The 'Social Text affair' was physicist Alan Sokal's hoaxing of the science studies journal Social Text with a bogus paper on the "Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity". Although intentionally meritless as argument, the paper used terminology common to social and cultural studies, deploying genuine quotations on science from continental philosophy icons such as Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) and Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924-1998). The acceptance of the paper for publication provoked a far-ranging debate about the status of science studies, of French intellectual culture, relativism versus realism, and the abuse of scientific terminology in the humanities. On this page, Sokal collects together a broad set of links and references to that debate, organised in terms of debates, commentaries, interviews, reviews, and further papers, deriving from both academic sources and the popular press. Of particular note is the annotated section on papers by Sokal, including the original article that sparked the affair. Many papers are in English, though a significant number of responses are in French and Portuguese. The site is fairly well maintained, but some links are no longer functioning. Some papers are in PDF format. This site would be of interest to students and researchers with either a morbid curiosity about alleged failings in humanities scholarship, or an interest in seeking to avoid them.
The Albert Camus Society UK website aims to promote the work and thought of Albert Camus. Well-organized and clearly structured, this site is easy to navigate, visually appealing and accessible to those with little prior knowledge of the work and life of Camus. Divided into six main sections, the Albert Camus Society UK site includes pages on: Camus' biography; his thought; the society itself; Camus' writing; further links; and a blog. The biographical pages offer a detailed, accurate and digestible overview of Camus' life and background. The section dedicated to Camus' thought provides an introduction to central questions which preoccupied him, such as absurdism and existentialism. It also offers brief synopses of other key works, namely: 'The Stranger'; 'The Plague'; and 'Caligula'. There is a lack of balance in the attention given to some texts over others; 'The Stranger' receiving the most detailed treatment. There is then practical information given about joining the society, a chronological list of Camus's writing and links to student resources on some of Camus' principle works. Finally, the Camus Society blog provides a space to share news, reviews, opinions and other information related to Camus studies such as events, seminars and recent publications. The blog page includes monthly archives which detail past postings. The site presents Camus' thought and work in clear terms, providing an accessible introduction to his philosophical ideas. As such, these pages will be most useful for undergraduate students and teachers of French literature and philosophy.
For those eager to locate electronic versions of major English and American literary or Western philosophical works, a good place to look is the Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts. Developed by Eric Morgan (North Carolina State University), the catalogue is a substantial search engine offering access to writings from over 100 different western authors, primarily from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, but with a few Aristotelian and Augustinian works thrown in for good measure. Alex has a collection development policy which in summary defines its scope as public domain texts (available in complete form), written in English, relevant to English, American Literature or Western Philosophy, and classed as great literature. On the last point the editor is guided by the inclusion of the work within such reference works as the Oxford Companions or the Norton Anthologies. Alex contains about 140 MB of texts (the actual number of distinct works is not easily available). The selection of works is eclectic at best, but it is difficult to imagine undergraduate students not encountering a sizeable portion of these authors during their academic careers. The catalogue itself may be searched by author and/or title, date, keyword, and whole volumes (which can often be very large) instantly read. Texts can be selected, built into corpora, and then further searched. Results are in the form of records which give details about the original publication date, any subsequent copyright date, subject keywords, and its location (both original and archive locations). Morgan has also gone out of his way to include additional features that make the texts more functional and portable. A number of the works are accompanied by an electronic concordance that will be welcomed by anyone trying to locate a particular theme or sentence. It is also possible to add the text to a personalised online bookshelf; create transferable PDF-files; or even configure files to read on Palm-based PDAs (Personal Data Assistants).
This is the homepage of the Bakhtin Centre which was founded at the University of Sheffield in 1994. The Centre promotes interdisciplinary work on the Russian philosopher, Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) and the Bakhtin Circle. This website contains information about the work of the Centre and its staff; and provides access to a range of online resources. Included amongst these is the Bakhtin Analytical Database, which aims to provide an inclusive record of works by and about the Bakhtin Circle. The database has an emphasis on Russian-language items which tend to be inaccessible outside Russian-speaking regions. The database contains, and can be searched by, a full list of bibliographic fields. Other resources include information about the Centre's printed journal, Dialogism: An International Journal of Bakhtin Studies; an email discussion forum; and the Centre's core projects. The Centre is directed by Professor Craig Brandist.
'Budhi: a journal of ideas and culture' is a cross-disciplinary refereed ejournal. At February 2009 there is one full-text issue online, although this is "Vol.9, No.1", from 2005. The journal aims to... "define and further develop the practices of thought in the fields of philosophy, theology, literature, culture, the social sciences, and the arts", and is published in English from Manila University in the Philippines. Articles are offered in PDF format. Example titles from the first issue are: 'Continental Philosophy: Towards the future'; 'Reimagining the Intervention Narrative: Complicity, Globalization, and Humanitarian Discourse'; and 'Notes on American Cultural Imperialism', among others. The journal also publishes poetry. There are details of the editor, Editorial Board, open access policy, and submissions procedure. Since no additional issues have been added since 2005, yet the stated frequency is "three times a year", it is possible the journal has effectively ceased publication online.
This is the home page of the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology. Founded in 1971, the organisation is dedicated to fostering and advancing the study of phenomenology specifically, and the continental philosophical tradition more broadly. This site makes available a number of resources useful to students of phenomenology at all levels, including: a brief overview of phenomenology; a photo collection of key thinkers in the field; a list of publishing outlets that cater to phenomenological research; an international registry of phenomenologists; and a list of new publications. Although certain parts of the site are in need of updating, it contains sufficient information such that it should prove useful to all those interested in phenomenology.
The Centre of Theology and Philosophy (COTP) is a research centre based in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. This homepage contains information about the centre's staff, fellows and members; courses they offer and the conferences they organise. The site, which should be of particular interest to those pursuing Religious Studies degree programmes, also provides resources like online papers (available in Word and PDF); a discussion forum; a news section; podcasts; reviews of recent publications in the areas of theology and philosophy; and links to relevant websites. The centre is directed by John Millbank, Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics. He is also the author of most of the online papers made available on the site.
This web resource is intended to provide resources and links for researchers and students in the various areas of continental philosophy. It contains an extensive range of links to sites covering all aspects of continental philosophy and most canonical figures in its history (for example, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Richard Rorty). In addition, there are sections covering deconstruction, critical theory, existentialism, and feminist theory and gender studies. The site is well-organised and easily navigable, featuring three independent drop down menus which allow users to select from a large range of fields of study, types of resources, or authors. Some topics and authors are very well represented with a great deal of bibliographical, biographical, and philosophical information available. Unfortunately, the quantity of resources offered on certain non-mainstream areas of continental thought is not so impressive. In addition to the above features, users can access general pages dedicated to a variety of aspects of continental philosophy, as well as the home pages of journals, societies, and centres. At the time this record was reviewed, a small number of the links were not in operation.
This website serves as a bulletin board for events and commentaries relating to Continental Philosophy. It is maintained by Farhang Erfani, an assistant professor of philosophy at the American University, in D.C. The materials, which comprise the main topics that fall within this branch of philosophy, are arranged in alphabetical order. There are also video recordings of lectures; and information about books; book reviews; and job vacancies. Viewers are allowed access to their monthly archives which date back to July 2006. The site also provides links to other blogs and the homepages of philosophical societies. A search engine is available.
This website describes Critical Spaces: the Centre for Critical Cultural Research at the University of Plymouth. The Centre aims to further interdisciplinary research across the “arts, humanities, social sciences and visual technologies”. Research areas include: cultural agency; art/theory post-socialism; art/theory and non-teleological creativity and thought. The centre orginates post doctoral projects and offers doctoral supervision as well as facilitating dissemination of research outputs and building European links. The Centre holds regular research events, such as conferences and symposia, and in 2007 organised an AHRC-funded workshop on creativity and social agency – the website includes more details of all these activities. The website includes brief biographies of some of the staff connected with the Centre, as well as information on its research degrees including the M.Res. programme in ‘Utopian Studies’. The website also includes four texts by Malcolm Miles: ‘Introduction to Critical Theory' ;'Walter Benjamin for Today?'; 'Society as a Work of Art'; 'Aesthetics and Politics: distance and engagement in the 1930s and the 1970s'.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), the famous French philosopher and writer, prepared his Discourse on Inequality (also called the Second Discourse) as an entry in a competition organized by the Academy of Dijon in 1754. He had won first prize in a previous competition (in 1750) with his Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts (the First Discourse), a victory which had helped to make him famous. The Second Discourse did not fare so well in the contest. When the Second Discourse was published again in 1782, Rousseau inserted a few short minor additions into the text. These are included here but are not indicated. The resource is available via the Oxford Text Archive (OTA) website, and can be downloaded as a zipped HTML file.
This is the homepage of 'The Dualist' - a journal which features work by undergraduates in philosophy from around the world. It is published by undergraduate students at the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University. The journal is primarily dedicated to essays in analytic philosophy, but there are also interviews with major thinkers, and occasional forays into Continental thought. Visitors are allowed access to articles published in previous volumes. The site also presents the journal's submission policy. With its commitment to the best writing, 'The Dualist' will be of interest to undergraduates studying philosophy, literature or politics.
This website is dedicated to the Lithuanian-born Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas (1906-1995). Famous for the assertion that ethics should replace ontology as 'first philosophy', Lévinas' works have been influential for a generation of French philosophers including Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion. This gateway to Lévinas-related resources on the web has been compiled by a Japanese enthusiast, Gen Nakayama, and contains some useful information, including: a bibliography of Lévinas' writings and links to sites grouped under such subject headings as: Judaism; Anti-Semitism and Racism; and the Holocaust. Users should note, however, that at the time this record was reviewed, the site does not seem to have been updated since 1998 and a number of the links are no longer in operation.
The Emmanuel Levinas Web Page provides an overview of the life and work of the Lithuanian-born philosopher and Talmudic commentator, who lived from 1906 to 1995. The site offers a list of Levinas's own works, plus an extensive and regularly updated bibliography of secondary literature. An announcements section provides details of relevant conferences and other events, and for those who would like to explore the subject further, there is a short list of links to resources elsewhere on the Web. The site is maintained by Peter Atterton of San Diego State University.
This ejournal (ISSN 1526-0569), published biannually, devotes each issue to a specific topic (recent topics include Business Ethics; The Philosophy of Language; and Civil Disobedience). Essays in Philosophy claims to follow 'no specific school of thought, mode of philosophizing, or style of writing', and although recent issues generally follow the Anglo-American tradition, there are essays in the Continental tradition covering such thinkers as Hegel, Husserl and Derrida. Published by Pacific University, the journal announces topics for upcoming issues one year in advance. The site also contains a large number of book reviews.
This is the homepage of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy (ESAP). Founded in 1991 by Kevin Mulligan, the organisation aims to serve as a forum that brings together analytic philosophers from across Europe through initiatives like conferences; workshops; an official journal (Dialectica); newsletters; and mailing lists. This website makes available past and upcoming news about these activities; as well as information about the society's history and statute, its steering committee and list of members (institutional and individual). The society is based at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva.
This enthusiast website provides an introduction to existentialism and existentialist philosophers, as well as Continental philosophy in general. The site contains a basic guide to the ideas that have shaped existentialist thought. There is an introductory discussion about what does and does not constitute existentialism; a lexicon defining concepts and terms favoured by existentialists; an introductory discussion on existential ethics; a page on the divisions between different types of existentialist thinkers; and a "context" section featuring a timeline of existentialism. A resources section has a basic reading list along with links to sites of further interest. The site also has more detailed information on individual thinkers; there are hyperlinks to brief biographies of many of the philosophers mentioned. The webmaster is adamant that the site is not intended as a study guide. It may, however, serve as a useful jumping-off point for those seeking an introduction to existentialism.
The site of the Phenomenological Society of Ljubljana is a fascinating gateway to Eastern European work on the post-Husserlian and post-Heideggerian philosophical tradition. The main aim of the society is to promote phenomenological and hermeneutic discussions on culture and science, and to this end the society, aided by its website, has been publishing its own book collection and journal entitled Phainomena (ISSN 1318-3362). The journal was the first specialised publication on phenomenological and hermeneutic philosophy in Middle and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It acts as a forum for phenomenologists in the region, and facilitates collaboration with philosophers from North and South America, Japan, China and Africa. The website provides administrative information about the Society and its journal, and also a list of contents and abstracts of past issues. The site can be viewed in both Slovenian and English. This site will be of interest to scholars of Continental philosophy who wish to open up global perspectives on this world-orientated thought.
This is the website for the online journal 'Film Philosophy' (ISSN 1466-4615) and its JISCmail discussion list, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of which promote "a philosophical view of cinema and film studies" and combine "original review-articles with immediate email response and argument". A substantial resource for both students and researchers interested in Film Studies, philosophical aesthetics and world cinema, 'Film Philosophy' offers scholarly articles, a discussion forum and a gateway to the best of the Web for Film and Cultural Studies in general. The scope of the site is vast. Topics for discussion within the site's journal and email list have included the work of individual filmmakers and critics such as: Jean Baudrillard; Jacques Derrida; Laura Mulvey; Slavoj Zizek; Gilles Deleuze; David Lynch; Lars von Trier; Wim Wenders; Ken Loach; as well as broader consideration of French cinema; German cinema; postmodern cinema; horror; the avant-garde; documentary, and so on. Post-modernist and post-structuralist thinking and references abound, but there are also nods to Plato (428-347 BCE), Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), Marxism, and psychoanalysis, to name but a few. The site consists of three main sections: a journal with film and book reviews, and articles; a 'salon' or email list (which also includes the journal texts and responses to them); and a portal containing news of events and publications, and extensive links to other philosophy and cinema-related sites. The complete archive contents of the journal and the salon are freely and openly available. Instructions for joining the discussion list or receiving the digest version, and for contributing book reviews and articles, are given. This site would be of interest to students and researchers in aesthetics, cultural studies, or film theory, or to the philosophically-minded film-buff in search of an intellectual perspective on the medium.
'Foucault Studies' is a peer reviewed electronic journal devoted to the work of French thinker, Michel Foucault. This bi-annual online publication aims to be a discussion forum that explores the impact of Foucault's work (such as the less well-known 1994 publication in French of a four-volume collection of shorter writings and the publications of lectures). The journal invites contributions from across the disciplines to reflect the range of Foucault's impact and applicability. As well as articles, the journal aims to publish translations of some of Foucault's shorter essays, together with book reviews and conference reports. The inaugural issue of the journal features articles on: Foucault and Left Conservatism, and Foucault as a virtue ethicist, as well as a translation of the essay Crisis of Medicine, or Anti-Medicine, reviews and an introduction to two extensive bibliographical resources on the Michel Foucault: Resources website. Abstracts for articles are provided, and all contributions to the journal are available as PDFs. Full submission details are available; all submissions must be in English.
Foundations of Political Theory is a specialist section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). This website outlines the purpose of the organization and its bylaws, and offers links to a number of online resources useful for the study of political theory. These include: journals and texts; newsletters; and course syllabi (although quite a number of the links were not active at the time of review). Access is also given to the home pages of organizations and research institutes. Details of forthcoming conferences, events and job vacancies are also provided, but the site does not appear to be regularly updated. The organization is chaired by Michael Gibbons of the University of South Florida.
GTH is an online glossary for translating the works of philosopher Edmund Husserl (1859-1958), founder of the branch of philosophy known as phenomenology. The glossary takes the form of a database, accessible both online and available to download free of charge. Work on the database is ongoing and the primary aim is to establish and maintain a glossary to translate Husserl's works into Spanish. However, much work has also gone into providing a glossary for translating Husserl into English, French, Italian, Catalan, and Portuguese. While still a work in progress, the GTH represents a useful tool for postgraduate researchers of Husserl. Contributions to the site are welcomed and its authors regularly update information held on the database.
The Habermas Forum was started in 2001 by a group of professors from Denmark and Norway interested in sharing ideas and resources about the work of philosopher and critical theorist, Jürgen Habermas. The website aims to bring those interested in Habermas together to gather information about books, reviews and events. There are bibliographies of Habermas' writings, and links are provided to several online texts, mostly articles written by Habermas or interviews he has given. These are generally hosted on external sites and are written in various languages. Several have been translated into English. A search engine is available. The resource, which is edited by Kristian Hansen and Thomas Gregersen, is updated on a weekly basis.
The Hegel.net website is dedicated to the life and thought of the nineteenth-century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831). Created to support research both within and outside of the academic community, it provides a range of resources, including articles; a list of FAQs; a Hegel gallery; and information on the contemporaries of Hegel. Perhaps most usefully, the site includes links to all major collections of e-texts relating to Hegel, including primary and secondary resources. A helpful bibliography is provided and mailing list/discussion forums are available for those who wish to participate further.
Illuminations: the Critical Theory Web Site is a small but interesting site dedicated to the Frankfurt School critical theorists. Illuminations itself does not carry any texts by the theorists themselves, perferring to provide links to pages that do. However, there are extended articles and monographs on those associated with the Frankfurt School, such as Theodore Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas. Indeed, possibly the most interesting aspect of the site is the engaged writing by its editors and contributors. Ben Agger, Douglas Kellner, Steven Best and Stephen Bonner obviously consider themselves to be the 'new generation' of Frankfurt School theorists. This alone makes Illuminations more lively and committed than sites given over to intellectual curation and the 'Frankfurt industry'. Researchers as well as undergraduates will find this site and its excellent links indispensible.
'Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy' (ISSN: 1502-3923) came into being in 1958 and has since published articles on all areas of philosophy. The site includes instructions for authors, pricing details, and subscription information. It contains the table of contents of all issues published since 1958, many of which come with abstracts. A full-text sample issue is also available, although free user registration is required to view this. Articles featured include: 'Winch on moral dilemmas and moral modality'; 'Metaphysics and morality'; 'Rorty on religion and hope'; 'Foucault and ethical universality'; 'Modernity and morality in Habermas' discourse ethics'; and 'The perspectival nature of probability and inference'. The journal is published 6 times a year by Routledge and it is edited by Professor Wayne Martin of the University of Essex.
The Institut d'études lévinassiennes, based in both Paris and Jerusalem, is a research centre dedicated to discussion and analysis of the Lithuanian-born Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas (1905-1995). Famous for the assertion that ethics should replace ontology as 'first philosophy,' Lévinas's works have been influential for a generation of French philosophers including Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion. The Institut d'études lévinassiennes is an excellent source of information for the Lévinas scholar, containing extensive biographical and bibliographical details as well as access to some useful online articles and information on the activities of the Institute itself (its courses, seminars, and an online forum). All information is provided in French and is available free of charge. Highly recommended.
'The International Journal of Philosophical Studies' (ISSN: 1466-4542) is an academic journal which publishes articles in all areas of philosophy. It is published four times a year, and is edited by Maria Baghramian of University College Dublin. This website makes available the table of contents for all articles published since 1993; many of which come with abstracts. The full-text of a sample issue is also available, although this requires free user registration. Topics covered include: transcendental constraints and transcendental features; ethics, postmodernism and the Enlightenment spirit of modernity; logical knowledge; theoretical paradox and practical dilemma; knowledge and power in Plato's political thought; and the nature of transcendental arguments. Instructions for authors are also provided.
International Socialism (ISSN: 1754-4653) is a quarterly journal dedicated to socialist theory. Based in London, it is edited by Chris Harman and published by the Socialist Workers' Party. This website provides access to all works featured since 2003 and they are available without charge. These include the following articles: 'The shape of the working class'; 'A history of Muslim workers in Britain'; 'Marxism and terrorism'; and 'Socialism in the 21st century'. The site also provides links to relevant online resources and audio recordings from a few conferences. This should be a useful resource for those interested in political philosophy.
This is the Web page of the Austrian Karl Jaspers Society. Jaspers (1883-1969) examined the link between psychology and philosophy in his books 'General Psychopathology' and 'Psychology of the World-View'. He opposed the Nazi government and in 1946 published 'The Question of German Guilt' as a study of how the German populace was led by Hitler and the Nazis. The website contains a short news section, and a section on events (not up-to-date at the time of writing this), along with a select list of useful links to other Web resources on Jaspers. Its principal value, however, lies in the reproductions of the contents pages and abstracts of articles published in the 'Yearbook of the Austrian Karl Jaspers Society'. Not all volumes include abstracts, but those that do are written in both German and English. A link to the publisher of the journal is also provided.
Kritike is an open access online philosophy journal. Based in the Philippines, it has a broad remit, covering all philosophical topics, but with a particular focus on analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, and East-West comparative philosophy. Interdisciplinary contributions are also encouraged. In addition to articles (which are peer-reviewed), the journal also accepts creative works (e.g. fiction or poetry) with strong philosophical content. Guidelines for potential contributors are provided. The journal has been published twice yearly since 2007.
This website contains the text of a lecture series delivered by Robert Cavalier of Carnegie Mellon University on one of the most influential philosophical texts of the 20th century, Being and Time, by Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). The lectures are designed to serve as a guide to the reading of that text, and the analysis is thoughtful and careful, and may therefore prove to be of some use to the undergraduate student attempting to come to grips with this difficult work. The lectures are helpfully divided into subjects easily relatable to various sections of Being and Time.
The Merleau-Ponty Circle is an organisation of scholars and students interested in the thought of the influential French philosopher, Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1907-1961). The organisation convenes annually for a conference and periodically publishes a collection of papers. The site makes available all past newsletters of the Circle, information on past and upcoming conferences, including any calls for papers, a selected bibliography of Merleau-Ponty's work, and a discussion board. Membership to the Circle is free, and instructions on how to join are given.
This resource, which has been on the internet since 1998, is dedicated to the works of the French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-1984). The site offers a bibliography, in PDF format, of all known publications of Foucault from 1954 to 1984, including: interviews, conversations and discussions with him; and details of lectures presented by him. Also available are the texts of some of his written work and lectures, as well as background information about him. There are details of Foucault-L, an e-mail discussion list, which has a freely accessible archive of over ten thousand posts. The site provides a search engine.
The 'michel-foucault.com' site is intended to supply information and resources for the study of the life and work of Michel Foucault (1926-1984). The site includes: a list of frequently-asked questions about Foucault; key concepts; links to further resources; a links page to a bibliography of Foucault's works in English; a general bibliography; translations; Foucault quotations; news and events; information about the Foucault reading group; and details about Foucault Studies. This is a well-organized and informative site which is easy to navigate and useful to students and researchers alike.
The website of the North American Sartre Society (NASS) provides information about this organisation, which is dedicated to supporting a comprehensive study of the French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980). The Society organises and sponsors an international conference (which occurs roughly every year and a half), and publishes the journal, 'Sartre Studies International,' which is available free of charge to members (and also to members of the sister organisation, the United Kingdom Society for Sartrean Studies). The website provides contact details for those wishing to find out more, membership information, and an archive section which offers details of past conferences and other relevant events.
Phenomenology Online, created by Dr Max van Manen of the University of Alberta, serves as an excellent introduction to the various aspects of phenomenology. The site makes available full-text articles, dissertations, an annotated bibliography, brief biographies and photos of eminent scholars, a glossary of frequently used terms, and, most impressively, an interactive map of the various aspects of phenomenology. The map Manen has created is a good way for students interested in phenomenology to conceptualize the development of phenomenology and the various philosophical approaches to it. Each branch within the map is accompanied by a concise but illuminating explanation. This is a fabulous resource for students interested in phenomenology.
Philosophy Pages is a useful reference source for students of Western philosophy. It is maintained by Garth Kemerling of Newbury College, USA. The site includes a dictionary of philosophical terms and names, which serves as a helpful guide to technical terms and personal names often encountered in the study of philosophy. It also features a narrative description of the historical development of Western philosophy. The site's other constituent elements are: a timeline for canonical figures in the history of Western philosophy; a summary treatment of the elementary principles of logic; a study guide for students of philosophy; and links to other philosophy resources on the Web. The site is well-designed and easily navigable via a simple menu which appears at the top of each page. Users can also download the entire site if they wish.
Prepared by students in the Anthropology department at the University of Alabama under the guidance of Professor Michael D. Murphy, 'Postmodernism and its Critics' is a straightforward introduction to the basic concepts and figures of postmodernist and related theories, including poststructuralism; deconstruction; and postcolonialism. While there is a slight emphasis on the anthropological aspects and applications of postmodern theory, for the most part the information on the site ranges across disciplines. It includes a brief discussion of the basic premises, ideas, and leading thinkers of postmodernism, plus a list of key works and sources. There are also some links to other relevant sites of interest, including the ever-entertaining Postmodernism Generator which, with its ability to automatically generate essays riddled with postmodernist jargon, serves as a warning to the enthusiast. 'Postmodernism and its Critics' is by no means a complete or thorough reference guide to the theory, but it would serve as a useful starting point for the novice in this field, especially undergraduates baffled by the wealth of conflicting and opaque notions that surround postmodern theory.
This resource provides an overview of existentialism and phenomenology, and includes information on an extensive range of existentialist writers, poets, psychologists, and philosophers. The site is primarily aimed at those hitherto unacquainted with the basics of existentialism and phenomenology, and perhaps as a consequence of its target audience, it is burdened by an excessive use of flashy advertisements for unrelated objects or activities which detract from its informational purpose. That purpose is to offer a helpful summary and definitions of the two schools of thought, as well as elementary accounts of some of their essential themes. (Definitions and explanations are illustrated throughout by quotations taken from primary existentialist sources.) The site also features an inventory of canonical figures in the history of existentialism, a selection of quotations from each of these, reviews of books on existentialism, and a forum for discussion. There are in addition links to considerably less philosophical pages concerning love poetry, haiku, dolphins and the works of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Advertisements aside, the site is clearly presented and very easy to use. It may be of use to the absolute beginner in existentialism and phenomenology wishing to learn more about the fundamental figures and ideas behind the movements. Or hoping to win a free laptop or download a dolphin screensaver.
The 'Rousseau Association' is a site dedicated to the life and works of eighteenth-century French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). This site allows a user to browse through a substantial body of primary and secondary material on Rousseau. It is divided into the following sections: About the Rousseau Association; Conferences; Publications; and About Rousseau. The latter page is subdivided further into the following pages: biography (in which short biographies are excerpted from reliable publications); works (giving links to many primary texts); music composed by the philosopher; images; and scholarship. The site is produced and maintained by the Rousseau Association, which describes itself as 'a bilingual, international, interdisciplinary society devoted to the study of Jean-Jacques Rousseau'. Extensive information on the Association's many colloquia and publications is provided on the site and links to other helpful online resources are also given. The Rousseau Association website represents a reliable collection of online information on Rousseau.
The website, SaussureScape, which is part of SWIRL, an interdisciplinary project at Southern Oregon University, acts as a rather useful reference resource and glossary for the fields of linguistics and postmodern cultural studies. Users will find summaries of key areas, together with links to related online resources and lists of suggested reading material. Areas of concern include: ethnicity; culture; gender; postcolonialism; and performance. Similar profiles and links are provided for a range of influential linguists and critical theorists including: Jacques Derrida; Michel Foucault; Jean Baudrillard; Judith Butler; Julia Kristeva; Donna Haraway; Fredric Jameson; and Ferdinand de Saussure. Broad theoretical paradigms are also defined and explored on the site, and a useful glossary of postmodern and poststructural terminology is provided. Links to websites for relevant projects both within Southern Oregon University and elsewhere are also provided. At the time this record was reviewed, the site does not seem to have been updated for a significant period of time and certain areas of the site are less well-developed than others. However, as a guide to postmodern thinking, and critical theory, this is a useful resource.
The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), founded in 1962 by John Wild, is an organisation dedicated to fostering philosophical scholarship inspired by Continental philosophical traditions. Such traditions include, for example: critical theory; existentialism; German Idealism; phenomenology; hermeneutics, and post-structuralism. The Society holds an annual conference and periodically publishes the papers delivered at conferences in its series entitled, 'Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy'. Past titles of the series include: 'Phenomenology, Interpretation, and Community'; 'Conflicts and Convergences'; and 'Extending the Horizon of Continental Philosophy'. Information for those wishing to order past publications and/or become members of the Society is readily available, as are calls for papers, links to sites of related interest, and a listing of graduate programs in Continental philosophy. The site is extremely well presented and highly accessible.
The Society for Philosophy in Practice (SPP) (formerly the British Society of Consultant Philosophers) is a professional organization which seeks to promote philosophical consultancy, Socratic dialogue, philosophy for children, and the use of philosophy in general. This website gives details of the courses they offer; an events diary; information on membership; and a 'Code of Practice for Consultant Philosophers' drafted by the organization. The site also gives full-text access to 'PipTalk' - the society's newsletter. It is published annually and contains short articles and interviews. Users are likewise directed to the home page of 'Practical Philosophy' - the society's official journal which is published twice a year. It contains book reviews and articles on philosophical counselling, Socratic dialogue, philosophy for children, and other aspects of practical philosophy.
The 'Foucault' website is part of an extensive site, www.theory.org.uk, for the study of topics in critical theory. The site and this section were created by David Gauntlett, Professor of Media and Audiences at the Media School, University of Westminster. The Foucault site provides a range of information about Michel Foucault (1926-1984), including: introductory material; a limited number of essays; books and book reviews; and a substantial section entitled, 'Foucault's Paris', a virtual (and semi-humorous) tour of the parts of Paris closely associated with Foucault. The site offers links to further online resources.
This website is the homepage of “The Xavier Zubiri Foundation of North America”. The foundation is committed to the dissemination and study of the thought of the Spanish philosopher Xavier Zubiri, and pays special attention to its international dimension. The website gives access to downloadable full-text articles of "The Xavier Zubiri Review", which has been published by the foundation since 1998. Both the journal and the website rely on transnational academic exchanges, something which is reflected both in the character of the articles published and the updated announcements which are posted on the website. In addition to this, there are sections on: Xavier Zubiri’s life; his work; his official bibliography; and secondary literature. A generous introduction to his philosophy is, too, provided and is available for download. The site can be accessed both in English and Spanish.