Ancrene Wisse Preface is a downloadable resource, from the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) website, available as a zipped PDF and HTML file. Ancrene Wisse, a Middle English 'rule' or guide for female recluses, was composed in the West Midlands in the early thirteenth century. It is a carefully-constructed work, divided into the Preface edited here and eight parts (called by the author distinctiones). This edition offers a corrected form of the text of the Preface in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 402, but also draws on the evidence of the manuscripts as a whole to place it within the broader history of the development of the work.
The American Philosophical Association (APA) Newsletter Web page offers online versions of several newsletters published by the organisation. Titles of regular newsletters (typically published twice a year) include: Philosophy and Computers; Feminism and Philosophy; Philosophy and the Law; Philosophy and Medicine; and Teaching Philosophy. Other topics are covered on a more intermittent basis, including a number of publications devoted to the experience of members of a range of ethnic groups (for example: Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies; The Black Experience; and Hispanic/Latino Issues). Each newsletter offers a collection of articles, and may also include book reviews and other material. The archive covers the period from 1995 to the present. The more recent editions are available in both HTML and PDF versions; the older ones are in HTML only.
This is the website of CentreLGS, an AHRC-funded interdisciplinary research centre bringing together academics from the Universities of Keele, Kent and Westminster, to study gender and sexuality, and its relationship with law, governance and normativity. The centre aims to bridge the humanities and social sciences including work focussing on: equality; healthcare and bioethics; law and culture; governance and regulation. As well as more detailed information on the Centre’s research and members the website also describes the Centre’s programme of activities including conferences, seminars, a visiting academic scheme and doctoral training.
Cyberspace, Hypertext and Critical Theory web is an online collection of interlinked materials across many academic disciplines, which consider the implications of digital technology. The range of these implications is thought-provoking and covers: physical; psychological; philosophical; and moral consequences. Cyberspace deals primarily with the virtual interactions made possible by networked computer systems, while critical theory analyses how these interactions effect: communication; discourse; and the development of ideas. The introductory tour helps to explain these concepts to the newcomer and is a valuable part of the site. Once it is understood that cyberspace acts as a medium, while critical theory evaluates its role, other areas of this site become accessible. The site may be explored via anchors under headings including: Cyberspace; Hypertext; Critical Theory; Infotech; Politics; Economics; Visual Art and Cyborgs. As well as discussion of the technical aspects of cyberspace, balanced against its role as a Utopian/Dystopian resource, there are also a large number of articles considering the use of these concepts by fiction writers and artists. These are discussed under: Body and Self; Anime; and Cyberpunk Scifi. At first glance, this site is highly complex and perhaps intimidating to those unfamiliar with the broad spectrum of its concepts; the resource provides the user with a introduction to the website and a tour as well as with a search facility (unfortunately at the time of writing - June 2009 - the link is not working). However, its helpful navigation tools and clear presentation are user friendly and make it an excellent introduction for the beginner, as well as a useful resource for the more advanced researcher.
The American Philosophical Association (APA) Diversity Syllabi Project Web page offers a collection of sample syllabi for philosophy courses focusing on various aspects of the theme of diversity. Specific topics include: African American Philosophy; American Indian Philosophy; Asian Philosophy; Feminist Philosophy; Philosophical Perspectives on Disability Studies; Race and Multiculturalism; Peace and Social Justice/Philosophy of Law; and Gay and Lesbian Philosophy. Much of the material is hosted on site, but there are also a few links to external sources (some of which, unfortunately, are broken). The APA hopes that this site will encourage other instructors to develop courses of their own in these various fields, or to incorporate elements from these topics into more general philosophy courses.
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 online bibliography for the critical theorist Judith Butler (1956-) was compiled by Eddie Yeghiayan to accompany Butler's Wellek Library lecture series at the Critical Theory Institute, the University of California in 1998. Best known for her interrogation of cultural constructions of gender, and for developing a theory of performativity, Butler is one of the leading theorists in gender studies and post-structuralism. Presenting a comprehensive list of texts by Butler published between 1982 and 2002, the bibliography also lists reviews of Butler's work, as well as references to Butler and her work. A search facility is available.
Labyrinth is an international ejournal of feminist thinking in philosophy, the arts and culture. Primarily in English, French and German, the journal consists of special issues devoted to one topic, such as the work of Simone de Beauvoir, or the relationship between philosophy and theology. As such, Labyrinth is able to publish writing on topics as diverse as the politics of biography and the feminist readings of the work of Paul Ricoeurs. Beautifully produced, Labyrinth offers an interchange of feminist thinking in a variety of disciplines. It will be of interest to anyone working in literature or philosophy. Unfortunately the site has not been updated in recent years and the volume on Simone de Beauvoir is no longer available, although there is a promise to reinstate it elsewhere. The remaining two volumes, however, are still of value to users.
'Notes on the Women Philosophers of the 17th and 18th Centuries' is a partially-annotated bibliographical resource, compiled by Peter Suber, a senior research professor of philosophy at Earlham College. There are bibliographical listings of various general histories and anthologies of writings by and on women philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as sections individually covering bibliographical material on twelve women philosophers of the period. The philosophers presently covered are: Ann Bradstreet (1612/13-1672); Elisabeth, Princess of Bohemia (1618-1680); Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673); Anne Finch, Viscountess of Conway (1631-1678); Damaris Cudworth, Lady Masham (1659-1708); Mary Astell (1666-1731); Catharine Cockburn Trotter (1679-1749); Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814); Catherine Macaulay (1731-1791); Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820); Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797); and Lady Mary Shepherd (1777-1847). The resource is fairly easy on the eye, and there are hyperlinks to each of the three main parts.
The Open Humanities Press (OHP) is the website of an open access publishing group offering independent journals in critical and cultural theory. OHP journals are freely available online, peer-reviewed, and supervised by an Editorial Advisory Board. The website has full details of the OHP project, and the names of Board members. At the time of reviewing, there were ten journals available via the website: Cosmos and History; Culture Machine; Fast Capitalism; Fibreculture; Film-Philosophy; International Journal of Zizek Studies; Image & Narrative; Parrhesia; Postcolonial Text; and Vectors. Vectors requires the use of Flash to view.
'Philosophy of Computer Games' is a website that was part of a major conference series on the topic, held at the University of Copenhagen in 2005, in Italy in 2007, and at Postdam in 2008. The website has all the details one would expect to find on the website of a major conference series. Proceedings are not available on the website, but there are are substantial abstracts of the papers presented in 2008, and biographies of speakers, which forms a useful free online resource. These can be found in the section titled "Abstracts / Bios". There is also an external Web link to external Web pages for the earlier conferences. The 2007 website - if one follows the chain of links for long enough - has abstracts and a free video archive of that conference. It is to be expected that there will be similar links to a dedicated website for the May 2008 conference, in time. This will be a useful starting point for those considering the philosophical implications of interactive computer-based experiences, and seeking fellow researchers on the subject.
'Philosophy of Computer Games' is a website for a major conference on the topic held in Italy in 2007. The website has all the details one would expect to find on the website of a major conference. It also contains a useful concise overview of the conference themes. Twenty of the conference papers are made freely available online, in full-text form, either as PDF or Powerpoint files (these are to be found via the 'Programme' menu item). Linked from the front page, but not from the main menu, is a complete video archive of all three days of the conference, presented as Flash video. These Flash videos can be easily navigated by speaker, but cannot easily be downloaded. This website will be a very useful starting point for those considering the philosophical implications of interactive computer-based experiences, and seeking fellow researchers on the subject. The 2007 conference was part of a series - there were also conferences in 2005 (abstracts only) and 2008 (PDF and video anticipated).
Initially crreated as a research tool for an honours course at Villanova University, queertheory.com is a huge bibliographic database dedicated to providing a comprehensive gateway to online resources in gender studies, queer theory, and related topics. With indexes for books, authors, scholars, schools, and arts, the site is easily navigable and contains references to many thousands of textual and online resources. Resources on the following topics are available: academics; arts; bodies; cultures; futures; histories; identities; politics; relations; theories; and things. Much of the information included on the site is useful and up-to-date and the site is well-presented.
The 'Research Sources on Concepts of Person and Self' website offers resources which are useful to those studying these concepts. The site is divided into two main sections. The first contains a bibliographic listing of relevant materials. These are organised both alphabetically and under the following themes: Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science; Self-Consciousness; Pathologies of the Self; Embodiment, Self, and Personal Identity; Developmental Theories of Self; Studies of Animal Cognition and Self-Recognition; Social Construction of the Self; Theory of Mind; Narrative Theories of Personal Identity; Feminist Theories/Gender Studies of Self Identity; Concept of the Person in Law, Politics, and Ethics; Historical Studies: Texts and Commentaries; Medical Issues and the Person; and Personalism. The second section connects users to the online texts of books; conference papers; journal articles; and book chapters. This website is maintained by Shaun Gallagher, Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Central Florida. Search engines are available.
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.
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), French feminist and writer, wrote many influential works. Her most famous book, 'The Second Sex', is reprinted on this site and available to download free of charge. This full-text version of H.M. Parshley's translation is divided into five parts, which are each available to download separately: the Introduction; Chapter One Biology, Chapter Two Psychology; Chapter Three History; and the Conclusion. De Beauvoir's 1976 interview "The Second Sex: 25 Years On" is also available at this website, as is an extract from de Beauvoir's autobiography on the publication of The Second Sex. These texts are made available through the vast Marxists Internet Archive, and form part of their Simone de Beauvoir Archive.
This is the homepage of the Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP), an organisation which aims to support and advance the work of women philosophers. Resources available on this website include: information about their divisions, newsletter and electronic discussion list (SWIP-L); a reading list and bibliographies of print-based materials (on topics such as feminist films; feminism and the history of philosophy; African American feminist theory; and masculinity); online articles (e.g. on how feminism is rewriting the philosophical canon); sample course syllabi for feminist philosophy; a gallery of women philosophers; statistics on women in philosophy; and links to relevant websites. Maintenance of the site is rather variable, and not all areas appear to be regularly updated. Indeed a number of the links appeared broken at the time this record was reviewed. There is nevertheless a substantial amount of useful material here.
Women and Marxism is part of the Marxist Internet Archive (MIA). This is a well maintained site that provides a broad range of writing on women's issues and Marxism from almost fifty nineteenth and twentieth century writers. Though not all the authors are Marxists their contributions are included to give context and reference to the cultural and political milieu in which women worked and agitated during their struggles. There are few references to contemporary Marxism-Feminism, the majority of transcriptions being represented by classic texts. Simple to navigate the site is divided into three sections; non-fiction authors, fiction and poetry, and subjects. Subjects is sub-divided into fourteen sections including sex relations, marriage, family, reproduction, labour and suffrage. The larger MIA site is administered and built by volunteers from all over the world, most of whom are non-academics.
The Women Philosophers website is an online project which aims to draw attention to female philosophers from ancient times through to the 20th century. The site is arranged in chronological sections, each of which provides a list of key figures. For each philosopher listed, a brief biography is given; where appropriate, this is accompanied by information about her historical context. Links are provided to relevant material elsewhere online, including electronic versions of philosophers' works, where these are available. The site provides a useful overview of the history of philosophy by women.