This is the homepage of Abstracta, an online-only international philosophy journal (ISSN: 1807-9792) which focuses on the following areas: Epistemology; Logic; Metaphysics; Moral Philosophy; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Mind and Psychology; and Philosophy of Science. It publishes articles and book reviews, and receives submission written in English and Portuguese. This website allows access to all contents featured in the journal since the first volume was published in 2004. These are presented in PDF and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. The site also contains the journal's submission policy and information about how to join their mailing list. Links are further provided to over 1000 electronic texts by over 300 philosophers; as well as to other relevant websites. The journal is edited by Andre Abath; Leonardo de Mello Ribeiro and Carlos de Sousa. This homepage is also available in Portuguese.
'Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology' is a freely available, refereed, online journal of literary and cultural analysis (ISSN: 1083-7264). The journal's website also offers the 'Chronicles of Love and Resentment', an occasional column of cultural commentary by the journal's editor, Eric Gans. The journal, which appears twice a year, continues Gans' vision of focussing on "generative anthropology", defined in the statement of purpose as the attempt to understand cultural phenomena by tracing back their source to the 'hypothetical scene of origin in which human beings as sign-using creatures first emerged'. Articles have examined issues and theorists related to poststructuralism and postmodernism, including deconstruction, and the works of Jacques Derrida and René Girard. The journal has also featured interviews with Girard and Wolfgang Iser. Articles tend to be of a high quality, but are also highly theoretical and likely to be of interest mainly to advanced scholars working in the field. Full contents of past issues of the journal, dating back to its origins in 1995, can be downloaded in PDF, or as zip files. HTML versions of many articles are also available. Additional site features include: an introduction to the principles of generative anthropology; a bibliography of relevant works; links to further sites; and a generative anthropology blog.
Based at the University of St. Andrews, Arché was founded in 1998, with a mission to foster research of excellence on fundamental questions in analytical metaphysics, formal and philosophical logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of mind. The Centre receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for several major research projects (some ongoing, some now completed): The Logical and Metaphysical Foundations of Classical Mathematics; The Grundgesetze Translation Project; The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Modality; and Vagueness: its Nature and Logic. The site carries detailed descriptions of these projects and invites philosophers to collaborate. Indeed, the centre is proud of its commitment to collaborative work, and regards itself as a focal point for scholars in the field. Information on fellowships, graduate studies and events are all available on the site, as is the Arché Twiki, a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas. Also provided are a small selection of podcasts, photographs and links to relevant websites.
Bas van Fraassen is an influential philosopher of science and philosophical logic, currently at Princeton University. This, his personal website, contains a wealth of information both professional and personal. A CV, a teaching section, a thorough bibliography of publications and the full text of articles, are offset by pictures of rock climbing and the family cats. Van Fraassen has also compiled bibliographies of articles and reviews pertaining to several of his books. Some excerpts and reviews are in PDF. Van Fraassen is a prolific and wide-ranging philosopher, who has written on science, logic, semantics, epistemology, metaphysics, art, literature and religion. This site would be of use to anyone interested in keeping tabs on his vast and continuing contributions to philosophy.
This site provides a forum for the scholarly discussion of philosophical issues arising from the work of Noam Chomsky. It forms part of the University of Chicago Philosophy Project and will be of interest to graduate students and researchers. Various members of the discussion group (which there is the option of joining) contribute papers regarding such issues as the innateness hypothesis and rule-following. There are also transcripts of exchanges between members of the group, and a common reading list to which all of the contributors refer. Although not particularly attractive, the site is easy enough to navigate.
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.
'Francis Lodwick: a working bibliography' is a website created by the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Oxford. The site's aim is to provide more detail about the seventeenth-century linguist and philosopher Francis Lodwick and to enable further study of his works in the absence of other detailed bibliographies. The site gives: a brief biography of Lodwick; a short explanation of the rationale behind the bibliography; and the bibliography itself. This resource sheds some light on a relatively neglected but important figure in English philosophical and linguistic thought, and would interest students and researchers working in: philosophy; English; and linguistics.
This site contains the transcript of various interviews conducted in 1992 between Yasuhiko Tomida, a Japanese philosopher who is also responsible for creating the site, and W. V. Quine (1908-2000), the late American philosopher of language and epistemology. The interviews are divided up into different titled sections in which various aspects of Quine's thought is discussed, including pragmatism and naturalism, as well as his responses to Carnap and Davidson. The text is also annotated with references, and was included in Tomida's 1994 book, 'Quine and the Contemporary American Philosophy'. The presentation is somewhat austere but perfectly clear.
Kent Bach is professor in the Department of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. His personal home page includes online versions of his publications in the area of the philosophy of language, especially speech-acts and conversational implicature. Bach is also concerned with philosophical problems surrounding referring and belief-reports, and issues at the intersection between mind and world, such as self-deception and truth. Aside from articles on these topics, he has also published a large number of reviews and encyclopaedia entries, also included on the site. Also featured near the bottom of the home page is a select set of links to philosophy and other sites of interest.
Language is a website compiled and written by students at Duke University. It presents succinct introductory essays on language and its relations to the following areas: philosophy; neurobiology; psychology; and cultural anthropology. There is also a general essay by the editor of the website. Of prime interest to philosophers is the essay by Marnie Riddle, which outlines the history and basic concepts of the various movements surrounding logical empiricism (including logical positivism), ordinary language philosophy and its roots in the early work of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), and some more recent developments in philosophy of language. The other essays also contain material relevant to philosophy of mind, epistemology, and language, such as discussions of the work of the behaviourist B.F. Skinner (1904-1990), and the linguists Noam Chomsky (1928-), and Benjamin Whorf (1897-1941). The essays are clearly divided into sub-sections and a bibliography for each is provided. The essays may be of use to students who are seeking some basic information on language and its significance in certain areas of philosophy.
This is a website for a Scandinavian research project undertaken in 1997-2000. It is dedicated to certain problems in the philosophy of language, namely the relation between language seen as a syntactic-semantic system and the use of language within a context of human practice. The general philosophical background of the project is largely shaped by the ideas of Gottlob Frege, one of the influential figures in modern philosophy of language. The researchers are challenging a point of view predominant in analytical philosophy of language and contemporary linguistics. This view states that linguistic phenomena can be captured by the description of language as a syntactic-semantic system. The philosophical institutions participating in the project are: Åbo Akademi University; the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim; Uppsala University; and the University of Iceland. The site presents an overview of the project; the texts of a selection of papers that have arisen from the project's research in HTML and Word format; and the introduction to the book The Practice of Language, which summarises the ideas behind the research. This site is of interest to linguistics and philosophers of language. At the time of review the site hadn't been updated since 1999.
Meaning and speech acts is a lengthy (167K) overview article on the analysis of what is meant by speech acts. The article is divided into the following sections: Speakers, Hearers and overhearers; Locutions, illocutions, and perlocutions within the hierarchy of acts; Performative clauses; Speech act classification and definition; Presuppositions and preconditions on illocutions; Clause-type and primary illocution; The inference schema for calculating illocutionary point; On-record and off-record, literal and nonliteral; Cultural diversity; More than one illocution in an utterance; Speech acts and discourse; Summary; and References. Meaning and speech acts was first published on the Web in 1998.
The Metaphor Analysis Project was a ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) funded project which ran for six months in 2006. The project website provides details of the project's activities, plus some associated resources. An introductory section gives an overview of the reasons for investigating metaphor, a summary of the project aims and context, guidelines for good practice, and an annotated bibliography. Other sections give information about contemporary theories of metaphor via a selection of short papers, and details of the project's procedure for analysing metaphor. Also included are details of the project team, lists of their key publications and of other related research projects, and information about project workshops.
Mind & Language is a scholarly journal taking an interdisciplinary approach to studying the phenomena of mind and language. It invites contributions from areas such as linguistics; philosophy; psychology; artificial intelligence; cognitive anthropology, "creating the conditions for a fusion of effort, thus making real progress towards a deeper and more far-reaching understanding of phenomena of mind and language". The journal publishes original articles, as well as forums, survey articles, and reviews of recent books. The site offers a link to journal contents and abstracts; a content alert service (Select); an online sample issue (full-text) available upon registration; information for contributors; and a link to Ingenta Journals, where full-text access is available to members of subscribing institutions. Alternatively, a Pay-Per-View service is available for access to individual articles.
This is the homepage of 'Mind and Society' - a series of annual symposia organised jointly by the sociology departments of the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. The initiative aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines who are interested in the implications of Wittgensteinian philosophy in the studies of science and technology, and social science. This website contains information about all the meetings they have held since the first symposium was organised in 1994. There are details of the board and the participants; and a map of how to get to the symposium. There are also details of recent publications and access to a number of articles. Links are provided to relevant websites.
The Nordic Journal of Philosophical Logic (NJPL) is an electronic publication (ISSN: 0806-6213) devoted to papers in formal and philosophical logic and the philosophy of language. It is based at and edited by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. The papers which appear in the journal are written in English and are available in a variety of formats, including HTML, Postcript, and PDF. The papers can be browsed online or downloaded for printing. Users can access all back issues of the journal which date back to May 1996. However, free access is only allowed for volumes published until 2000. Works published after that date are not featured on the site and are accessible only to subscribers. Indeed the site itself does not seem to have been updated since then.
David Chalmers, professor of philosophy at Australian National University, has compiled a simple, but useful, page listing contemporary philosophers who have made available their research papers online. The materials are organised into different sections, and headings include: philosophy of mind; philosophy of language; metaphysics; epistemology; philosophy of science; philosophy of logic; mathematics; philosophy of religion; applied ethics; philosophy of consciousness; value theory; and history of philosophy. There are also sections on Medieval philosophy; 17th and 18th century philosophy; Asian philosophy; Ancient Greek philosophy; and 19th and 20th century philosophy.
Philosophy Compass (ISSN 1747-9991) is an online scholarly journal which publishes original peer-reviewed surveys of research and other significant works from across the discipline. It fills a gap left by existing guides within the subject by focussing on the most up-to-date development in philosophy. The materials are organised according to Authors' names as well as the following themes: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art; Continental; Epistemology; Ethics; History of Philosophy; Legal and Political; Logic and Language; Metaphysics; Mind and Cognitive Science; Naturalistic Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; and Philosophy of Religion. While this is a subscription-based journal, free trials are available from this site, together with sample articles and abstracts of all materials published. The site also provides information about its editorial board and on how to subscribe to the journal. This resource is published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing under the general editorship of Brian Weatherson of Cornell University.
This website is developed and maintained by Dr Curtis Brown to support a Philosophy of Language module offered at Trinity University. In addition to course materials (e.g. syllabus, class schedule and assessment criteria), it offers notes and handouts on different theories and their historical backgrounds, and on the basic distinctions between syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Further, there are abstracts from and analyses of the works of W.V.O. Quine (1908-2000) and A.J. Ayer (1910-1989), and a small table of logic symbols. Links are also provided to a number of online resources that are useful for the study of the philosophy of language.
This site was created by Thomas Ryckman, a professor of philosophy at Lawrence University, USA. It consists of a list of links to all philosophy of language articles known by the author to be available online. The resource could be of use to graduate students or researchers who know a particular paper to be available on the web but are unable to locate it. As things stand, the site is less than ideal for running a search for a particular paper since it offers no search facility and the papers are not listed in any particular order. Having said that, the author does provide a useful sentence or two regarding the content of each listed article. The site also makes available course syllabi, and provides unannotated links to Philosophy Blogs elsewhere.
Principia is a twice-yearly journal on epistemology (ISSN: 1808-1711) based at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. English is the dominant language but there are also papers in Portuguese, Spanish and French. The emphasis is on Anglo-Analytic epistemological theory, including aspects of logic, and philosophy of language and science. The print journal has been running since 1997, and free and open access to issues since 2003 are available on line (now the journal's main medium of publication). Included amongst these are special issues on W.V.O. Quine (1908-2000) and Donald Davidson (1917-2003). Abstracts for all pre-2003 issues are made available. Papers are in PDF, and a CD-ROM version of the journal is also offered.
The "Logic in Philosophy" research group is a primarily German association, centred around the University of Constance, and dedicated to the notion that "logic ought to bear in mind the rest of philosophy, and vice versa". The group is concerned with a range of issues including epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of mind. Their work is conducted in English, which is also the language of the website, although some papers are in German. The site contains information on the group's members, projects, preprints, conferences, and workshops. Recent projects include research into: the semantic conception of the a priori; cognitive and referential aspects of concepts; believing as deciding; coherence theories of knowledge; and a structural theory of properties. The complete list of preprints stretches to over a hundred papers with many of the papers available online in PDF format. Schedules of forthcoming conferences are also included.
Responses to the Holocaust : A Hypermedia Sourcebook is one of the few websites that explicitly addresses the intellectual impact of the Holocaust. It is basically a defunct site, having not been updated since 1995 and thus there are a number of broken links; nonetheless, its content is unusual and significant enough to merit scholarly attention and it should prove a fertile starting point especially for undergraduate and graduate students. Fields covered by the site include literature, literary criticism and film. There are essays here on films which explore the legacy of the Holocaust. Literary criticism, following Theodor Adorno, questions the ability of literature to 'represent' extreme events whose nature lies outside the realm of aesthetic or even basic linguistic expression. At the same time, philosophers such as Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas and Jean François Lyotard have all taken the Holocaust as a starting point for their ideas, notably in terms of individual responsibility and of Postmodern Philosophy. From this, the site takes us to a paper on the second generation melancholia of Art Spiegelman's MAUS. But by far the most intriguing and least explored of these influences, however, lies in the realm of Information Technology. There is a good essay here by Robert Leventhal which posts pictures of the Hollerith machine, an early computing prototype which was used by the Nazis to process victims' information and was produced by a subsidiary of IBM. Leventhal presents the actual machinery and technical expertise – whether in terms of computing, engineering, science or medicine – which ensured the practical implementation Holocaust, and points to pressing and increasingly relevant questions on the institutionalized intermingling of information, science, technology and the state. The fact that many of the legacies of the Holocaust have become banal and unrecognised aspects of daily life testifies to this genocide's impact on modern culture, but also to its position as a breaking point not merely in Western, but in world, consciousness.
Signs - International Journal of Semiotics is an international peer-reviewed electronic journal based at the Royal School of Library and Information Service, Denmark. Interdisciplinary in orientation, its coverage spans all processes of cognition, communication, meaning and information interchange in which signs feature. This website contains information on its editorial board, submission guidelines, an essay on what Semiotics is, and links to relevant websites. The journal has published papers on the origins and meaning of sign-based forms of communication, looking both at biological organisms in general and specifically at the role of symbolism in humans. As a result, some papers may be useful to both students and researchers focusing on cognitive archaeology and symbolism during the Palaeolithic. Several published articles have been influenced by works by Charles Sanders Peirce. It publishes papers on an ongoing rather than a periodical basis, and viewers can access the full-text versions for free.
This website contains the full text of 'Steps Toward a Constructive Nominalism', an essay by the philosophers Nelson Goodman (1906-1998) and W.V. Quine (1908-2000), first published in the Journal of Symbolic Logic in1947. The essay is a founding text in twentieth-century Anglophone nominalism (the view that there are no abstract entities), and has repercussions for metaphysics, logic, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics. The essay is divided into the following sections: 1. Renunciation of Abstract Entities; 2. Renunciation of Infinity; 3. The Nominalist's Problems; 4. Some Nominalistic Reductions; 5. Elements of Nominalistic Syntax; 6. Some Auxiliary Definitions; 7. Variables and Quantification; 8. Formulas; 9. Axioms and Rules; 10. Proofs and Theorems; and 11. Conclusion.
This is the home page for Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000), the influential American mathematician and philosopher. The page was set up and is maintained by his son, Douglas Boynton Quine. W.V.O. Quine worked on such fields as mathematical logic, the logic of language, set theory, and the philosophy of language. His best known publications include 'The Ways of Paradox', 'Mathematical Logic', 'Set Theory and Its Logic', 'Quiddities', and perhaps the most influential, 'Word and Object'. The website is extensive in scope. It contains a detailed bibliography of Quine's papers and publications, including editions and translations. There is a selection of his book reviews, with links to the texts themselves. Newspaper profiles of Quine, and a number of obituaries, are also included. For the truly obsessive, there is even a list of the many countries that he visited, along with the amount of time spent in each and the year of the visit. The site should prove of interest to scholars studying Quine, although more primary and critical texts would improve it further.
'Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language Ultimate Homepage' is an online resource created by John Humphrey, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Minnesota State University. It concerns Saul Kripke's classic book of the same name. The site contains useful background information concerning both Kripke and Wittgenstein, a summary of the book itself, a page-by-page commentary thereon, summaries, reviews and discussions of various key secondary texts (selectively reproduced), an annotated bibliography of all secondary literature and a suggested reading list. The site would probably be of most use to undergraduates or masters students previously unacquainted with Kripke's work; however, the extensive bibliography might well be of use to researchers. It is well presented and very easy to use.