This is the homepage of 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology. Also known as 3TU.Ethics, the centre focuses on the philosophy of science, technology and engineering. It is a collaboration of the philosophy departments of the following three universities in the Netherlands: Eindhoven University of Technology; Delft University of Technology; and the University of Twente. This website informs visitors of news and events; and about the research programmes and projects undertaken by the centre. They may access a selection of recent publications by staff members. A publication database is provided. There is also information about recent publications in the field. Links are provided to relevant websites. A search engine is available.
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.
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.
'anthropic-principle.com' is an internet resource dedicated to the provision of materials and information relating to a wide range of subjects in the philosophy of science. In particular it focuses on anthropic reasoning, the Doomsday argument, observational selection effects, and related issues in cosmology and evolutionary biology. It is maintained by Professor Nick Bostrom from the Department of Philosophy at Oxford University, and will be of relevance to both students and academics. The site includes an archive of preprints (written by Bostrom and others) on the aforementioned topics as well as other areas. In addition to the archive, there is a bibliography on relevant topics and links to other anthropic resources on the internet. Visitors can also download without charge Bostrom's book on Anthropic Bias. This is a well-designed, informative site that is easily navigable.
The Archives of Scientific Philosophy website describes the holdings of important collections at the University of Pittsburgh. These collections act as archival resources for investigating the history of scientific philosophy, that is, philosophy that has been influenced by scientific thinking and practices. The archives themselves include the publications, notes, lectures, and correspondence of such influential figures as Rudolf Carnap, Hans Reichenbach, Frank Plumpton Ramsey, Paul Hertz, Herbert Feigl, and Rose Rand. In addition to these collections of physical documents, there are microfiches of some of Ludwig Wittgenstein's papers, and a 300-reel microfilm archive for the History of Quantum Physics. The website also has a page on some of the archive's smaller collections relevant to this topic, and a page of practical information for scholars needing to locate and access particular documents.
Autopoiesis and Enaction: The Observer Web is an impressive Internet resource that provides an extensive range of materials on on the work of cognitive scientists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela. The site provides a basic introduction to their work by way of an online tutorial and study plan. The course is accompanied by a range of helpful resources, such as a suggested syllabus for exploring the literature on autopoiesis and enaction, and a compendium of the terms and concepts uses in autopoietic theory, with emphasis on the core literature of Maturana and Varela. In addition, the site includes links to related resources found elsewhere on the Internet, as well as information on The Observer, an email newsletter which provides a forum for the dissemination of news and views on autopoietic theory and enactive cognitive science. Maintained by Randall Whitaker of Wright State University, this site is a valuable resource for those interested in cognitive science, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of science.
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.
'bioethics.net' is the homepage for the American Journal of Bioethics. The site contains a contents page and abstracts for articles published in its latest issue, as well as commentaries on each piece. There is also information on how to subscribe to the journal in print and online.The site provides free of charge a number of short articles introducing the general reader to the field of bioethics. It also serves as a portal to a wide range of online resources on bioethics. Topics catered for include: cloning; end-of-life; genetics; stem cell research; and research ethics. This site provided a good general introduction to bioethics for beginners whilst also catering for specialists requiring the latest news, conference reports, and articles relating to the subject.
The site is the home page of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science. As well as describing the society and providing details of how it may be joined, the site usefully lists forthcoming events organised by the society. The society is very active in this regard, holding monthly meetings, at which papers are presented, as well as supporting various conferences, including its own annual summer conference. Details on the Society's journal, the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science are also made available here, and include the opportunity to view contents and abstracts. Information on prizes and scholarships sponsored by the society is also given. The site is clearly laid out, if somewhat sparse aesthetically.
This website is the home page of the Causality: Metaphysics and Methods project of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics. This project ran from 2002-2004, and received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board within the research grants scheme. Its aim was to investigate the applicability and possible development of causal theory as formulated in recent philosophy of science. In particular, it examined the relevance of causality to the areas of biology, economics and medicine. As well as general information about the objectives and achievements of the project, and the personnel involved, this site also offers the full text (in PDF format) of a considerable number of papers, technical reports and discussions that came out of the project. The site is straightforwardly presented and easily navigable.
This website makes available the transcript of a keynote speech given at a doctoral colloquium at North Carolina State University by Professor James R. Wilson. It discusses scientific misconduct, and the ethical and methodological principles that genuine scientists must hold on to. The relevance is particularly to computer simulation research, but there are also some general insights into the matter of falsification, and the peer review system as currently practised in scientific journal publication. This article could be of interest to advanced students and researchers exploring questions of scientific ethics and honesty, falsification, and standards in methodology. References are provided.
The Critical Rationalist was a short-lived electronic journal (ISSN 1393-3809) devoted to pursuing and elaborating the philosophy of Karl Popper (1902-1994) and, in particular, his method of 'Critical Rationalism' as outlined in his work Conjectures and Refutations. Note the journal appears to have ceased pbulication in 1998 and there are only three extant past issues, all of which can be accessed on this site in a variety of formats. In the Popperian tradition, this site eschews philosophy as linguistic analysis, focusing on 'real' philosophical problems such as probability, induction, the mind-body problem, the nature of scientific theories and the philosophy of history. The site also exposes Popper's own philosophy to rigorous critical analysis: 'Comprehensively Critical Rationalism' (CCR). This site will be of use especially to anyone with an interest in Karl Popper and the philosophy of science.
Edge is a web magazine and email list emanating from the Reality Club, which is a group of self-styled intellectuals concerned with topical issues of scientific, philosophical, and cultural resonance. In particular, the magazine recognises scientists as a part of the intellectual community. There is hence a heavy bias in the magazine towards the sciences, especially the public presentation of advancements and controversies in physics, evolutionary biology, and neurophysiology. In 2010, the focus is on how the Internet is changing the way people think.
The site is at first glance puzzling to navigate, as the purpose of separate sections is not transparent, and parts of the site are duplicated in different sections. The current edition of the magazine can be read from the home page, and consists primarily of recent articles drawn from other sources, while past feature articles can be found in the "Features" section, and past editions in their entirety can be found indexed and archived in the "Edge Editions" section. Instructions for subscribing and receiving Edge by email are given. The "Reality Club" section of the site consists in transcripts of talks and responses from the club's members. The "Third Culture" section presents a history of the thinking behind Edge and the Reality Club, and a link to biographies of some its important figures and contributors, whereas the "Digerati" section offers hagiographies of a group of people cast as the elite of the cyberspace communications revolution. A search facility for the whole site is provided.
There is more than a hint of self-congratulation to be found on this site, with respect to its apparent cutting-edge status, nevertheless the fact remains that important thinkers contribute to and are discussed here, and it would be of interest to anyone seeking to monitor the current climate of science and humanities journalism.
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.
'The Future of Humanity Institute' (FHI) describes itself as... "a unique multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford" operating as part of the Oxford Faculty of Philosophy. The Institute seeks to engage in pioneering research in the ethics of areas such as: 'Human enhancement'; 'Global catastrophic risks'; 'Rationality and wisdom' in decision-making; and 'Future technologies'. The FHI website offers a full description of FHI staff, and there are also progress reports to download in PDF format. Video is available for some of the guest lectures at the FHI. The pages that detail each of the main research strands also offer full-text PDF papers for download, and links to FHI weblogs.
This is a list of electronic resources on the life and works of Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753), compiled by mathematician David Wilkins. There is a selection of both short and long biographies of Berkeley, and links to complete versions of Berkeley's texts, a number of which Wilkins has prepared himself for electronic distribution. There is also a separate section on the Analyst controversy -- Berkeley's attack on the method of mathematical analysis employed by Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and others. The original attack, plus various responses and counter-responses to it are all made available here, along with brief introductory comments that situate the writings in the context of the debate. This site is notable in its inclusion of important works by Berkeley, which are here often made available in different editions where they exist, and in a variety of electronic formats. Editions and versions used are clearly indicated, and the site is easy to navigate.
This interesting website is created and maintained by Roberta Millstein, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis. It contains partially and lightly annotated links to numerous resources useful for those studying the history and philosophy of biology. These include websites containing reference works and online papers. Viewers are also linked to the homepages of relevant societies and journals. Also provided is a bibliography of print-based works in the area (e.g textbooks; anthologies and monographs), as well as links to blogs/forums/podcasts and other general resources.
HYLE is published by HYLE Publications, Karlsruhe, in cooperation with the University of Karlsruhe, Institute of Philosophy. It is a refereed international journal for the philosophy of chemistry, which covers epistemological, methodological, foundational, and ontological problems of chemistry and its subfields; the peculiarities of chemistry and relations to technology, other scientific and non-scientific fields; aesthetical, ethical, and environmental matters in chemistry; as well as philosophically relevant facets of the history, sociology, linguistics, and education of chemistry. Most articles are in English but some are in German. The journal is available electronically twice yearly, free, and may be purchased as an annual printed volume. The website also provides online bibliographies; book reviews; links to related sites; and contents lists for over 80 other journals (Science studies current contents service).
This website provides full-text access to 'HYLE', a refereed journal which focuses on the philosophical aspects of chemistry (ISSN 1433-5158). It also provides extensive scholarly and practical information on the philosophy of chemistry. Articles in HYLE deal with problems in the epistemology, methodology, foundations, and ontology of chemistry and its subfields, as a distinct branch within the philosophy of science. The journal provides a forum for discussion as well as book reviews. It has a substantial international scientific board clearly identified on the home page. Most articles are in English but some are in German. Additional features on the website include a bibliography of resources on philosophy of chemistry, biographies of some philosophers of chemistry, a book review service, a conference calendar, detailed conference reports, a journals section with links to the tables of content for related journals both electronic and print, and links to pertinent sites.
This website contains the full text, translated into English, of the Universal Natural History and Theory of Heaven, by Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). The 18th century German philosopher is best known for the Critique of Pure Reason, a founding text in modern philosophy. The text of Universal Natural History is provided with an number of section abstracts that summarise the contents. The site also carries a German version, and both texts can be downloaded. The translation is by Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College, British Columbia. The resource can also be downloaded from the Oxford Text Archive (OTA) website (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS)).
'Interdisciplinary Documentation on Religion and Science' is a website which was designed to meet the needs of those interested in the intersection between theology, philosophy and science. It is directed by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome; Alberto Strumia of the University of Bari; and Michelle Crudele of University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome. The site is divided into two main parts. The 'Anthology and Documents' section contains texts from works by classical and contemporary theologians, scientists and philosophers. Also offered are official documents of the Catholic Church and other Christian churces. The second section links visitors to the online database of the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (INTERS), from where they may access approximately 60 articles on a wide variety of topics. This interesting website is accessible in English and Italian. A search engine is available.
Isegoria (ISSN 1130-2097) is a biannual journal dedicated to moral and political philosophy. Based in Spain, it publishes articles on a wide range of topics including those on ethics; analytical philosophy; and the philosophy of right, history, religion, and science. This website is accessible in Spanish and English. It contains an archive which allows viewers to read a number of the works they published without charge. These are in PDF format and are mostly in Spanish. The site also provides a search engine; submission guidelines for authors; and information about its editorial board.
This is the website of the Kurt Gödel Society - an international organisation for the promotion of research in the areas of logic, philosophy, and the history of mathematics. Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) was a leading figure of the Vienna Circle. He is best remembered for his work on logic and mathematics. The site provides a brief biography of Gödel, but is primarily concerned with providing information about Society events, such as conferences, lecture series, and publications. There are links to other Internet resources on Gödel and on logic, as well as details about joining the Society and the Society's mailing list.
This website contains an annotated bibliography of the works of the philosopher Manuel DeLanda. Born in 1952 in Mexico City, DeLanda is the author of books such as 'War in the Age of Intelligent Machines' (1991), and 'Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy' (2002). The bibliography is arranged chronologically covering works like books; articles; essays; conference papers; interviews; lectures; and chapters in books. The bibliography, compiled by Dr Tom Tyler of Oxford Brookes University, refers to both printed and online sources. Coverage spans from the early 1980s to the present. The website is up-to-date and navigation is straightforward.
The Metaphysics of Science is the name of is a major three-year AHRC-funded project based in the UK, exploring how natural and obvious classifications can be fitted into a coherent and unified worldview. The project website has an overview of the project, its staff and researchers, aims and outcomes, and partners (the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, and Nottingham). There are details of five project workshops, most of the papers from a 2007 Birmingham conference titled 'Nature and its Classification: A Metaphysics of Science', and also details of the forthcoming conference 'Metaphysics of Science' to be held in September 2009. The website has many full-text papers, freely available for download as PDF files. These include: 'Natural Kinds: (Thick) Essentialism or Promiscuous Realism?'; 'Ayn Rand on Concepts'; 'Aristotle on the Ontological Basis of Zoological Classification'; and 'Natural kinds, Naturalistic Epistemology and Philosophical Method', among many others.
The home page of philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom offers online versions of a wide range of his papers. Bostrom, who is the Director of the University of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute, has written extensively on: transhumanism (the movement which supports the use of technology to overcome limitations of the human condition); ethics and policy; ethical questions relating to technology; philosophy of science; probability; and a variety of other topics. His website offers both scholarly and popular papers. Bostrom is often a controversial author (for example, some of his best known works are those promoting the simulation hypothesis, which argues that it is probable that we are living in a computer simulation), but also a fascinating and accessible one, making this an interesting and valuable resource for all with an interest in this area of philosophy.
The Paideia Project On-Line is dedicated to the Proceedings of 20th World Congress of Philosophy at Boston University, held between 10 and 15 August 1998. The most substantial aspect of the site is the Paideia Archive, which makes available almost a thousand papers presented at the conference. The archive arranges papers by subject matter in an orderly and user-friendly manner, and the coverage is fairly comprehensive. Beyond the traditional philosophical categories, there are sections on the philosophy of sport, education, children, gender, and literature, plus regional entries focusing on African, Asian, American, and Latin American philosophy. The papers themselves are in printer-friendly HTML format and, with a few exceptions, are in English. They are written by professional philosophers and graduate students who attended the Congress. There is a sophisticated search function for finding particular topics in the archive. This resource will be of primary use to research students and faculty members, especially those investigating the less conventional or widespread areas of philosophy.
The Peirce Edition Project was established in 1976 and is based at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. The aim of the project is to document the manuscripts of, and produce a scholarly edtition of, the work of Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914). An indirect aim of the project is also to be an international centre of excellence for Peirce studies. The project has published, in printed form, six volumes of Peirce's work. A parallel electronic edition is in the process of being produced. The project's website includes the following sections: an introduction to the life and works of Charles S. Peirce; electronic companions to the printed volumes (the complete text of volume two is online), including a textual apparatus for the two-volume Essential Peirce; electronic versions of the project's newsletter; a guide to the critical methods employed by the project; and information about the staff and research interests.
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.
This is the home page of Peter Lynds, including information about, and links to his papers including his controversial work on the subject of time and its relation to physics, 'Zeno's Paradoxes: A Timely Solution'. Lynd's work is situated at an intersection between philosophy and physics. Of particular interest is his paper on time and classical quantum mechanics. The paper focuses upon the question of indeterminacy and discontinuity. The site also contains links to media reports regarding his work, and other websites of interest.
This site is a collection of 150 essays, about various topics in current philosophy. The main topics are: philosophy of science, cognitive science, aesthetics, philosophy of economics, and philosophy of psychology. The essays tend to be quite short but, in many cases, serve as a useful introduction to various topics. Essays on "Mind and Artificial Intelligence", for example, cover Searle's Chinese Room argument, and Turing Machines.The site consists of a series of links to the articles, which are organised by area of philosophy, and accessing the material is therefore quite straightforward. There are also links to other useful sites.
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.
The website of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) provides information about this organisation, which exists to promote research, teaching, and discussion of issues in the philosophy of science. The Association was founded in 1934, and holds a major conference every two years, details of which are given on the website. The site also offers: membership information; notices about opportunities in the field for graduate students; announcements; and details of the PSA Women's Caucus. Additionally, there are sections devoted to two PSA publications: an electronic archive of PSA newsletters going back to 1995, and the editorial pages of Philosophy of Science, the official journal of the PSA.
This is the homepage of 'Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine', a peer-reviewed online journal (ISSN: 1747 5321) which publishes work on the philosophy of medicine and biology, and ethical aspects of clinical practice and research. Users can access without charge all materials published since 2006 from here. These include articles, book reviews, editorials, and commentaries. The site also contains the journal's submission policy; lists of the 10 top most accessed articles in the last 30 days, past year and all time; a list of FAQs; a search engine; and news of upcoming conferences and symposiums. The journal is edited by Michael Schwartz of the University of Loiusville and Dan J. Stein of the University of Cape Town. It is published by BioMed Central Limited.
The PhilSci Archive is an electronic database for preprints in the philosophy of science. It is a freely accessible collection, sponsored by the Philosophy of Science Association and the University of Pittsburgh. The archive is fully searchable by author, title, publication, and year (advanced searches can also be conducted using more fields). Alternatively, users can browse the site by specific topic in the philosophy of science, such as induction or causation, or by relevance to a particular scientific field, such as developmental biology or evolutionary theory. Registration is free and allows users to opt for regular email announcements of new papers. There are also details for those who wish to post papers to the Archive (registration required).
PHILosophy, Theology And Religion (PHILTAR) is a website that serves as a gateway to online academic materials on philosophy, theology, and religion. The philosophy section classifies resources into: general philosophy; Chinese philosophy; Indian philosophy; Islamic philosophy; philosophy of mathematics; and Russian philosophy. Also available is a compendium of philosophers, which contains more than a thousand names, arranged alphabetically. The religion section contains links to sites on trans-cultural religions (offering a useful introduction to the major world faiths); regional religions; and science and religion, plus PHILTAR's own encyclopaedia of religion. Unfortunately, the site seems to be incomplete: although a theology section (supposedly dealing with Biblical studies and church history) is advertised on the front page, this appears to be devoid of content. The site also does not seem to be updated frequently. However, at time of review, the proportion of broken links was relatively low, and the site remains a useful resource in the areas of philosophy, religion, and religious education.
'Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655)' is a useful online resource that provides introductory information about the work of the 17th century French philosopher Pierre Gassendi. The website's editor and webmaster is Bill Uzgalis, a professor of philosophy at Oregon State University. He prepared the resource both for a past university course, and for anyone in general with an interest in the subject matter, and it forms part of Uzgalis' more general site 'Great Voyages: the History of Western Philosophy from 1492 to 1776'. Gassendi was a contemporary of René Descartes. A moderate sceptic (scepticism is the theory that we cannot attain certain knowledge, either within a given subject area, or sometimes globally), Gassendi questioned our ability to attain scientific knowledge on the basis of our sense experience. He also proposed a version of atomism (the theory that the world, or at least the physical part of it, is composed of atoms). The site itself consists of a brief overview of Gassendi's philosophy, a sourced timeline of important biographical and professional events in Gassendi's life, an unannotated bibliography, and an annotated list of secondary literature recommended by Uzgalis. This last is called 'The Captain's Choice', following the metaphor of a sea journey used on the mother site.
This is the website of the Polanyi Society - a scholarly society devoted to the thought of Michael Polanyi (1891-1976), a scientist and philosopher. Largely overlooked by professional philosophers during his lifetime, Polanyi's work is now regarded by many theologians and philosophers as an important challenge to the Enlightenment assumptions that dominate western thought. The site contains: information about the Society, its meetings, and a discussion list; details of its journal 'Tradition and Discovery', biographical information; photographs of Polanyi; a guide to the philosopher's papers; and a selection of short articles by Polanyi.
Polimetrica is an Italian academic publisher that allows authors to have their publications "open access": readers can buy the printed version or read for free the full online version. This website lists the growing selection of open access volumes, which can be downloaded in PDF format. The publications can be relevant to any discipline and in any language. Most publications however are in Italian or English, and at the time of review they were largely focusing on migrations; linguistics; philosophy and archaeology. Among the available titles that may interest a humanities-focused readership are: "Open Problems in Linguistics and Lexicography" (Sica); "Topics on General and Formal Ontology" (Valore); "The De-Mathematisation of Logic" (Hartley Slater); and "La necropoli protostorica di Montagna di Caltagirone" [the proto-historic necropolis of Montagna di Caltagirone, Sicily], (Tanasi) . This website may be useful primarily to advanced students and researchers.
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 Proceedings of the Friesian School, Fourth Series' is an electronic journal dedicated to continuing the Friesian reformation of philosophical thinking. The Friesian School traces its origins back to Kant. The name Friesian refers to Jakob Friedrich Fries (1773-1843), an evaluator and developer of Kant's theory of Transcendental Deduction. Fries was rediscovered by Leonard Nelson (1882-1927). Others who were influenced by Kantian thinking via Fries include Rudolf Otto, Karl Popper, and Friedrich A. Hayek. The journal contains an archive of essays on a range of subject areas including, 'History of Philosophy' (largest section), 'Epistemology', 'Philosophy of Science', 'Ethics', 'Political Economy', 'Value Theory', 'Philosophy of Religion', 'Metaphysics', and 'Philosophy of History'. Each section contains a mixture of contributed essays and editorial essays (the latter written by the editor, Kelley L. Ross). There are also a number of book reviews, the majority undertaken by the editor. The journal is not peer reviewed though authors of contributed essays include academic staff, postgraduates and senior undergraduates. The writings of the editor comprise the bulk of the site. A section of the site is also dedicated to the publication of correspondence between the editor and readers.
This is the home page of Quirks and Quarks, a long-running and award-winning popular science radio programme produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). There are archives of past shows on the site with excellent transcripts, links, images, and sound files. Archives go back to 1989, although audio files are no longer available for older shows, and the earliest entries provide programme logs only. Recent shows are available in MP3 or Ogg format, and a podcast of the current show is updated weekly. The site covers an enormous range of topics related to technology, medicine and science and their connections to social issues. Quirks and Quarks has addressed subjects of interest to philosophers such as animal consciousness. The site's extensive bibliographies may appeal to those working in philosophy as well as the history and philosophy of science, since they include references to relevant biographies, books on cosmology and evolution, the human place in the environment, and problems in understanding the biological aspects of perception. The site has a newsletter, its own search engine, and a questions section which allow users to ask questions of the site's host, who then posts his answers. The friendly tone and accessibility of the site will also make it useful and informative for teachers, students and members of the public.
This website is a bibliography of texts on evolutionary epistemology, and is a revised electronic version of a print edition by Gary A. Cziko and Donald T. Campbell. Very simply, evolutionary epistemology (or selection theory) investigates the way in which organisms find a 'fit' with their environment. Many scientists now believe that evolutionary assimilation is not simply a question of organic change, but that it implies a kind of knowledge. The bibliography is arranged alphabetically according to author. It also has a quote index - a very useful and interesting feature. Representative quotes by important scholars in the field are available alphabetically. The site is text-based and fast loading, although it does not appear to have been updated since the end of 1997.
This is the Brain and Behavior section of the larger Serendip website. The objective is to stimulate thought about and interest in the more theoretical and philosophical aspects of neuroscience and psychology through a series of interactive exhibits that pertain to such subjects as: reaction times to visual stimuli; pattern detection; the prisoner's dilemma; blindsight; blind spots; lateral inhibition; artificial intelligence; free will; and memory. Some of these exhibits require Flash or Shockwave plug-ins, or a Java-enabled browser. Some exhibits are accompanied by a fair amount of background information and links to further pages or external sites of interest, all of which help to set the context for what is important about the given psychological phenomenon being explored. Others require a considerable amount of extrapolation on the user's part in order to gain anything more than a diversion from the exercise. Apart from the exhibits, visitors can also find resources like essays; papers; online forums; lecture notes; and conversations on the site. There is also a list of recommended reading and annotated links to relevant websites. In keeping with the overall theme of serendipity, the site is designed to be searched in a non-systematic fashion. Not all of what is available is immediately apparent, and some exploring is required in order to get the best of this resource. Philosophers of mind and psychology are increasingly looking towards empirical evidence provided by the neurosciences. This site would be of use to the undergraduate or beginning postgraduate student who is curious about some of the more interesting or puzzling issues that reside at the intersection between philosophy of mind, neuroscience, and psychology.
This is the homepage of 'Constructivism in Practical Philosophy 2009', a project sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Hosted by Sheffield University's Philosophy Department, the project seeks to bring together scholars with research interests in various aspects of constructivism in practical philosophy. It would hold 3 workshops and one concluding conference in 2009 where original papers would be presented and discussed. Each workshop would be on a particular theme and these are as follows: Constructivism in Political Philosophy; Constructivism and Normative Epistemology; and Constructivism and Practical Reason. This project homepage contains the timetable of the events; the list of participants and links to their respective homepages; and information for registration. The project is jointly coordinated by Professor James Lenman and Dr Yonatan Shemmer of the University of Sheffield.
Steven Connor's home page features papers and articles by Steven Connor, currently Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College, University of London and academic director of the London Consortium Graduate Programme in Humanities and Cultural Studies. Connor specialises in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, cultural studies and literary theory. His papers cover a wide range of literary and cultural subjects, including Samuel Beckett, Isaac Rosenberg, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, aesthetics, philosophy, ventriloquism, sound, music, modernism and romanticism. The site is highly recommended to those with a keen interest in literary and cultural studies.
'Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology' is an electronic journal published by the Digital Library and Archives (DLA) of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). The journal was first published in 1995 and recent articles have dealt with issues like cognitive science; engineering; nanotechnology; the internet; email communication; technological theories; and technological dependency. The site has a very simple, basic design. Articles are available in both HTML and PDF versions. However, all PDF articles are only accessible to the Virginia Tech community. Also available on the site are guidelines for authors and a search engine.
This website, which is hosted by the Department of Philosophy at University College London (UCL), is a tribute to John Watling (1923-2004) who retired from the department in 1985. It makes available to visitors the full-text of Watling's published works (e.g. articles; books reviews; and a book on Bertrand Russell) and unpublished manuscripts. The site also contains a number of photographs and links visitors to Watling's obituary in The Economist. This archive, the idea for which was formed at his funeral by a group of his former students, is jointly funded by UCL's Department of Philosophy and the British Academy. Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to access most of the papers featured. The site provides a search engine.
The Miniature Library of Philosophy website provides a large collection of primary source readings which together trace the history of the modern intellectual climate, beginning with Galilei Galileo (1564-1642) and ending with contemporary post-modern theory. While ostensibly the history of modern western philosophy is the main linking theme between the texts chosen, there is a strong bias towards Marxism and socialism, which is not surprising given that this collection is part of the vast Marxist Internet Archive. Other topics covered include the philosophy of mathematics, psychology, science, epistemology, social science, existentialism, and phenomenology, and post-structuralism. The readings are indexed by theme, and alphabetically by author, and a site search facility can be found at the bottom of the home page. A broad spread of philosophical topics is addressed, and there are links to biographical information on some of the philosophers, along with analysis and a glossary. Also available is a set of links to other pages of interest, including resources on ethics, politics, feminism, Marxism, and Hegel. While the site uses frames, a no-frames version is provided. This site was compiled by Andy Blunden, an independent scholar from Australia. It would be of use to students and researchers looking for key texts in the history of western philosophy.