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).
'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.
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.
The Catalan journal 'Ars Brevis' is dedicated to philosophical, anthropological and ethical studies from an interdisciplinary approach. The resource will be of interest to all those who approach philosophy and critical theory from a social and historical standpoint, yet the user should note most articles are published in Catalan. However, although the main language of the journal is Catalan, there are also a few articles in English and Spanish. The digital repository of Open-Access Catalan Journals (RACO) has made available the digital version of the journal, which was first published in 1995. At the time of review, all full-text articles can be accessed here up until 2007. Some topics covered by the journal have been: authority with ambiguity in Kierkegaard and Unamuno's authorship; a phenomenology of 'social facts'; philosophy and religion in German idealism; and African critical philosophy.
'Atlas Shrugged' is a free website providing materials for the study of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel of the same name. Published by the Ayn Rand Institute, this website provides an accessible study-guide to an influential novel that has sold six million copies and continues to sell 185,000 copies each year. The website is best used after a full reading of the novel, since it contains numerous 'plot spoilers'. The website contains a 'History of Atlas Shrugged', audio commentaries and recordings, a chapter-by-chapter video examination of the themes and ideas to be found in the novel, a full profile of Rand and her works, and links to a handful of selected external websites.
This is the home page of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society (ALWS), an organisation dedicated to the study of the life and work of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). Wittgenstein's two most famous works, the 'Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus' and the 'Philosophical Investigations' were massively influential in the shaping of Western philosophy in the 20th century. The resource itself provides information on, among other things, the Wittgenstein symposium; the Society's goals, history, executive committee, publications and membership; and other Wittgenstein sites hosted elsewhere on the Web. The site is primarily in English, although some parts of the symposium programme and abstracts documents, which are presented in PDF, are in German. The resource is easy on the eye and simple to navigate, with hyperlinked access to its various parts, and occasional graphics.
The Ayn Rand Society (ARS) is "a professional society affiliated with the American Philosophical Association. ... Its aim is to foster the scholarly study by philosophers of the philosophical thought and writings of Ayn Rand." The ARS webpage has details of the ARS Steering Committee, past and current programmes, and details of obtaining membership - the ARS is only open to members of the American Philosophical Association. The ARS website has a reliable full-text essay, titled 'Ayn Rand and Objectivism: an overview', and a short selected biblilography of works by Ayn Rand. The ARS was established in 1987, and it will be a useful contact point for British scholars seeking to contact those working in U.S. universities on aspects of Rand's philosophy, her novels, and her ideas on art.
This website offers a selection of essays and articles by the British philosopher, logician, and peace activist, Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). These include: the famous 1905 paper 'On Denoting'; a prediction concerning the future of science; a brief article on youthful cynicism; a fairly humorous search for the soul; and several newspaper columns, most of which are short, witty treatments of modern social trends. There are also links to some of Russell's longer works on external websites, but these were in need of repair when last checked. A picture of Russell tearing up his Labour Party membership card is also included with the site.
The Bertrand Russell Archives at McMaster University brings together a wide variety of electronic resources on one of the most famous 20th century philosophers. The site offers many annotated links to external resources from around the world, ranging from lists of modules to encyclopaedic entries on Russell himself. Also available are: an immense database of correspondence to and from Russell with the complete text of some letters available electronically, and others available on request directly from the University; newsletters; and links to the homepage of The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies and to electronic versions of many of his books. For those who require research material more general than that available through the archive, there is an assortment of introductory articles on the man and his thought through "The Bertrand Russell Gallery".
The Betrand Russell Gallery is a Web resource principally dedicated to the provision of biographical and photographic material relating to the 20th century philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). The amount of information available here concerning Russell's life is extensive and there are substantial sections on Russell's childhood and adolescence, his parents and grandparents, his friends, the course of his career, and his political activities, such as his involvement with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). In addition, there is a miscellaneous section which includes a transcription written in Russell's own hand of the prologue to his autobiography. The site is very attractively designed and easily navigable, and also contains links to other Bertrand Russell-related Internet sites.
This website is the home page of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre based at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It is also affiliated with the website of the Bertrand Russell Archives based at the same university, which has held Russell's papers since the late 1960s. The Centre is devoted to bringing out comprehensive academic editions of the entire body of shorter and unpublished works by the famous English philosopher (1872-1970). The site provides a chronology of Russell's life and outlines the contents of the Centre's numerous publications. These include: seasonal news pages; an annual Newsletter (available to view in PDF); The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell (including all of Russell's shorter pieces, essays and journalistic writings); The Collected Letters of Bertrand Russell; and Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies. The Centre also runs the online international discussion mailing list, Russell-l, and an online virtual exhibition, The Bertrand Russell Gallery. One part of the site which showcases Russell's later thoughts with most immediacy is the posting of his last essay, '1967.' Russell's reflections here on a future total war and its alternatives -- along with his contributions in the collected letters and papers -- confirm his lasting contributions to the fields of philosophy, history, mathematics, journalism and politics in the twentieth century.
Based at the School of European Studies, Cardiff, the British Idealism and Collingwood Centre is a major centre for research into R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943) and the Idealist school of philosophy. Copies of manuscripts and PhD theses from throughout the world are held here, and may be located via the online catalogue. The Centre also provides printed material and a CD-ROM. Relatively little material is published on the website itself, although there is background information about the Centre, a list of publications, and abstracts of books about Collingwood and related philosophers.
This is the website of the Wittgenstein Archive in Cambridge. The archive houses an impressive collection of facsimile manuscripts by Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), including correspondence, drawn from various archival sources. The site has an extensive biography of Wittgenstein which also contains numerous photographs of the philosopher and his family members. It also provides information about the collection available in the Archive and the pricing guide for reproduction of relevant materials. There is a link to the archive's catalogue, but this was not functioning at the time this record was reviewed.
This is the home page of the Center for Dewey Studies, which was established in 1961 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. It is dedicated to the provision of information on the American philosopher-educator John Dewey (1859-1952) and will be of interest primarily to graduates and Dewey scholars. In addition to offering general information about its collections and resources, the site offers a detailed chronology of Dewey's life and work, as well as information about the publications of the Dewey Center. There are also annotated reading lists, electronic copies of Dewey's letters, a list of FAQs and links to relevant websites. In sum, this is an interesting, well-designed, and straightforwardly navigable web resource.
The Cornelius Castoriadis Agora International website provides information about the life and work of the Greek 20th century political philosopher, economist, and psychoanalyst. The site, which offers content in a wide range of languages, features: a news section; a brief biography of Castoriadis which includes an overview of his thought; and a transcript of a lengthy interview with Castoriadis, conducted in 1990. Other resources include bibliographies of works by and about him, a list of links to other relevant Web resources, and a section on teaching Castoriadis. The site is made available by the French organisation Agora International and the University of Michigan Libraries.
The 'Derrida: Online' website provides an introduction to the ideas of the French philosopher, Jacques Derrida. It contains a comprehensive list of articles published by Derrida, as well as bibliographies of books and articles about Derrida or deconstruction, and links to other bibliographies and online Derridean resources. Also available are excerpts from Derridean texts, including: selections of his writings on the rules of language; linguistics; and meaning; and translations of recent essays. There are also lists of video and audio appearances given by Derrida. All these would be of use to a researcher interested in Derrida and deconstruction. The site, which is user-friendly and regularly updated, has received several awards. Created by Peter Krapp, it forms part of the Hydra collection; a series of Web pages on some key 20th century media theorists, psychoanalysts, and philosophers, including Lacan, Artaud, and Foucault.
The Ernest Gellner Resource Site is maintained by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where Gellner (1925-1995) was a Professor of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method for twenty-two years, between 1962 and 1984. The resources available here are wide ranging in nature, and cover all aspects of Gellner's work. These include, among other things: a bibliography of Gellner's work spanning from the 1950s to the 1990s; a collection of reviews of his books; and an assembly of quotes from his work. Visitors can read a small number of articles and excerpts from his better known books like 'Nation and Nationalism' (1983) and 'Conditions of Liberty: Civil Society and Its Rivals' (1994). The site also includes a biography, obituaries and access to relevant online resources.
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.
This Web page is part of the Introduction to Postcolonial Studies website hosted by the English Department at Emory University, and provides introductory information relating to the postcolonial critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. It includes a brief biography, a link to a glossary of key terms used in her work, and a list of her major works. Born to middle-class parents in Calcutta in 1942, Spivak studied English literature at the University of Calcutta and went on to train in comparative literature in the United States. Spivak has described herself as a "para-disciplinary ethical philosopher" and also as a Marxist, deconstructionist and feminist. A translator of Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology, she has also translated the stories of the Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi.
The Gurdjieff International Review is the website of a free full-text online journal dedicated to the study of the life and work of the Russian/Turkish philosopher Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1872-1949). In addition to archiving and reproducing the journal, the website also provides a database of information about Gurdjieff, his work and his pupils. There are introductory essays; a section listing Gurdjieff's aphorisms; thirty-five pupil biographies and a fully annotated bibliography of works by and about him. Gurdjieff's basic assertion was that although human beings are almost entirely mechanical their consciousness can be extended far beyond its present limits by studying and re-programming the machine. His exacting 'system', based on the esoteric knowledge he gained whilst wandering through central Asia between 1890 and 1910, is still taught in Gurdjieff groups worldwide and best explained, not in his own writings, but in the books of his most famous pupil P.D. Ouspensky (1878-1947).
Humanimalia is a full-text peer-reviewed ejournal, freely available online and published from DePauw University. Humanimalia aims to publish three times per year, and the first issue was published in August 2009. This online journal publishes HTML papers and reviews on the topic of human-animal encounters, covering fields such as contemporary philosophy, cultural studies, sci-art, and storytelling. Example articles available in the first issue include: 'Animal Farm's Lessons for Literary (and) Animal Studies'; 'Naming names - or, what’s in it for the animals?'; and 'At the Heart of the Home: An Animal Reading of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Heart of a Dog', with reviews of such books as 'What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity' (2008). The website also contains a 'Humanimalifesto', and a Calls for Papers page where one can find the details of the Editorial Board. This unique journal may be of interest to scholars working in a variety of fields.
Humanitas is a print journal that makes a considerable amount of its content freely and openly available online. It offers articles and reviews for those interested in theoretical aspects of sociology (construed as a humanities discipline) and other social sciences, political and cultural criticism, and aesthetics. Scholarly articles sit alongside film reviews and poetry. The tendency, in tone and content, is towards conservative humanism, although liberalism and postmodernism also make frequent appearances in discussions. The current issue, and full tables of contents plus partial access to archives dating back to volume six which was published in 1992, are available. Information about the editors, subscriptions to the print journal, and instructions for submission to the journal, can all be found via the home page. Humanitas is published by the National Humanities Institute. Links to the Institute's site as well as to a number of other sites of relevance to humanities research are given at the bottom of the Humanitas home page.
The Husserl Page is a website dedicated to providing easy access to online resources related to the life and thought of the philosopher and father of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl (1859-1938). The site provides a detailed biographic chronology of Husserl, thorough information on Husserl archives, links to many full texts of Husserl's lectures and essays freely available across the Web, and extensive bibliographies of primary and secondary sources. There are also links to Husserl-related announcements, organisations, and sites concerning Husserl or phenomenology. The site is accessible and an ideal starting point for those wishing to find online scholarly resources related to Husserl. A small number of links were nevertheless no longer functioning at the time this record was reviewed.
'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.
This is the homepage of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) which was established in 1909 to cultivate and promote legal and social philosophy in Germany and around the world. It now has a large number of autonomously-functioning national branches. This website makes available the organisation's constitution and procedural rules, and copies of their newsletter since June 1996. Also offered is information about their past and upcoming bi-annual conferences; links to the home pages of the various IVR branches; and details of how to join the association. Visitors can also access the IVR Encyclopaedia of Jurisprudence, Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law.
The International Journal of Philosophical Practice (IJPP) is the official journal of the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling and Psychotherapy (ASPCP). Full text in PDF is available free of charge from volume one, number one onwards. Philosophical practice refers to the application of philosophical theories, skills and methods in professional and work contexts. This includes the non-academic deployment of philosophical training in a variety of professional areas including business, mental health, law, medicine and politics. The journal concentrates on publishing articles that contribute to an improved understanding of the nature and value of philosophical practice in all its forms. It also publishes reviews of recent books that raise issues and problems of philosophical practice.
'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.
The website of the Internationale Ludwig Wittgenstein Gesellschaft (International Ludwig Wittgenstein Society) provides information about this organisation, and about online material relating to the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). This German-language website offers news of relevant events, including information about international conferences devoted to Wittgenstein; details of the Society's publications; and a selection of links to key sites for Wittgenstein studies. Contact details for the Society are also provided.
The Isaiah Berlin Virtual Library looks after all aspects of the literary estate of the philosopher and historian of ideas, Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997). Berlin's views on pluralism and liberalism continue to provoke discussion and debate. The site's special emphasis is on editing and publishing his unpublished works and letters, publishing collections of his uncollected work, and generally fostering awareness of and access to his intellectual and literary legacy. The site includes a complete bibliography of Berlin's essays, articles, interviews, broadcasts and recordings. There is an extensive bibliography of critical and fictional works about Berlin. Featured also are photos, audio files and video clips of Berlin, relevant links, and information on Berlin's manuscripts.This is an excellent resource for those interested in the life and work of Isaiah Berlin.
The Isaiah Berlin Virtual Library is maintained by The Isaiah Berlin Literary Trust in order to celebrate the life and work of social and political philosopher Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997). It provides extensive catalogues of Berlins published and unpublished works and interviews as well as detailed lists of books and articles about him. Also available are quotations, a directory of links to related websites, online discussion forums and courses. The Trust is gradually providing access to full-text published books on the Site.
The John William Miller Fellowship Fund website is dedicated to the American philosopher John William Miller (1895-1978). The site is owned and maintained by an organisation called the John William Miller Fellowship Fund that " ... is dedicated to advancing the understanding of Miller's thinking and encouraging scholarly projects examining his philosophy." The Fund is based in the Library of Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. The site includes a description of Miller's philosophy, a biography, details of Miller's published works and archive resources. Information concerning the Miller Fellowship Fund and its work is also provided.
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 website 'Meditaciones' (Meditations) acts as an internet portal which brings together an important number of resources about the Spanish philosopher and intellectual José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1956). On the site there is a library of some of the most important works by Ortega, including: 'Meditaciones del Quijote'; 'El tema de nuestro tiempo'; and 'España invertebrada'. Some of these are available in Portuguese and English, for example 'The Revolt of the Masses'. Also available are a series of articles about the 'raciovitalismo' of Ortega y Gasset. These can be very useful to understand key issues in the Spanish philosopher's thought. The site also provides a comprehensive list of Internet links and online bibliographies about the man, his work and his time. As Ortega is sometimes compared with humanist and anti-humanist philosophies of the 20th century, it may be useful to view the section dedicated to clarify this. This site offers neither an overview of the work of Ortega y Gasset, nor a biography, but rather brings together a series of resources for those interested in the Spanish philosopher.
The website of the Michael Oakeshott Association (MOA) provides details about the activities of this society devoted to the promotion and critical discussion of the work of the conservative British political philosopher. The site is in blog format, and includes posts reporting relevant news (for example, of new publications or events), and links to material of interest available elsewhere online. Additionally, the site offers a brief biography of Oakeshott, plus an extensive bibliography (last updated in 2006) of works by and about him. Membership information for the Association is provided, plus details of MOA conferences.
This Web page on the website of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute gives free and open access to a 50 year digital archive of the journal 'Modern Age', one of the leading journals in post-1945 political philosophy. Journal issues are in full-text form, and may be downloaded as PDF files. 'Modern Age' is described as... "the principal quarterly of the intellectual Right", and its online archives date back to 1957. This will be a useful resource for historians of politics, especially in the English-speaking world. There appears to be no keyword search option, but using Google to search for: keyword site:www.isi.org/journals/archive/ will serve the same function.
Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities is a full-text open ejournal published from Stanford University. The journal aims to publish themed issues, each on... "a specific topic in interdisciplinary humanities". At January 2010 there is one issue freely available online, a themed issue on the topic of 'Rational Choice Theory and the Humanities'. Articles are freely available as either HTML pages or PDF files. Example articles in the first issue include: 'Speaking for the Humanities' by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; 'Rational Choice and the Humanities: Excerpts and Folktales'; and 'Literary Alternatives to Rational Choice: Historical Psychology and Semi-detached Marriages', among others. The journal Web site also has basic details of the editors and impressive Editorial Board.
This website, from the New York University Philosophy Department, offers the chance to link to or download various recent papers by active members of the department, including Ronald Dworkin, Elizabeth Harman, Hartry Field, Thomas Nagel, Crispin Wright and Ned Block. The presentation is simple but clear.
'Razón Vital' is a Spanish website dedicated to the Spanish philosopher and essayist José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1956), founder of the 'Revista de Occidente', and author of 'La Rebelión de las Masas' or 'The Revolt of the Masses' (1929). On the site, users will find a fairly up-to-date full, searchable bibliography of publications in Spanish on the life and works of Ortega; studies on Ortega's ideas on psychology; and Spanish doctoral theses on Ortega, as well as a complete bibliography of the philosopher's works. The site offers a good introduction to and overview of Ortega's thought, and a collection of full-text articles on, and reviews of, his work and international secondary criticism. Also featured on the site is an image gallery of photographs and sketches of the philosopher; his genealogy; a small collection of recordings of Ortega reading from his work, together with transcriptions; and related news such as new editions of Revista de Estudios Ortequianos and forthcoming conferences. All in all, this is an excellent online resource for students beginning work on Ortega, or for researchers as a reference tool and means of keeping up-to-date with scholarship in the field.
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.
The Philosophy Bibliographic Resource is a website created by Eddie Yeghiayan at the University of California, Irvine. It offers bibliographies of various 20th century philosophers, including many who were invited to give papers at the University between 1987 and 1998. Abstracts of some of the papers are also included in a separate list. The site covers a wide range of sub-disciplines within philosophy, including details of the work of thinkers including: Daniel Dennett; W. V. O. Quine; J. L. Austin; Philippa Foot; D. H. Mellor; and D. Z. Phillips. The site's presentation is sparse, but clear. Users should note, however, that the resource has not been updated since 2003, so more recent publications will not be included.
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.
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.
'Roger Scruton : writer and philosopher' is the personal website and weblog of British philosopher Roger Scruton. One of the most valuable elements of the website is Roger Scruton's active weblog, which has archives that date back to 2000. In the 'Journalism' section there is a link to an external website containing a full bibliography and full-text copies of many notable press articles by Scruton. A full listing of books can be found in the online C.V., and there are also links to selected Amazon pages that feature books. The website also has details of Scruton's activities in music composition, broadcasting, teaching, his farming, and his personal projects.
'Russian Philosophy on the Intelnet' is an English-language online resource which gives detailed information about Russian philosophy of the 19th and 20th century. It is authored and maintained by Mikhail Epstein, a professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature at Emory University. The website provides an introductory essay on the history of Russian philosophy, and summaries of the principal ideas of the Russian thinkers Vladimir Solovyov, Nikolai Fedorov, Vasily Rozanov and Nikolai Berdiaev. A virtual gallery contains the photographs of major Russian thinkers from the 19th century to the present. Epstein's essay 'The Phoenix of Philosophy: On the Meaning and Significance of Contemporary Russian Thought' is available online. The site also provides links to other relevant Internet sites and to Symposion: A Journal of Russian Thought and to The Society for the Study of Russian Religious Thought. This online resource provides a good introduction to Russian major thinkers and philosophical ideas for students of Russian philosophy.
The Simone Weil Home Page provides an eclectic selection of information about the French Christian mystic, philosopher, and social activist who lived in the first half of the 20th century. The website offers a small collection of articles about Weil, a brief biography, and excerpts from both her religious works (including a description of her own mystical experience) and from her lectures on philosophy. Contact details for the American Weil Society are also provided. While this is not an extensive site, it does provide a useful starting point for those interested in learning more about this intriguing thinker.
'Sites with Online Papers on Philosophy and Related Subjects' is a website maintained by Franz Kiekeben of Ohio State University. It makes available a sizeable list of links to other websites containing original online philosophy papers. These are indexed alphabetically by author, each name being usefully accompanied by a brief list of the areas of philosophy in which that philosopher is interested. The site is well presented. Unfortunately a number of the links were not in operation at the time this record was reviewed.
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.
This internet resource is dedicated to the dissemination and discussion of works on and by the French philosopher and social critic, Michel Foucault (1926-1984). It contains a genealogy of Foucault, which includes an annotated bibliography of many of his chief works and important secondary literature, as well as a vast collection of online essays connected with Foucault (available here in their entirety). There are transcriptions of interviews with Foucault (including his televised debate with Noam Chomsky), and users can participate in online conversations concerning matters to do with Foucault by accessing the discussion lists which are covered by this site. There is also an extensive selection of Foucault links, although not all of these are still active.
This site is a gateway to resources on Victor Frankl (1905-1997). Frankl is most famous for his book Man's Search for Meaning, but he authored a further 32 books on psycho-spiritual matters. His work was at the forefront of the development of existentialist psychology and logotherapy. He was also a Holocaust survivor - a fact that had a great impact on his thought. The site is divided into a number of sections: Frankl and his work; the Holocaust; and existential psychology and logotherapy. Though interesting, the site does not, however, seem to have been updated since 2001; hence contains a number of broken links.
This is the home page of the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB). The organisation's central aim is to make the complete writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) available in the form of electronic facsimile and transcriptions. This website informs visitors of their research projects and activities. It also allows access to their annual and project reports; and contains details of their publications and WAB library holdings as well as news about seminars, conferences and workshops relating to Wittgenstein. Details of how to obtain permission to access the full contents of the Wittgenstein Archives can be found in the FAQ section of the site.
'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.
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.