Alchemy is an online bibliography of English-language writings and was originally published in hard copy in 1980, winning several awards for its author, Alan Pritchard. As the text is now out of print, he has made it available online, this being the second Internet edition, and very much an ongoing project of personal enthusiasm. The bibliography focuses on new published material and the wealth of material made available through the Internet. Material from the first edition is gradually being incorporated in order to provide a comprehensive resource on both the alchemical and Hermetic source literature, and the influences of alchemical thought and imagery. This Web resource explores alchemy as one of the most powerful themes in Western culture, standing for transformation or regeneration. It considers the wide range of writing on the influence of alchemy: 'on early science (including Newton and Boyle), chemistry, medicine, art, literature (from Chaucer to Harry Potter by way of the French symbolists and the Surrealists), psychology (especially C. G. Jung), music, and opera'. The site is also interested in the occult aspects of alchemy as a 'unique mystical Path', as well as its influence on other occult traditions. The overall aim of this bibliography, which is a very personal but well-considered project, is to bring all these extremely diverse aspects of research into the alchemic tradition together in one open access resource.
The Science and Technology Studies email discussion forum (STS@nic.surfnet.nl) contains subscription details for a Listserv concerning the history, philosophy and sociology of science and related disciplines. The submissions to the list are usually job announcements or calls for papers, although postings concerning topical events, research projects and technical issues are also received. Founded in 1992 and originally US-based, the list became well-known as a site of discussion on the so-called "Science Wars", in which postmodern critics were pitched against hardline scientific realists. The list now has an administrator based in the Netherlands, and this archive site includes the full-text of messages dating back to January 2000. A basic but effective search facility (allowing full-text searching) is provided. The list receives a moderate amount of traffic, averaging about ten topics per month. Other previous submissions include a call for evidence on risks to the well-being of researchers in qualitative research; upcoming conference details; notice for online availability of Chinese journals; and notice of a freeware programme for co-word analysis. This site offers a useful means of keeping abreast of current events, research and resources in science and technology studies.
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.
This is the website of the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry (ISPC), which encourages the exchange of scholarship and ideas regarding the philosophical foundations of the chemical sciences and related fields. The scope of the Society includes questions about practices unique to chemical research, as well as the relationship between chemistry and other disciplines, including metaphysics and the philosophy of the mind. Two journals serve this expanding field: 'Hyle'; and the ISPC publication, 'Foundations of Chemistry' (members of the Society receive a discount on the latter). The ISPC website hosts a philosophy of chemistry electronic discussion group, firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscription details are provided, but not online archives. There is also information on past and future symposia. Contact details are provided for the Society's officers, along with the text of the ISPC constitution and a membership request form. There is a short list of links to other relevant websites.
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 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).