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.
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.
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.
Cosmos and History (ISSN 1832-9101) is a recent peer-reviewed, open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. Its focus is on what it perceives as the otherwise marginalised discussion of humankind's place as social, political and cultural entities within the cosmos. The range of topics thus covered is broad, from archaeology and economics, through to ethics, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. Thinkers discussed include: Georg Hegel (1770-1831); Martin Heidegger (1889-1976); and Alain Badiou (1937-), to whom an entire issue is devoted. The journal is open to the work of philosophically-inclined writers from all disciplines, although potential contributors should look in the 'About' section under Policies to check for subject-specific special issues that may be coming up. Full-text articles for all extant issues are available in PDF format, and a search facility is provided. The Register section gives the opportunity receive email alerts of new issues, or to participate in the peer-review process.
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 Institute of Contemporary History is one of six departments which offer courses and special studies in History at the University of Vienna. Founded in 1966, the Institute focuses on the contemporary history of the developments, conflicts and catastrophes of the 20th century. Topics treated here begin with regional foci on National Socialism and the history of Austria as a post-imperial republic. The Institute concentrates as well on audio visual sources and the related new subject of Visual History. Other fields covered here include: gender studies; women's history; cultural themes and approaches; the history of anti-Semitism and research on racism; the history of science; the study of theory and historiography; international dimensions of history; Political and Social History and their economic bases; methods of historical Sociology, such as the use of statistics and Oral History; and applied History, such as exhibition development and specialised journalism. The Institute has its own library and an archive with special collections; private papers; photographs; and a sound archive. The best samples from the archive's photograph collection may be viewed online at Bildarchiv Austria. Further information on the library and archive collections is posted. Of special interest is the Archiv der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Zeitgeschichte (Archive of the Austrian Society of Contemporary History); this non-circulating collection will interest researchers in Holocaust and Jewish Studies and it is additionally available to survivors of the Nazi regime and their relatives. Also of note is the affiliated Heinz von Foerster Archive, with fascinating online reviews, bibliographies, e-Texts, and projects related to the famed Viennese-born architect of second-order cybernetics. Information here addresses bionics, artificial intelligence, and a host of connected contemporary social, cultural and philosophical questions and debates. Site visitors should also check the subsite Projekte with a list of research projects currently underway at the Institute. Finally, the site provides the usual contact details; opening hours; upcoming lectures and events; course offerings; student-related information; links list; information on cooperative efforts with other institutes; and latest news.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net's Persons hub is an online resource for exploring what it means to be a person, and how persons stand in relation to one another. The hub is home to a number of discrete (and quite diverse) projects: Forgiveness; Hope; The Patient; Ethics in Everyday Life; Persons, Intimacy and Love; and Persons and Animals. Project archives are available for each of these (though at time of review some of these were still under construction), plus details of past and forthcoming conferences and other project activities. The projects bring together academics from a range of disciplines, including: metaphysics; social and medical ethics; and philosophy of love and sex.
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 Journal of Buddhist Ethics (JBE) is a wholly-online, peer-reviewed journal (ISSN: 1076-9005). It is divided into annual volumes which run back to 1994. Areas dealt with include: Vinaya and jurisprudence; medical ethics; philosophical ethics; human rights; ethics and psychology; ecology and the environment; social and political philosophy; cross-cultural ethics; ethics and anthropology; and interfaith dialogue on ethics. The journal also carries a substantial number of book reviews. The website presents full information about submitting to the journal, plus details of the editorial board, policy, and coverage. The Journal of Buddhist Ethics is also a gateway to online resources for the study of Buddhism in general. There is an extensive (though unannotated) list of websites, and the scholarly resources section includes links to bibliographies and other reference materials. The site further acts as the primary distributor of a public domain version of the Pali Canon in electronic form (in association with the Sri Lanka Tripitaka Project). Additional fonts may be required in order to display the texts in Pali. The site also includes a search engine.
This website provides an overview of the thought of the sociologist Max Weber. Written in clear and accessible prose by Frank Elwell, Professor of sociology at Rogers State University, the site is an introductory essay that breaks down Weber's work into its major themes. For example, social action, the ideal type, bureaucracy, authority, causality, the protestant work ethic, and Weber's relationship to Marx are treated. Elwell's essay is fully referenced, and includes a detailed bibliography, thereby making it an excellent starting point for undergraduate study of Weber. Also included on the site is a useful glossary of sociological terms.
An educational website celebrating the work of Max Weber. The site has been created by Frank Elwell, a Professor at Rogers State University, Oklahoma (USA), and aims to support undergraduate sociology students learning about Weber. The site gives an overview of Weber's work, covering topics such as the protestantism and the spirit of capitalism; Weber on bureaucracy and objectivity in the social sciences.
This is the website of the North American Society for Social Philosophy, an organization which seeks to foster and facilitate discussion amongst those involved and interested in the study of social philosophy. It informs visitors of the conferences it organises and contains links that takes them to the Journal of Social Philosophy, the society's official publication. They are also directed to 'Social Philosophy Today', a peer reviewed forum which contains a selection of papers presented at the International Social Philosophy Conference which is organised annually by the society. The site gives them full-text access to the society's latest newsletter and links to relevant websites. Membership details are also available.
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.
This is the website for 'Ratio Juris: An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law' (ISSN: 1467-9337). It provides submission guidelines for authors; subscription/renewal details; tables of contents and abstracts for all articles published since 1988; and access to a free sample issue. Papers published include the following: 'Means and capabilities in the discussion of distributive justice'; 'Rights and the sovereignty of the people in the crisis of the nation state'; 'Human rights and the limits of constitutional theory'; 'Equality before the law and precedent'; and 'Essentialism, conventionalism and primacy'. The journal is published quarterly by Wiley Blackwell in conjunction with the University of Bologna. It is edited by Carla Faralli.
'Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy' (ISSN: 1464-5297) publishes work by scholars interested in the production, assessment and validation of knowledge. It is peer-reviewed and is published 4 times a year. The following are amongst the titles published: 'Comparability and incommensurability'; 'Social epistemology, information science and ideology'; Cross-cultural epistemic practices'; 'The dissonance of scientific and legal norms'; 'A brief history of bibliographies'; 'Dilemmas of objectivity'; and 'Social capital in changing capitalism'. This website contains: submission guidelines for authors; information on its editorial board and readership; and tables of contents of all materials published since 1987, including the abstracts of many articles. Free user registration is required to access a sample issue.
This is the website of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center (SPPC) based at Bowling Green State University, USA. Established in 1981, the centre studies public policy issues from a philosophical perspective. In so doing, it uses insights from other disciplines like economics, jurisprudence and political science. The site informs visitors of upcoming events (e.g. colloquia; lectures and conferences) and of works recently published by its staff, fellows and visiting scholars. It also connects them to Social Philosophy and Policy, the centre's journal which is published twice a year by Cambridge University Press. Each volume is based on a specific theme (e.g. bioethics; human rights; ethics and economics; philosophy and law; virtue and vice; responsibility; the welfare state; autonomy; and moral epistemology). Visitors can view all themes explored since 1983 from that homepage.
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.