Philosophy: useful websites

This page lists useful, free internet resources for philosophy. See databases for philosophy for a list of key online sources purchased by the University to help you find information in this subject.

Key sites

  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Describes itself as a dynamic reference work. This means that each entry is maintained and kept up to date by academic(s) and refereed before it is posted. As a result, new research constantly appears, while the older entries are archived for reference. It's still something of a work in progress, but a valuable resource.

  • Peter Suber's Guide to Philosophy
    This is a useful guide that is still worth a look, although Peter Suber stopped updating it in February 2003. The Noesis and Hippias guides he refers to have been cancelled due to funding problems, but if you scroll down past the search section you will find a helpful list of links.

Guides and tutorials

  • Internet Philosopher
    One of a series of tutorials written for the Intute Virtual Training Suite. This tutorial aims to improve Internet information skills, knowledge of key Internet sites, Internet search skills and critical thinking skills. The links basket option provides a useful listing of sites relevant to philosophy. A tutorial is also available for Religious Studies.

  • Evaluating websites: a guide
    Hints on assessing the reliability of information you find on the Internet.

  • The web
    A brief guide to finding information which includes links to the main search engines.

General philosophy-related sites

  • Academic Info - Philosophy
    One of a series of subject information gateways forming part of Academic Info, a directory of Internet resources tailored to a higher education audience. Each subject guide is an annotated listing of the best general Internet sites in the field, as well as a gateway to more advanced research tools. Includes links to online publications, language and study aids, reference materials, database archives, virtual libraries, tutorials, as well as other educational materials. Compiled in the United States and has a strong American bias.


  • Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (at the London School of Economics)
    Useful links to organisations, journals and philosophers, as well as a useful section on other philosophy departments within the University of London.

  • Episteme Links
    Has over 13,000 categorized links to philosophy resources on the Internet, plus several additional features. Regularly updated, with a "what is new" section. You can also subscribe to an "Update Newsletter".

  • Philosophical and Religious Studies Subject Centre
    Offers practical support to disseminate innovation and good practice in the teaching of philosophy and religious studies at HE level by producing practice guides, briefing papers, courseware and more. It also links to resources, projects, events and publications. It is part of the Higher Education Academy which offers generic expertise on learning and teaching issues that cross subject boundaries, including assessment, widening participation, employability and e-learning.
  • PhilPapers
    PhilPapers is an index and bibliography of works in philosophy. It indexes books and journals and also monitors open access repositories and the personal websites of academic philosophers. It is linked to PhilEvents (a website listing philosophy events) and PhilJobs (philosophy-related job listings).
     
  • Voice of the shuttle - Philosophy
    Provides links to Internet resources relevant to research in philosophy. This has a useful section on individual philosophers as well as more general resources. Maintained at the University of California.

Ancient and medieval philosophy

  • Medieval logic and philosophy
    Created by Paul Vincent Spade (Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University). Has pdf-files (often from Spade's own teaching resources), which introduce major philosophical issues from the Middle Ages, and a links page.

Individual Philosophers

  • Thomistic philosophy: the enduring thought of St Thomas Aquinas
    A guide both to available electronic resources and to Aquinas' thought.

  • International Berkeley Society Website
    The International Berkeley Society (founded in 1975) holds meetings, conferences, and symposia, and publishes the results of scholarly research on both sides of the Atlantic. It has information, both old and new, about George Berkeley and his works.

  • The Karl Popper Web
    This site gives its aims as to "promote, explore and defend the heroic and critical ethos of science through philosophical debate [and] critically explore and apply the work of Sir Karl Popper, a key figure in the defence of science". Gives information about the annual conference on the philosophy of Sir Karl Popper and has a list of links to other relevant sites.

  • The Bertrand Russell Archives at McMaster University
    A catalogue of Russell's works, the archive at McMaster and links to resources elsewhere.

  • The Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society
    This site gives its aims as promoting" the analysis, tradition, and dissemination of Wittgenstein's philosophy "and continuing" a philosophy which had strong roots in Austria (as well as in other countries): Analytic Philosophy (Wittgenstein) and philosophy of science (Vienna Circle)". Has information about the International Wittgenstein Symposia and links.

Logic

  • Gateway to logic
    The Gateway to Logic is a collection of web-based logic programs offering a number of logical functions.

  • Logical fallacies: the fallacy files
    This has examples of logical fallacies, or mistakes in reasoning and includes alternate names by which specific fallacies are known.

Ontology

  • Buffalo Ontology Site
    The site is maintained by the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The site contains information on ontology, on the history of ontology, and on contemporary ontology and its applications. It will provide links to other ontology sites and announcements of relevant conferences and publications.

Philosophy of Mind

  • COGPRINTS - Cognitive Sciences Eprint Archive
    This is an electronic repository for self-archived papers (written by academics) in any area of study relating to cognition, including philosophy. It has particular relevance for students studying the Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Mind modules. It is hosted by Southampton University and can be searched by topic or year.

  • David Chalmers
    Helpful site, based at the University of Arizona, consisting of David's own work and links to other resources in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of artificial intelligence, and on consciousness in the sciences. Many of the entries are annotated with a brief summary. Most of the core areas of contemporary philosophy of mind are covered. There is also a list of links to Philosophical humour.

Philosophy of science

Electronic texts

  • Internet History of Science Sourcebook
    Contains links to source materials relevant to the history and philosophy of science - ancient, medieval and modern. There are also links other relevant websites.

  • The Perseus Digital Library
    Perseus is a constantly growing digital library offering a wide range of source and secondary full text materials. Its emphasis is on humanities and historical materials, but there is plenty of interest to philosophers.

Organisations & institutions

  • The American Philosophical Association
    The main professional organization for philosophers in the United States. Founded in 1900, its mission is to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline. Has a useful "resources" section.

  • The Royal Institute of Philosophy
    The Institute, founded in 1925, aims to promote the study and discussion of philosophy and original work through its journals Philosophy and Think and by arranging and sponsoring programmes of lectures and conferences. The Council of the Institute welcomes applications for membership from all those interested in Philosophy. A good starting point for resources and links to university philosophy departments in the United Kingdom.

Please note: our site descriptions are based on information available on the site described at the time it was evaluated.

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