A Survey of Philosophical Resources on the Web

This is a highly selective annotated bibliography of web resources available on the internet. There are many excellent guides of web resources, some of the best of whichare listed below. If you are looking for general information, any of these will probably take you to where you want to go. Rather than duplicate their information, resources are highlighted that are most likely to be of use to students at Grinnell in terms of courses offered by our Philosophy Department and/or those sites that are regularly used for teaching and research.


American Philosophical Association

"The American Philosophical Association is 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." Resources include programs of upcoming meetings, membership lists, job listings, email addresses of members, etc.

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

"The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), is a professional organization devoted to supporting philosophy inspired by Continental European traditions. SPEP is also actively committed to philosophical pluralism. It has become the second largest American philosophical society and accommodates such traditions as critical theory, existentialism, feminism, German Idealism, hermeneutics, post-structuralism and phenomenology." Includes graduate school information, links to resources, etc.

International Association for Philosophy and Literature

"The International Association for Philosophy and Literature is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and scholarly research within the humanities. Founded to provide a context for the interplay of Philosophy, Literary Theory, and Cultural / Textual Studies, the Association brings together scholars from the full range of disciplines concerned with philosophical, historical, critical, and theoretical issues. With its focus on interdisciplinary topics and concerns, the IAPL, since its founding in the mid-1970s, has represented and participated in many of the most vital and exciting developments at the intersection of philosophy and literature. The association's annual meetings provide a unique opportunity for dialogue and the exchange of ideas, the articulation of contemporary themes and topics, the exploration of various expressive arts, and the production of new theoretical discourses."

Individual Philosophers

Developed by Duncan Large (German, Swansea), this site has links to most Nietzsche resources (including online texts in English and German) on the web in addition to information about the Society.

Managed and arranged by Charles Stivale, this is the most up to date list of D+G resources available, including translations of many texts not available in print in English.

Summary of "Gilles Deleuze's ABC Primer" (L'Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze, 1988/1995): Charles Stivale's gift to Deleuze's readers, his overview of the eight-hour series of interviews between Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet that were filmed by Pierre-André Boutang in 1988. Destined to be broadcast only after Deleuze's death, these interviews were shown with Deleuze's permission on the Arte channel between November 1994 and spring 1995, i.e., during the year prior to his death. Rather than provide a transcription and translation into English, Stivale summarizes the main points of the questions posed by Parnet and Deleuze's responses.

One of the best academic websites around, and a model of the web's potential in terms of making materials available to a broad audience. The managers seek to place on line by October 1999 approximately 80 of Gilles Deleuze's lectures presented at the Université Paris VIII Vincennes and Université Vincennes St-Denis between 1971-1987 (2000 pages). Their goal is to eventually place all Deleuze's lectures on the web and available without charge. In French, but English translations for many of these are also available, generously donated by an assortment of able translators (Melissa McMahon, Timothy Murphy, Charles Stivale) who know Deleuze's works well.

"This project is to produce an online dictionary of the terms used by, or derived from, the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari." A somewhat disorganized site, with many dead links. Dictionary entries are of inconsistent quality; some very good, some quite poor. Use with caution.

Bibliography of publications.(compilation in progress). Here you find bibliographies of texts and interviews by Jacques Derrida, ordered chronologically (by publication year) or alphabetically (by title). Still under construction.

Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction Link

Jacques Derridahttp://

This page derives from one created by Chris Allert, who in turn incorporated materials from A. Liu's Voice of the Shuttle Philosophy Page.

The Center for Dewey Studies is the home of ongoing publishing projects and research materials that focus on the life and work of the American philosopher and educator John Dewey. On this site you will find information pertaining to the Center, its resources, and events related to Dewey studies.

This site, developed and managed by Clare O'Farrell, contains information and resources on Michel Foucault (1926 -1984) and on research inspired by his work.

Foucault Bibliography

While far from complete, this remains the best web bibliography of primary and secondary source material on Foucault.

This hypertext project began as a class project on the rhetorical theory of Jürgen Habermas for an English 980: Studies in Rhetoric class at Michigan State University. This web site was a class project during the creator's doctoral studies, and has not been updated for a few years.

The inclusion of the following Internet links on the Hegel Society's web page does not indicate endorsement by the Hegel Society of the content or views contained on the web pages connected by these links. If you would like your Hegel-related web page to have a link on the HSA's web page, please contact the webmaster, Andrew R. Hill.

Contains information on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)
and links to related web pages in English.

Contains information on author and philosopher William James.

The World Wide Web's most organized and comprehensive listing of resources on Kant.

A very detailed account of Nietzsche's life, organized by year, that is drawn from a number of biographies. The primary sources are the three volume biography of Nietzsche by C. P. Janz and the Chronik of the Kritische Studienausgabe. The citations from the Nietzsche's works and notes are based on the Kritische Gesamtausgabe. Developed and maintained by Malcolm Brown.

Maintained by Douglas Thomas. "This page is designed to help facilitate the study of the works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Its primary purpose is to provide scholars an on-line reference for contemporary scholarship about Nietzsche."


General Links

Managed by Tom Stone; includes thousands of sorted links to philosophy resources on the internet and has several additional features. The main sections of EpistemeLinks include: Philosophers; Topics; E-Texts; Images; Classroom; Journals; Discussion Lists; Professors and Graduate Students; Organizations; Departments; Newsgroups; Events; Publishers; Fun and Humor; Papers; Jobs Listings. It is well organized and updated regularly.

By Dey Alexander.
"Hosted by Monash University in Australia, this is one of the best general guides to philosophy-related resources on the internet. The guide is divided into five sections (branches of philosophy, text-related sites, organizations, forums, and miscellaneous) and is probably the best maintained of all the guides to philosophy on the internet. It is regularly updated, and the links (all 1900+) are checked monthly to ensure accuracy. Unlike most other guides, this one is richly annotated."

By Peter Suber.
This is one of the most comprehensive guides to philosophy-related resources on the internet. Unlike Philosophy in Cyberspace, this guide doesn't have a separate Web page for each section. Instead, it consists of one very large file (over 250k). This means it takes time to load. But there is a significant advantage to having the guide consist of only one page: you can use your browser's search command to search all sections at once. There is now a faster loading multi-file edition.

By Peter Suber (General Editor).
"Hippias is a peer-reviewed, limited area search engine (LASE) of philosophy-related resources on the World-Wide Web. The point of Hippias is to limit searches of the internet to only those sites of scholarly interest. So whereas a search for "Plato" using a typical search engine like Alta Vista results in over 40,000 matches (many of which have nothing to do with Plato the philosopher), a search for "Plato" using Hippias results in less than 300 matches all pertaining to Plato the philosopher."

"The PDC publishes: (1) the Guidebook for Publishing Philosophy, 1997 Edition; (2) Books in Philosophy (the world's largest mail-order supplier of philosophy books--the PDC is currently constructing a searchable online version of the catalogue); (3) POIEISIS: Philosophy Online Serials (a major electronic journals project); (4) numerous print journals; and a lot more."

A good set of links to resources, organized by philosophical subject area Particularly helpful for resources in Anglo-American philosophy.

Maintained by Alan Liu.
A good place to start looking for resources in philosophy and the humanities more generally.

Edited by Edward N. Zalta.
A Publication of: The Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Ventura Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4115 "The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is intended to serve as an authoritative reference work suitable for use by professionals and students in the field of philosophy." The entries are refereed by a select Editorial Board who are responsible for continually evaluating the entries along with whatever modifications made to them over time. Unlike other internet encyclopedias, the authors of this encyclopedia have direct access to their entries and can upload changes as they see fit. Thus, the entries are continually improved and updated in light of new research. Although still in the beginning stages, what is available is of high quality.

"Articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy are currently from three sources (1) adaptations from public domain sources, (2) adaptations of material written by the editor for classroom purposes, and (3) original contributions by professional philosophers around the internet. Over time, the editor (James Fieser) seeks to replace all of the first two type of articles with original contributions by professional philosophers. The first two type of articles are identifiable by the inclusion of the initials IEP at the foot of the article. By contrast, original articles are identifiable by the author's name at the close. Presently, most articles in the history of philosophy prior to 1900, such as "Aristotle", are compiled from at least three public domain sources and have been heavily edited. Presently, most of the articles on philosophical terminology, such as "Universals", are by the editor." A good general resource for quick information on selected topics, primarily in the Anglo-American tradition.

Extensive list of texts, mailing lists, journals, and academic departments.

"The goal of this list is to be useful not comprehensive. Several fairly comprehensive sites exist with certain strengths and weaknesses; you can find pointers to them here. The number of philosophy-related sites can be overwhelming, and some are far more useful, helpful, and current than others. Our hope is that this site can help steer your toward the information you are after more quickly. Sites which are not available in English. or are focused too specifically on areas of interest to a limited audience have not been listed here." Blackwell's site is very good, listing many useful resources including links to departments, usenet and listserv groups, online texts, bibliographies, pages on philosophers, societies and associations, journals, dictionaries, and topics.

An excellent page created and managed by Peter King and organized into the following categories: Universities' Philosophy Pages, Institutions, Commercial Organizations, etc., Individuals' Philosophy Pages, Philosophy Sites by Topic, Philosophy Journals, Sites Devoted to Individual Philosophers, Philosophy Discussion on the Internet, Philosophy Events, Continuing Education, and Philosophers on the Web. Includes many helpful links for making contacts with departments and philosophical organizations and publications.

Online Texts

This is a (non-profit) site for academic philosophers to search and register on-line philosophy papers. Currently there are about 500 entries in the database. Basically a database of links that point to papers available elsewhere. Managed by Joe Lau, Department of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong.

"This site aims to be complete. Here you will find links to both print and electronic journals."

Interesting collection of online interviews with writers and intellectuals, including Kathy Acker, Avital Ronell, Steven Shaviro, Gregory Ullmer.

One of the first and best web journals. Archive lists links to many articles on philosophy, literary theory, postmodernism, and cultural studies.

"your one-stop shop for multi-media philosophy." Name says it all.

Well-managed site for Italian resources on the web (some in English).

Topics, Areas, Movements

Excellent set of links to Chinese philosophical texts, bibliographies, listservs and various Internet resources related to Chinese philosophy/philosophers.

Hosted by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech University. Managed by Kristin Switala. "The Feminist Theory Website provides research materials and information for students, activists, and scholars interested in women's conditions and struggles around the world. The goals of this website are: 1) to encourage a wide range of research into feminist theory, and 2) to encourage dialogue between women (and men) from different countries around the world. The Feminist Theory Website has three parts: 1) various fields within feminist theory; 2) different national / ethnic feminisms; and 3) individual feminists. It is adding materials constantly; its contributors are informed, and it's an excellent site to locate information on feminist theory.

A relatively new site in which a "first-rate, comprehensive, and continuously updated bibliography of works in philosophy published by women" is being compiled.

Paul Wong's extensive list.

An excellent set of links to most major (and several more minor) figures in Continental philosophy. Maintained and updated regularly by Scott Moore.

(CARP) - page maintained by Lester Embree at Florida Atlantic University, contains much valuable information for those interested in phenomenology.

A list and description of some pages on the web concerning existentialism, feminism, and phenomenology (direct link to Philosophy in Cyberspace section concerning existentialism).

This is a list of online bibliographies, texts, and journals related to topics such as Person, Self, Personal Identity, Self-Consciousness, Self-Knowledge, etc. Managed by Shaun Gallagher, Department of Philosophy, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY 14228.

Updates by Lawrence M. Hinman. "Ethics Updates is designed primarily to be used by ethics instructors and their students. It's intended to provide updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relate to ethics." "This is a fantastic resource for anyone teaching or studying ethics. There is a section for most major topics in moral philosophy: utilitarianism, egoism, relativism, abortion, euthanasia, world hunger, etc. Each section includes an annotated bibliography and links to relevant resources on the WWW: court decisions, encyclical letters, transcripts of congressional hearings, recent newspaper and magazine articles, etc."

Originating from the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Ventura Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4115. A technical, but interesting site, which describes itself as follows: "Whereas physics is the attempt to discover the laws that govern fundamental concrete objects, metaphysics is the attempt to discover the laws that systematize the fundamental abstract objects presupposed by physical science, such as natural numbers, real numbers, functions, sets and properties, physically possible objects and events, to name just a few. The goal of metaphysics, therefore, is to develop a formal ontology, i.e., a formally precise systematization of these abstract objects. Such a theory will be compatible with the world view of natural science if the abstract objects postulated by the theory are conceived as (possible) property-patterns of the natural world. In our research lab, we have developed such a theory: the axiomatic theory of abstract objects and relations. In many ways, this theory is l ike a machine for detecting abstract objects (hence the name `research lab'), for among the recursively enumerable theorems, there are statements which assert the existence of the abstract objects mentioned above. Moreover, the properties of these abstracts can be formally derived as consequences of the axioms. The theory systematizes ideas of philosophers such as Plato, Leibniz, Frege, Meinong, and Mally. Our results are collated in the document Principia Metaphysica, which is authored by Edward N. Zalta (Ph.D./Philosophy), a Senior Research Scholar at CSLI. An online version of Principia Metaphysica can be found by following the link to The Theory of Abstract Objects (see below). In published work, the theory has been applied to problems in the philosophy of language, intensional logic, the philosophy of mathematics, and the history of philosophy."

This dictionary is intended as a free resource to all those interested in the philosophy of mind. The Dictionary has a policy of blind peer review for all submissions to the Dictionary." Edited by Chris Eliasmith. Good source for quick definitions of concepts in the philosophy of mind. Some entries of key terms are extensive, often written by major philosophers. Provides references for further information.

By David Chalmers. "This is a bibliography of recent work in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of artificial intelligence, and on consciousness in the sciences. It consists of 4934 entries, and is divided into six parts (Consciousness and Qualia; Mental Content; Psychophysical Relations; Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence; Miscellaneous Topics; Consciousness in the Sciences), each of which is further divided by topic and subtopic. Many of the entries are annotated with a brief summary. Most areas of mainstream contemporary philosophy of mind are covered, but very active tangential areas, such as belief semantics and action theory, have been largely ignored. The bibliography consists mostly of papers and books from the last 35 years, with density of coverage increasing with proximity to the present."

Maintained by the Philosophy Department at Duke University, this site presents resources, programs and publishers related to cognition and mind.

This site is dedicated to promoting discussion of philosophical and political issues. This index has links to papers and archived discussions of all their discussion lists, including:

  • Anarchy-List
  • Avant-Garde
  • Bataille
  • Baudrillard
  • Blanchot
  • Bourdieu
  • Deleuze-Guattari
  • Paul Virilio
  • Feyerabend
  • Film-Theory
  • Foucault
  • Frankfurt-School
  • French-Feminism
  • Habermas
  • Heidegger
  • Klossowski
  • Lyotard
  • Nietzsche
  • PhilLitCrit: Discussion of philosophy, literature, and the critical space of their encounter
  • Postcolonial
  • Third-World-Women

Discussion is uneven, sometimes silly, but sometimes quite good. Spoon is operated through the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia.

Created by Doug Stewart. A good place to look for resources relating to science studies; the emphasis is on history of science, but there are links to resources for philosophy of science.


Annotated Bibliography Ralph D. Ellis, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, and Natika Newton, Ph.D., New York Institute of Technology.

Compiled by David Chalmers, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz. Extensive bibliography: over 2000 entries. Well organized and annotated.

Compiled by Bryan W. Van Norden. Good compilation of contemporary materials--translations and secondary materials. Also includes a list of course syllabi available on the Web.

The Collaborative Bibliography of Women in Philosophy. An excellent bibliographical database, searchable by author, keywords and other terms. Describes itself thusly: "This bibliography is a project in collaborative scholarship with a database now containing over 11,000 records representing the work of over 3,500 women."