Links to Philosophy Resources

Blacks in Philosophy

APA Committee on the Status of Black Philosophers: List of members, committee reports, newsletter.

Black Philosophers Online:  On the philosophyreaders blog

Bob Moses - The Mississippi Freedom Summer, interviewed by Paul Jay, on The Real News.

Collegium of Black Women Philosophers

List of Academic Black Philosophers (As with any list there are going to be mistakes, or typos. This list originally appeared in Wikipedia under the title List of African American Philosophers. Names have been added, and when known, information filled in regarding birth dates, schools, and area of interests). AOS could be different or changed than what posted here, the original list was accessed in 2011.

University of Michigan Ph.D.'s
Anita LaFrance Allen-Castellito (Ph.D., 1980).
University of Pennsylvania Vice Provost for Faculty, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, and Commissioner, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Keizan, Lee Brown, (Ph.D., 1986).


Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman. (Ph.D., 2013).
 Research Associate in the Philosophy of 'Race' Department of Philosophy, University College London.

 

Women in Philosophy

Jennifer Saul. "Women in Philosophy": in the The Philosophers Magazine posted October, 16, 2012.

APA Report: The status of women in philosophy, April 2007: (From Berit Brogaard Blog).

Black Feminism Syllabus from Melissa Harris-Perry.

Core Lists in Women's Studies: Philosophy: (Lisa Roberts, ACRL) click on Search the collection and then search specific terms, or click on the philosophy box.

Core readings in philosophy by female authors for undergraduates: Dynamic Googledoc.

Feminist History of Philosophy: "Forum in which we could exchange ideas, conference call for papers, advertise new publications, in brief a place where we can start building a community of academic philosophers who do history of philosophy from a feminist perspective."

Feminist Philosophers Blog: What the blog is about: Feminist philosophy, more than most areas of philosophy, needs to be informed by real-world information and examples. One of our goals is to help feminist philosophers keep up with philosophically relevant facts and examples. Of course, there’s far more than we could ever hope to cover, but at least this is a start.

Feminist Philosophy by Department Wiki: started in February 2012. Goal is an attempt to improve the available opportunities for people who are interested in feminist philosophy.

Groups for Women in Philosophy: see the lengthy list provided by Women in Philosophy Task Force.

International Association of Women Philosophers: is a professional association and network that provides a  forum for discussion, interaction and cooperation among women engaged in teaching and research in all aspects of philosophy, with a particular emphasis on feminist philosophy. (from website)

Journals that are feminist and philosophy friendly for article submission: from a survey by the Feminist Philosophers blog. (update April 2013)

Knowledge and Experience: Feminist Theory, Philosophy of Science, Environmental Philosophy: includes statistical data on women in philosophy (though some are not very current) and blog.

Philosophy of Law Syllabus & Diversity: from Feminist Philosophers.

Photos of Women in Philosophy, both "present day" and historic: site is by anonymous on tumblr. There is a link for each name. Very well done. 

Reading list for Non-Western Feminist Philosophy: from "Because we're still oppressed" blog.

Society for Analytical Feminismofficial society of the American Philosophical Association, and was founded at the Central Division APA meetings in 1991.

Some readings by female authors used in introduction to philosophy classes by Tim O'Keefe, Georgia State University.  

SWIP-Analytic, Society for Women in Philosophy:  "SWIP-Analytic continues the Society for Women in Philosophy's commitment to being a resource for all women in philosophy by providing a forum for women working in language, mind, metaphysics, logic, ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of science." 

Tenured/tenure-track faculty women @ 98 U.S. doctoral progams in philosophy (updated 12/20/2011)

What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy? A project of the Women in Philosophy Task Force.

What We're Doing About What It's Like: Making things better for women in philosophy: "This blog is a sister-blog to What is it Like to Be a Woman in Philosophy?.  (Both are initiatives of the Women in Philosophy Task Force.)  It’s devoted exclusively to discussions– anonymous or not– of what individuals and institutions are doing in response to problems for women in philosophy."

Women in Philosophy of Logic and Philosophical Logic: A list of women professors who work in Logic and all its subfields (history, mathematical, computational, etc.) There is also a tab for female graduate students. Add your name if you are in logic!

Women in Philosophy Task Force: "The Women in Philosophy Task Force (WPHTF) is an umbrella group that works to coordinate initiatives and intensify efforts to advance women in philosophy."

Women of Philosophy: An online database of collection information about women currently working in philosophy and their research. Launched January 2014.

Women Historians of Philosophy v.1.0: Created in 2012, a list of senior women faculty at Canadian institutions and their specialty.

WomensWorks: The Women’s Works provides a list of papers, books or chapters that could be used in undergraduate teaching, so that if an instructor wants to include more work by women in a syllabus, it is easier to do so. The site can be searched using Google, or papers can be listed by philosophical area or by author. (from the website)

Underrepresented groups in Philosophy

APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies

APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy

APA Newsletter on Indigenous Philosophy

APA Newsletter on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Philosophy

Latina/o & Hispanic Philosopher Databasae Submission Form : from the website (6.16.2014) Our aim in creating this database is to help editors, hiring committees, conference organizers and other philosophers locate and learn about the work of Latina/o & Hispanic Philosophers within the profession. We are building the database on the model of the recently-launched Women of Philosophy Database which has been very successful so far, with over 8,000 visits within the first month. For an example of how the information will be displayed on the website, click on Women of Philosophy database link. 

MAP: Minorities and Philosophy : MAP is a collection of students in North American philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy. Though primarily led by graduate students, MAP also relies on faculty support and encourages undergraduate participation. (from website).

Pluralist's Guide to Philosophy Programs:  From the website: You’ll find here a survey of expert opinion on the best places to study select sub-fields of philosophy. Our aim is to provide students and their mentors with some informed, crowd-sourced ideas about two things: 1) where any student might productively cultivate an interest in American Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Critical Philosophy of Race and Ethnicity, Feminist Philosophy, and GLBT Studies; and 2) where students from traditionally under-represented populations might reasonably expect to find a welcoming environment (as much as philosophers, or graduate programs, are ever welcoming). This site is totally independent of any philosophical organizations.

Syllabi on Underrepresented Areas of Philosophy provided by the APA Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession.

Underrepresented Philosophers Database: From the website: The purpose of this website is to collect the names and works of philosophers underrepresented in philosophy courses at the undergraduate level. By incorporating more works by philosophers belonging to typically underrepresented groups, it may be possible to combat stereotype threat and improve retention of women, persons of color, and others who are historically minorities in philosophy.

Scholary Publications and Publishing and Open Access Publishing

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals in philosophy

Gender composition of scholarly publications (1665-2011): "The gender browser was developed under the Eigenfactor Project at the University of Washington in collaboration with JSTOR."

Journal to Journal Citation : from Brian Weatherson's blog Thoughts Arguments and Rants.
   Update on Journal-to-Journal Citation

Open Access Publishing in Philosophy (blogpost from thinkingshop.com)
  Open Access Journals in Philosophy (from Leiter Reports)

Philosophical Trajectories: from David Faraci, "a site dedicated to helping philosophers learn from each other's publishing experiences."

UlrichsWeb: Global Serials Directory: (this link is for UM Access only. Check local institution to see if library subscribes). From the website: Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more. What does it include? Ulrichsweb covers more than 900 subject areas. Ulrich's records provide data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage, tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians.

Bioethics

Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine from University of Michigan.

Center for Bioethics from University of Pennsylvania.

Center for Ethics and Humanties in the Life Sciences from Michigan State University.

End of Life/Palliative Education Resource Center from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The Hastings Center - a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest since 1969.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics includes several resources in a variety of subdisciplines, including Bioethics.

For more websites sponsored by Universities and Institutes, click here.

Business Ethics

Business Ethics A Research Guide by Kate Pittsley, Business Librarian @ Eastern Michigan University. Includes databases, journals, organizations, and more.

The Institute for Business and Professional Ethics from DePaul University.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics consists of several resources in a variety of subdisciplines, including Business Ethics.

Environmental and Anthropology Ethics

Anthropology Ethics: Studying humankind can give us great insight into the complexities of society and culture. However, any research involving human subjects comes with a thorny set of ethical considerations. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Ethics Center has curated this collection of online resources related to ethical dilemmas and situations in anthropology. The materials are divided into four areas: Case Studies, About, Additional Teaching Resources, and Codes of Ethics. The Case Studies area is quite well-developed, containing 20 rigorously vetted case studies from SUNY-Buffalo, the Society for Economic Botany, and the Smithsonian Institution. For those just entering the field, the Codes of Ethics area might be quite useful. It offers up professional codes from organizations like the American Anthropological Association, the American Association of Museums, and the American Folklore Society. (abstract from KMG, The Internet Scout Report).

Center for Environmental Philosophy affiliated with the University of North Texas.

Environmental Ethics from Lawrence M. Hinman, Professor University of San Diego. 

International Society for Environmental Ethics includes bibliographies, research works, issues in focus, the profession and a much more.

Ethics in General (Associations, Societies, etc.)

Associations
AAR:
American Academy of Religion
AJS: Association of Jewish Studies

APPE: Association of Practical and Professional Ethics


Societies
ASBH: American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
SCE: The Society of Christian Ethics
SJE: Society of Jewish Ethics
SSME: Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics

 

The Ethics Education Library : From the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), this website seeks "to connect people interested in developing new and interesting ethics training methods and programs, to disseminate best practices and tools that have already been developed, and to ultimately foster the creation of new methods and programs for teaching students about ethical issues inherent in research and practice." This is a great place for a general overview all applied ethics resources.

Global Justice & Political Philosophy

Center for Global Development : think tank with mission to "...practical, creative solutions to the challenges that global interdependence poses to the developing countries, starting with debt."

Distributive Justice : internet game on distribution of goods.

New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science : "a group blog with people from all over the map."

Public Reason : a blog for political philosophers : title says it all.

Logic

Free Online Courses or Study Guides (valid as of April 2014)

Introduction to Logic by Michael Genesereth @ Stanford. (Check to see when sessions start).

Logic in Action : The project aims at the development of elementary and intermediate courses in logic in electronic form. All material is freely available. Further interactive educational support is continuously being developed. Below you will find the individual chapters of our self-contained introduction to logic. This material is under continuous development. Academic courses that have used and tested this material were given at Amsterdam University College (NL), at Tsinghua University in Beijing (CN), at Stanford University (PHIL 150E), and at the University of Sevilla.

Logic 1 as taught in Fall 2009 by Dr. Ephraim Glick. Sponsored by MIT.
In this course we will cover central aspects of modern formal logic, beginning with an explanation of what constitutes good reasoning. Topics will include validity and soundness of arguments, formal derivations, truth-functions, translations to and from a formal language, and truth-tables. We will thoroughly cover sentential calculus and predicate logic, including soundness and completeness results.

Logic 1 as taught in Fall 2005 by Professor Vann McGee. Sponsored by MIT.
This course provides an introduction to the aims and techniques of formal logic. Logic is the science of correct argument, and our study of logic will aim to understand what makes a correct argument good, that is, what is it about the structure of a correct argument that guarantees that, if the premises are all true, the conclusion will be true as well? Our subject (though, to be sure, we can only scratch the surface) will be truth and proof, and the connection between them.

Logic II as taught in Spring 2004 by Professor Vann McGee. Sponsored by MIT.
This course begins with an introduction to the theory of computability, then proceeds to a detailed study of its most illustrious result: Kurt Gödel's theorem that, for any system of true arithmetical statements we might propose as an axiomatic basis for proving truths of arithmetic, there will be some arithmetical statements that we can recognize as true even though they don't follow from the system of axioms. In my opinion, which is widely shared, this is the most important single result in the entire history of logic, important not only on its own right but for the many applications of the technique by which it's proved. We'll discuss some of these applications, among them: Church's theorem that there is no algorithm for deciding when a formula is valid in the predicate calculus; Tarski's theorem that the set of true sentence of a language isn't definable within that language; and Gödel's second incompleteness theorem, which says that no consistent system of axioms can prove its own consistency.

Modal Logic as taught in Fall 2009 by Professor Robert Stalnaker. Sponsored by MIT.
This course covers sentential and quantified modal logic, with emphasis on the model theory ("possible worlds semantics"). Topics include soundness, completeness, characterization results for alternative systems, sense and dynamic logics, epistemic logics, as well as logics of necessity and possibility. Course material applies to philosophy, theoretical computer science, and linguistics.

PHIL 120 - Symbolic Logic by Paul Herrick and Mark Storey. Sponsored by Open Course Library.

Resources
Basic Concepts of Logic from Paul Herrick and David Sanders.  

The Many Worlds of Logic: A resource for logic teachers and students of logic
by Paul Herrick.

Textbooks
blogic by J. David Velleman.

Teach Yourself Logic: a Study Guide by Peter Smith
, University of Cambridge. (not for beginners in Logic)

Styles of Philosophyfrom the UM Philosophy Department

Philosophers disagree profoundly about what the best way to do philosophy is. Disagreements of this sort are as old as the subject itself, which in the West dates back to the 6th Century BCE in Greece. Even then, some philosophers thought of what we now call philosophy as much the same sort of activity as natural science, while others thought of it as much more like religion. Disagreements of this sort have persisted to the present day.

The most common approach to philosophy, not only at the University of Michigan, but also in most other major universities in the English-speaking world, is what is known as 'analytic philosophy.' In the first half of the twentieth century, analytic philosophy was a movement that drew on emerging developments in mathematics and logic to clarify philosophical problems. Some analytic philosophers believed that making philosophical questions precise would allow their definitive resolutions, others that it would at least make clear what earlier philosophers had been arguing about -- and still others that it would show these questions to be ill-formed 'pseudo-problems.' Today 'analytic' philosophy still looks to this tradition, valuing clarity and precision in formulating philosophical positions, and scrutinizing arguments carefully. Analyses of meanings are less central than they were half a century ago, and analytic philosophers are now more wide-ranging in their interests, writing on subjects as diverse, for instance, as law, aesthetics, feminism, and Marxism. Analytic philosophers continue to share a belief that philosophy has much to gain from close ties to the natural, social, and mathematical sciences. In the history of philosophy, analytic philosophers stress clear reconstructions of the positions and arguments of the philosophers under study. Analytic studies in ethics, language, thought, mind, knowledge, and the like stress careful formulation and argument, in hopes that clarifying issues and arguments will lead to progress with the problems. In the words of J.L. Austin, the approach is to make progress by asking, persistently, "What does it mean? How do you know?"

Another way of studying philosophy is via the careful interpretation and examination of classic texts in the history of philosophy, works by past philosophers who have proven to be of enduring interest to contemporary philosophers. Although philosophers often conceive of their discipline as like a science, insofar as they hope that it makes progress in solving problems and discovering truth, they typically devote more attention to the history of their discipline than would be common in the sciences. One reason for this is that, to the extent that philosophy does make progress, it does so by building on the work of past philosophers. Understanding contemporary discussions - understanding why philosophers ask the questions they ask, and consider the answers they consider - frequently requires understanding how we got to the point we are at in this continuing conversation and why the questions have so far resisted definitive solution. But another reason is that  the greatest works of past philosophers are a continuing source of inspiration to contemporary philosophers, who often go back to them to mine them for ideas which haven't previously been given their due. And finally, some love to study the history of philosophy for the sheer challenge of trying to understand how the world looked to the best minds of other times and places.

The third major approach to philosophy in American universities is via 'continental philosophy.' This designation originated in the English-speaking world as a way of referring to those European philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries not directly involved with the analytic movement. The term denotes neither a single philosophical program nor even a single line of inquiry, but encompasses a number of quite distinct movements. Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre and Foucault are a few of the figures usually listed under the 'continental' rubric. The much-discussed 'analytic/continental' divide was an artifact of the conviction, held by many English and American philosophers into the 60's and 70's, that analysis was the only way of doing philosophy. As this conviction becomes less widely held, and as analytic philosophers expand their areas of interest, the distinction is becoming less and less significant -- with the result that even predominantly analytic departments like Michigan generally offer courses covering all the major 'continental' figures.

Blogs

Diversity Literacy: understanding the difference that difference makes: "This website is intended to be a resource for cultivating diversity literacy, where diversity literacy is the ability to read a social landscape in terms of difference and most importantly the ways that difference impacts individual’s lives."

Experimental Philosophy: coordinated by Thomas Nadelhoffer.

Feminist Philosophers : "we're here primarily for feminist philosophers."

Go Grue: "an unofficial group blog for the philosophy graduate students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Indian Philosophy Blog: a group blog of scholars exploring Indian philosophy

In Socrates Wake : a blog on the teaching of philosophy.

The Kramer in Now : from Patricia Marino, professor of philosophy @ University of Waterloo.

Left2Right : "a bunch of academics, mostly philosophers, but also others..."

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog : current news in the profession.

PEA Soup : "a blog dedicated to philosophy, ethics, and academia."

PhilEvents: brought to you by the same good people at PhilPapers. Search by date, location, subject. Also has Calls for Papers.

Philosophical Weblogs : "devoted to topics in and around analytic philosophy, or that are by analytic philosophers."

Philosophy Talks : from Stanford iTunes, featuring Daniel Dennett "Intelligent Design"  and Jenaan Ismael, "Strange World of Quantum Reality" and others.

Race Files: "...main focus is Asian Americans, and much that you find here is for and about us. We are a group about which we believe a lot needs to be said, both concerning our experience of anti-Asian racism, and about the particular role Asians play in the racial hierarchy."

TannerTOC : tables of contents from philosophy and relevant interdisciplinary journals.

Thoughts Arguments and Rants : from Brian Weatherson.

Wide Scope : Andrew Culliston, professor @ SUNY Fredonia. Good for teaching and technology tips.

Videos and Podcasts

Philosophical Installations: Collection of over 1500 videos free for non commercial use from the University of Oregon.

Generation Anthropocene: A weekly podcast from Stanford University which provides interviews about the Anthropocene from a social, scientific, economic, and moral perspectives. 

History of Philosophy podcasts: Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King's College Longon, takes listeners through the history of philosophy "without any gaps." As of May 2012, 79 lectures.

Joy of Logic BBC full documentary 2013

KCND-FM: WHY? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

Modern Day Philosophers "is a podcast created by comedian Danny Lobell. It features Danny and a different comedian every week discussing philosophy. It can be listened to on iTunes or SoundCloud."

New Books in Philosophy
 Discussions with Authors about Their New Books. Other subject areas can be found on the New Books network.

The Reith Lectures, 1948- present: A series of annual radio lectures on significant contemporary issues from experts in the relevant discipline. From BBC.

Society for Applied Philosophy Series of Podcasts
2011:    Amartya Sen. "The Global Reach of Human Rights"
2010:    Philip Kitcher. "Militant Modern Atheism"
2009:    Thomas Pogge. "Measuring Development, Poverty and Gender Equity"
2008:    Baroness Onora O'Neill. Natualism, Normativity, and Applied Ethics"
   
University of Oxford Philosophy Podcasts 
  Includes the following: John Locke Lectures, Isaiah Berlin Lectures, Interviews with Philosophers, Philosophy for Beginners, Critical Reasoning for Beginners, General Philosophy, Nietzsche on Mind and Nature, Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, and Bio-Ethics Bites.

Philosopher's Pipe: Philosophy Podcasts Piped Into One Place : Podcasts from Philosophy Bites, BBC Radio, The Philosopher's Zone, Elucidations, Minerva, SuchThatCast, Why?Radio and Philosophy Now. Updated twice a day, "A Digital Humanities project."

wiphi: open access philosophy: Three schools, Duke, Yale, and MIT have joined together to demonstrate how to do philosophy rather than for them to simply learn what philosophers have thought, we see it as equally important to develop the critical thinking skills that are core to the methodology of philosophy.

Individual:
John Broome.
Tanner Lectures on Human Values, 2012. "The Public and Private Morality of Climate Change."

Kit Fine: 'Truth Making' sponsored by dialectica at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division conference, 2011.

Bertrand Russell. From the BBC, with AC Grayling, Mike Beaney, and Hilary Greaves.