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2008-12-17
Primary Texts in the History of Philosophy
If we put every version of every text by famous dead philosophers, we'll end up with lots of versions of Jowett's translation of the Republic, sorted, perhaps, under Plato, misc.
Should these be included?  You'll be repeating the work of EpistemeLinks, and there will be lots of problems with dead links, but it might be nice to see commentaries dangling off the primary texts.

Should these be weeded so that we don't have multiple versions of a single translation?  So we don't include chapters when we have wholes?  So that it's easiest to tell which version is searchable?

Should they be sorted with the rest?  Many of them would pose insuperable subject level categorization problems (assuming that you divide by subject after you give a name), and it would be a shame to see them all go under misc.



2008-12-17
Primary Texts in the History of Philosophy
Yes, a tricky issue.  Perhaps it makes most sense to have different entries for different translations of the same work (with a field for the translator), and then treat different online versions of a translation via multiple links associated with a single entry.  This will also become more of an issue once we have books in the system.  I'm not certain what our current algorithm is for dealing with this individuation issue, but it's probably somewhat haphazard for now.


2008-12-17
Primary Texts in the History of Philosophy
Perhaps under each named philosopher for whom there are primary texts in the database, there should be an immediate sub-category of 'primary texts'.  That's probably better than scattering them throughout the tree.

2009-08-27
Primary Texts in the History of Philosophy
Speaking just from the perspective of someone in ancient Greek philosophy, there are many translations with commentary/notes that should be classified under the relevant philosopher's name.  One workable schema might be an entry for 'Works' under a philosopher's name, with subentries for specific works (and perhaps 'Complete Works' and 'Selections' among them).  Those actually doing research in Greek philosophy aren't going to enter "lots of versions of Jowett's translation of the Republic", but they will want to enter things like the Clarendon Aristotle Series under 'Aristotle'. 

Robin Smith