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2014-04-14
For PhilPapers to survive and thrive, it needs financial support.  In five years, PhilPapers has grown from a side project into the most widely used bibliographical resource in the field.  During this time, many changes have taken place.  David Bourget, the architect of PhilPapers, now has a tenure-track appointment with teaching, research, and service duties in addition to PhilPapers. We need technical staff that can assume David's many roles, from server maintenance and administrative support to application programming and user interface design. A whole team is needed for PhilPapers to thrive and develop to its full potential.

We have considered many different financial models, including asking for donations and requiring subscriptions.  After much consultation, it has become clear to us that the best way forward is a model involving annual subscriptions for large institutions.

Starting June 1, 2014, we ask large institutions (especially universities) to pay an annual subscription fee for ... (read more)

2014-03-10
The PhilPapers category system now contains comprehensive bibliographies for a large number of areas of philosophy.  We now have 450 subject editors editing 1357 bibliographies (a comprehensive list is here).  Over the last year or so we have introduced a number of features to make the bibliography system more effective.

First, bibliographies are now supplemented with a summary of the key themes and issues involved, a list of key works, and a list of introductory works, compiled by the editor for that category.  For now, about 600 categories (listed here) have these summaries. Eventually, all categories will have them.

Second, we have introduced topical subcategories for categories on historical figures, linked to the PhilPapers subject categories wherever possible.  For example "Kant: Perception" is a subcategory of Kant and is also listed under Perception.  A number of historical figures now have a detailed subcategory system: notably Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, H ... (read more)

2013-09-09
We are glad to announce the official launch of the Centre for Digital Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. The Centre will be based in the Department of Philosophy at Western. David Bourget will head the Centre. David Chalmers will be associate director. 

CDP will advance research and education in philosophy through digital means. In particular, it will continue the development of PhilPapers, PhilEvents, PhilJobs, and other Phil* projects we have initiated. CDP will also support projects that aim to advance our understanding of philosophy and philosophical problems through technology or technology-centric methods. There are possibilities for PhD studentships and postdocs for individuals pursuing relevant research. The Centre also needs Perl and Groovy programmers.

CDP's initial partners include the American Philosophical Association, the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London, the Australian National University, and other un ... (read more)

2013-08-12
The new PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers (found at http://philjobs.org) has launched today.

Jointly operated by the PhilPapers team and the APA, PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers aims to bring together the best features of PhilJobs and Jobs for Philosophers. It is a freely available, comprehensive, international listing of jobs relevant to philosophers of any level of training.

PhilJobs: JFP is an international project with support from several organizations. Our international sponsors include the University of Western Ontario (Canada), the Institute of Philosophy (UK), and the Australian National University.

PhilJobs: JFP includes all existing ads from PhilJobs and Jobs for Philosophers. All user data saved on PhilJobs have been carried over.

We encourage all institutions worldwide with jobs in philosophy to advertise them on PhilJobs: JFP, and we encourage all jobseekers in philosophy to use the site.

Please visit the site for more information:

http://philjobs.org/


2013-06-28
The PhilPapers Foundation and the American Philosophical Association are pleased to announce a new partnership that will enhance the Foundation's ability to support the development of PhilPapers and related services.

Beginning this August, the APA’s Jobs for Philosophers will merge with PhilJobs to become PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers (PhilJobs: JFP). By bringing together the PhilJobs software platform with JFP’s established presence, this partnership will create an online source for jobs in philosophy that is both comprehensive and user-friendly and gives job seekers confidence in fairness and equity in the hiring process. The new combined service will be tailored to both US and international job listings, making it the go-to site for those seeking professional employment in philosophy as well as for hiring institutions.

PhilJobs: JFP will be free of charge for all job seekers. Job advertisements will be available at competitive rates on a sliding fee scale to appeal to all types of i ... (read more)

2013-06-24
There have been numerous developments with PhilPapers recently. One major development is that David Bourget has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. There he will be the director of a new Centre for Digital Philosophy, which will serve as the new home base for the Phil* projects, including PhilPapers, PhilEvents, PhilJobs, and other projects to be developed.

In the coming years, we hope to greatly extend the existing Phil* projects and to develop further projects. These new projects include the PhilPeople project, a comprehensive database of professional philosophers. Among its many uses, this database will serve many diversity purposes (in conference organization, for example) and will serve as a database of referees for journal editors. Another planned project is PhilSurvey, which will extend the methods of the PhilPapers survey in surveying professional philosophers. We also have plans to significantly extend PhilPaper ... (read more)

2013-04-29
We've written an article based on the PhilPapers Survey of professional philosophers: What Do Philosophers Believe?. It covers the popularity of various views; correlations with age, gender, and geography; a factor analysis that tries to isolate important underlying factors; and discussion of the results of the Metasurvey, bringing out just how surprising some of the survey results are. There are various goodies along the way that haven't been previously revealed. The article is forthcoming in Philosophical Studies. We'll be submitting the final version soon, but in the meantime all comments are welcome in the article's discussion forum (see "discussion" at the bottom of the page linked above).

2013-03-17
We are pleased to announce that PhilPapers now accepts papers in any language.

As a pilot project, the index has been enriched with a large database of Polish publication data maintained by members of the Centre for Philosophical Research. We are grateful to Paweł Grabarczyk, Katarzyna Kuś and Piotr Wilkin for their work on this project, which has been financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Publications in languages other than Polish are not systematically covered at this time, but we will improve our coverage over time. For now, we are accepting submissions of individual items in other languages. We are also open to recommendations for philosophical journals in other languages that should be included in our database, especially if they have an electronic feed. If you are interested in helping to develop systematic coverage in other languages, please contact us.

Language filters are not applied by default. To activate language filters for search and email alerts ... (read more)

2011-11-11
The PhilPapers team is pleased to announce the launch of PhilEvents, a comprehensive calendar of events in philosophy worldwide. Try it out
As always, we welcome any form of feedback. Please report any bugs and send your suggestions using our contact form on PhilEvents. 

2011-10-06
The PhilPapers team is pleased to announce a new online database of job ads in philosophy: PhilJobs. The database is to cover jobs in philosophy of all types from all over the world. It is searchable in many different ways (including AOS and geographic parameters).  Search parameters can be saved and can be used to generate email alerts.  Ads from PhilJobs will soon start appearing in PhilPapers' content alerts and certain sections of the site.  Posting and viewing ads on PhilJobs is free.  David Chalmers has more details on the project here.

If you are advertising a job in philosophy, we encourage you to submit the advertisement to PhilJobs.  If you are seeking a job in philosophy, we encourage you to search for jobs on the site.  Any feedback would be welcome, either through the feedback form on the site or through posting on the PhilJobs discussion forum.

2011-01-28
Today marks PhilPapers' second anniversary. This is a good occasion to review our progress, and to announce a new project which has just been awarded JISC funding.

PhilPapers' growth

Today PhilPapers receives about 300,000 visitors per month, or 10,000 per day. There are over 20,000 registered PhilPapers users. About 60% of registered users are faculty members or graduate students in a philosophy department.

It is not just the user base that has grown phenomenally in two years. The index of entries has grown from about 180,000 items to over 330,000 items, thanks in good part to the increasing collaboration of publishers.

Our tests indicate that our coverage of English-language professional publications in philosophy is ahead of commercial indices by many measures.  We have also received over 10,000 submissions directly from users. Those submissions, together with website harvesting and a rich
set of online tools for researchers, have made PhilPapers a unique resource for keeping up with the ... (read more)

2010-11-08
We have just released a wealth of additional information about last year's PhilPapers Philosophical Survey

First, we have posted detailed results regarding correlations between answers.  This includes correlations between answers to the main philosophical questions, and also correlations between these questions and background questions such as nationality, gender, age, and other factors.

Second, we have posted an attempt at a factor analysis, isolating a number of key factors that tend to predict an individual's responses to the survey.

Third, we have made available the answers of respondents who chose to make them publicly available. The list of these respondents is here. In addition, all respondents who have PhilPapers profiles can see who among public respondents have answers most similar to their own. If you have completed the survey, your answers will now be available through your profile and you can modify them if desired.  You can also modify settings to make your answers public or&n ... (read more)

2010-10-25
As of today, it is possible to build your personal list of favourite authors and receive notices of all their new publications through PhilPapers. This works even with authors who are not registered PhilPapers users, and you can follow your Facebook friends' work. PhilPapers Social is available from your profile

2010-09-20
Some of you may have noticed new features appearing on PhilPapers in recent weeks.  These include the following:

* Archive monitoring: PhilPapers now indexes articles found on Open Access archives. We are currently monitoring about 800 archives (mostly University-wide archives). Make sure your institutional archive is listed and that PhilPapers is correctly gathering its contents.

* Expanded coverage: We are now monitoring about 50 new journals and have the ability to add many more as we receive suggestions. We've also improved our book coverage.

* Book shopping: PhilPapers now displays prices for books on Amazon Marketplace. We have built a Bargain Finder utility which allows you to view the most discounted books on Marketplace in your areas of interests.
* Improved search facilities: We've built a new search engine which provides more flexibility in advanced mode and more relevant results in basic mode. This engine has been in operation as of the 18th of September.

* Improved performance: we have new ... (read more)

2009-12-09
The PhilPapers Survey and Metasurvey have now closed. Both had excellent response rates: 3226 individuals completed the Survey, and 727 completed the Metasurvey. Thanks again to everyone who participated.

The preliminary results can be found here:

http://philpapers.org/surveys/

This page contains basic data on answers to the Survey and the Metasurvey, broken down by population and by area of specialization. It also contains demographic data on answers to the background questions. There is also a discussion of the survey design and a highly preliminary discussion of results. In the not-too-distant future we will add more data concerning interquestion correlations, as well as correlations of answers with geography, age, and gender, and a factor analysis. There is a new discussion forum for surveys here.


2009-11-17
We are pleased to announce the public launch of a new PhilPapers project: the Philosophical Survey.  The aim of the Philosophical Survey is to discover information about the distribution of philosophical views among professional philosophers and others.

The survey contains thirty questions, each giving a choice between 2-4 views on a philosophical issue (for example, "Analytic-synthetic distinction: Yes or no?"; "Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?"). Respondents can indicate that they accept or lean toward one of the options or can give one of a variety of "other" answers.  We have kept the questions as simple as possible, as clarification would be a never-ending process.  We will also ask for some optional background information.

We have already launched the survey by email invitation to 2000 philosophers in 100 leading departments of philosophy worldwide.  We are now opening up the survey so that anyone can take it.  We especially encourage professional philosophers and g ... (read more)

2009-06-18
A number of new development projects for PhilPapers are described here.  Your feedback will be very useful in implementing these projects.  Please post any feedback here.

2009-04-06
As part of the development of PhilPapers, we have created a system of editorial positions.  We aim to assign editors to all categories at the area level and below.  Editors will be given powerful tools to help us populate and maintain the categories.  Full details of the editorial system are available in the editor's manual.

We are now calling for applications for these positions.  You can apply to become editor of a category by following the relevant link at the top of the category's page (you can reach pages for the major areas from the main category page, and all the pages for subcategories from there).  The main qualification for editorship is one or more publications on the relevant topic, though we may relax that requirement for editorships for leaf categories, and the requirement may be higher for area editors.

We strongly encourage qualified philosophers to apply, whether for an entire area, a middle-level category, or for one or more leaf categories.  You will be making a real c ... (read more)
Latest replies: Permanent link: http://philpapers.org/post/577

2009-04-06
We are delighted to announce that the PhilPapers project has been awarded a grant of £200,000 by the Joint Information Systems Committee in the UK. The grant will be administered by the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London, where David Bourget will be based for the next three years. Together with support from the Institute of Philosophy and the ANU Centre for Consciousness, this grant will serve to fast-track the development of ambitious new features, and will support our efforts to spread the technology which underpins PhilPapers. Many thanks to all those who supported our bid.

A new feature that we have just put online is a batch import system for bibliographies. If you have a bibliography in Endnote, BibTeX, plain text, or another format, you can now add its entries to PhilPapers. For category-specific bibliographies, you can specify a PhilPapers category to which entries should be added. This should provide a good way to help populate the PhilPapers categories, and to ... (read more)

2009-03-17
It has been six weeks since the public launch of PhilPapers. We now have nearly 2500 registered users, and at least twice as many regular but unregistered users. The registered users who have specified affiliations are about 40% faculty, 40% graduate students, and 20% others (undergraduate, postdoc, research staff, etc).

We are continuing to debug and add new features. Thanks to your input, we have fixed various bugs pertaining to the registration process, email alerts, and RSS feeds. Along with various other minor changes, we have added three significant new features:

(1) We have restructured the category browsing system to make it clearer and easier to use. When you go to an area page, the entire category structure for that area will be displayed. When you go to subareas, you will see both the category structure for that subarea and all the items in that subarea.

(2) We now have a page for tracked personal pages, listing all of the personal pages that we monitor for new papers. Users ca ... (read more)

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