About PhilPapers

PhilPapers is:

A comprehensive index of the research literature in philosophy

PhilPapers uses advanced trawling techniques and large-scale crowd-sourcing to monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, personal pages, and open access archives. Our index currently includes 1,115,176 research books and articles. Over 5,000 individuals have contributed content to our index.

An Open Access archive

PhilPapers includes an Open Access archive that is integrated with its citation index. This innovative fusion has enabled PhilPapers' archive to quickly become the primary open access archive of research in philosophy.

A comprehensive structured bibliography of philosophy

PhilPapers' index and its archive are integrated with the largest structured bibliography in the field. PhilPapers' structured bibliography organizes half a million entries into 4,988 topics at different levels of generality. Classification is maintained by a combination of automatic classification, crowd-sourcing, and curation work done by approximately 400 appointed academics.

A major content alerting service in philosophy

Each week, PhilPapers sends over 10,000 content alerts by email to subscribed users, providing them a summary of new papers on their topics of interest. PhilPapers also has more than 4,000 subscriptions to its RSS feeds.

An online community of philosophers

PhilPapers currently has 80,943 registered users, including the majority of professional philosophers and graduate students.

Who we are

General editors

David Bourget (University of Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (Australian National University, New York University)

Area Editors

David Bourget (University of Western Ontario): Philosophy of Mind
Berit Brogaard (University of Missouri St. Louis): Philosophy of Language
Margaret Cameron (University of Victoria): Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
David Chalmers (Australian National University, New York University): Philosophy of Mind
James Chase (University of Tasmania): 20th Century Philosophy
Rafael De Clercq (Lingnan University): Aesthetics
Barry Hallen (Morehouse College): African/Africana Philosophy
Hans Halvorson (Princeton University): Philosophy of Physical Science
Jonathan Ichikawa (University of British Columbia): Metaphilosophy
Michelle Kosch (Cornell University): 19th Century Philosophy
Seth Lazar (Australian National University): Social and Political Philosophy
Øystein Linnebo (Birkbeck College): Philosophy of Mathematics
JeeLoo Liu (California State University, Fullerton): Asian Philosophy
Paul Livingston (University of New Mexico): Continental Philosophy
Brandon Look (University of Kentucky): 17th/18th Century Philosophy
Matthew McGrath (University of Missouri, Columbia): Epistemology
Michiru Nagatsu (University of Helsinki, Tallinn University of Technology): Philosophy of Social Science
Susana Nuccetelli (St. Cloud State University): Philosophy of the Americas
Gualtiero Piccinini (University of Missouri St. Louis): Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Giuseppe Primiero (Middlesex University): Philosophy of Computing and Information
Jack Alan Reynolds (Deakin University): 20th Century Philosophy
Darrell Rowbottom (Lingnan University): Philosophy of Probability
Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes University): Philosophy of Action
Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers University): Metaphysics
Thomas Senor (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville): Philosophy of Religion
Robin Smith (Texas A&M University): Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
Daniel Star (Boston University): Meta-Ethics
Jussi Suikkanen (University of Birmingham): Normative Ethics
Lynne Tirrell (University of Massachusetts, Boston): Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality
John Wilkins (University of Sydney, University of Melbourne): Philosophy of Biology

See this page for a complete list of all editors (about 400 in total).

Advisory board

Tim Crane (Cambridge)
Luciano Floridi (Hertfordshire, Oxford)
Stevan Harnad (Southampton)
Susanna Siegel (Harvard)
Barry Smith (London)
Ed Zalta (Stanford)

PhilPapers' history and support

PhilPapers was initially developed (2006-09) by David Bourget and David Chalmers at the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. The site and the technology behind it started off as MindPapers, which was developed during the years 2006-2007. Immediately after launching MindPapers, Bourget and Chalmers began extending it to cover all of philosophy. Major improvements to the technology resulted in PhilPapers, launched early 2009. The original software architecture and programming is mainly Bourget's work, while the category structure is mainly Chalmers'.

Later in 2009, David Bourget took on a postdoc at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London, where the project benefited from grant funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee. Many improvements were made to the software, which was released independently as an open source package called xPapers.

Since mid-2013, PhilPapers has a new home at the Centre for Digital Philosophy headed by David Bourget at the University of Western Ontario. The Centre has received limited short-term support from Western Ontario, the American Philosophical Association, and the Institute of Philosophy. There is no long-term funding for PhilPapers currently in place.

Past and current sponsors

University of Western Ontario
Including the Rotman Institute of Philosophy
The American Philosophical Association
Institute of Philosophy
University of London
Centre for Consciousnesss
Australian National University
Joint Information Systems Committee
Information Environment Programme

Other Contributors

Significant parts of PhilPapers come from Online Papers in Philosophy, a project developed by Wolfgang Schwarz, which has been integrated into PhilPapers. The personal page tracking system, in particular, was taken from Schwarz' OPP. We are grateful to Schwarz for his work on integrating his software into PhilPapers.

The Polish Center for Philosophical Research has contributed a large amount of Polish content to PhilPapers. We are grateful to Pawel Grabarczyk, Katarzyna Kus and Piotr Wilkin for their work on this project, which has been financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Many entries for articles in Portuguese were graciously donated by PhilBrasil. We continue to share content with PhilBrasil.

Many links to historical e-texts were graciously donated by Thomas Stone of EpistemeLinks.

Last but not least, PhilPapers depends heavily on contributions from end-users. Over 5,000 registered users have contributed to the index. About 400 volunteer editors maintain the categories. We are grateful to everyone for their contributions.