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Today (January 28, 2019) is PhilPapers' tenth birthday. PhilPapers has grown enormously since its modest beginnings at the ANU. In the first months, we had only a few thousand users. Now we have hundreds of thousands. We started by indexing a relatively small number of articles that were readily available online. Now we have by far the most complete index of the philosophical literature with 2.4 million entries.

In the first years, it was just one person doing all the technical work. Now we have a robust and growing team at the Centre for Digital Philosophy. We're very grateful for all the work that everyone has put into PhilPapers, from our 600 or so category editors and our tens of thousands of casual contributors to the developers that have contributed code and the organizations that have supported them. We're enthusiastically looking ahead to what we can achieve as a community over the next ten years.

By the way, everyone is welcome to join us for a special session at the upcoming Pacific ... (read more)

We have just launched a beta testing version of PhilPeople, a directory and social network for philosophers developed by the PhilPapers Foundation with support from the American Philosophical Association. Visit the site to find out more!

In the coming months, we will launch PhilPeople, a new service from the PhilPapers Foundation developed with the support of the APA.  PhilPeople will be a searchable database of philosophers.  It will have an associated search engine that enables searches on a number of dimensions (e.g. by areas of specialization, location, and demographic features).  PhilPeople will also provide a profile page to any philosopher who wants one, with links to their publications on PhilPapers.  It will include social networking features.  It will also include an associated database of academic departments of philosophy, with searchable information about each of these departments.

PhilPeople will have many benefits for the philosophical community.  For individual philosophers, it will provide a way of showcasing your research, making information about you and your work available to the broad community, and helping you to network with other philosophers.  For those planning conferences and events, it w ... (read more)


We're pleased to announce the launch of a new site: PhilArchive

As its name indicates, PhilArchive is an open access e-print archive for philosophical works.  PhilArchive is a relaunch and rebranding of the archive service that has been present within PhilPapers since 2009.  The archive service has been widely used, but we have found that some philosophers are unaware of it because of its location within PhilPapers.  We anticipate that the new PhilArchive website will significantly increase awareness and use of the service.  It will also help to logically separate PhilPapers open access content (which is completely free to all) from its indexing service (for which we ask universities to pay a fee).

At launch, PhilArchive includes the 27,000 works already in the PhilPapers archive, making it by far the largest open access archive in philosophy.  PhilPapers and PhilArchive will remain tightly integrated, with all archived papers on one service automatically appearing on the other service ... (read more)

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new look for PhilPapers. We have a new logo and a new design to go with it. The new design is more functional and more mobile-friendly.

Our new logo is the winning submission to last year's PhilPapers logo design contest. The winners are Andrea Andrews and Meghan Driscoll from Florida (a link to their web pages has been added to the footer of the site for those who might be interested in working with them). We received about 300 submissions to the contest, many of which were excellent and very professional. The PhilPapers board chose finalists and then polled hundreds of people to choose the winner. We had to select just one design, but we would like to thank all the participants for their excellent contributions. We're lucky to have such a supportive community for this service.

In the weeks and months to come we will be announcing a number of exciting new services. We look forward to sharing these with you.

Or should I say Goliath Chalmers? Why did you choose such a last name for your alias?  Did you may be feel like grabbing' m by the...? 

[to the reader: if you get this post, you'd better immediately save it. It wouldn't surprise me if it got deleted.]

The recently updated/started pages no longer seem to update.
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A thread of mine is being spammed by Pieter, and after one response from him all I get are posts in my thread The Logic of Physics: Some Problematic Concepts which have nothing to do with said thread. The people responsible at Philpapers apparently do not care about this thread pollution. In fact I know of an illustrious person who he is probably very happy of such a system glitch. If glitch it is. I won't be the first time I have been the object of such bully practices. As you all know three of my threads have been deleted already, and I won't mention numerous other incidents that hinder me as a user of this forum. You would expect the people responsible for this forum to simply ban me if they consider me an undesirable member. Somehow they do not have the balls. So, what of it, Goliath? Do you want to fight it out in the open, of will you stick to your sneaky tricks?
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I worry that I may have missed something and my apologies if so, but I can find no global category for my writings. The topic is usually nonduality, either directly or as the general context, yet there is no category for this. I do not wish to use the 'Idealism' category since it is not a mind-only theory, nor 'Monism' since it is not a reduction to a numerical one. 

Nondualism is an ancient and firmly-established position that should be distinguished from most forms of Idealism and Monism. Yet there is nowhere to place essays on this topic. At present I am forced to use 'Metaphysics. Misc.', which makes little sense given the respectability, importance and global popularity of my view.  

The absence of such a category means that writing cannot be collected together and browsed under a common heading and cannot be searched for by those who wish to familiarise themselves with this view.

It also suggests that there is a blind-spot in the approach to philosophy being adopted here. I can und ... (read more)
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me: you know I'm not... I do not...
You: so what? Don't you like gifts?
me: of course I do. But that is not...
You: what do I care why you do it? Catholics and protestants butchered each other for centuries. But not on Christmas. Isn't that great?
George: just like a truce during the Ramadan
You: don't kill your neighbor on the Sabbath.
George: don't forget Buddha.
You: Yeah! Meditate, don't make war!
George: that is also the best protection you can have against crazies. People of all religions at each other's celebrations. 
You: And more gifts for the children.
George: Shops will love it, so you don't have to worry about publicity!
You (laughing): they will have no trouble convincing all parents they must buy gifts for the Ashura. (adding hurriedly) Not the bloody version, the one for the kids.
me: I admit, it is a very nice Christmas thought.
You: so what if it is naive and won't solve anything immediately?
George: absolutely. Things take time, and the longer you wait to start, the longer it takes.
m ... (read more)

Editors of The Acorn request addition of an area under the Philosophical Traditions cluster. The area would be named "Peace and Nonviolence."

Such an area would facilitate adding figures such as Gandhi, King, Chavez, and Jane Addams, who currently have no listings in the PhilPapers categorization. There are also important peace theorists such as Galtung and Gene Sharp whose work would be suitably included in this area.

Philosophical reflections on such figures make up a large and growing body of study, involving conceptual terms such as nonviolence, positive peace, or satyagraha -- terms which are not yet listed as PhilPapers categories.

Nonviolence currently has no taxonomy. Peace is listed, but only under Kant.

A few related terms do appear already:

-Pacifism appears under War;
-Civil Disobedience appears under Social and Political, States and Nations.
-Race and Civil Rights appears under Gender, Race, and Sexuality.

These categories could appear as cross-classified hyperlinks under &q ... (read more)
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How do an release a "Call for Papers"? Do I put it up on my PhilPapers page as an article or is there a place where many others can see my call for papers?

Special Issue of the Journal of Consciousness Exploration&Research (JCER)

"Theories of Consciousness and Death:
Does Consciousness End, Continue, Awaken, or Transform
When the Body Dies?"

I am asking for submissions that outline a particular theory of consciousness and explore its conclusions, implications or possibilities when body and brain physically die. Are there alternatives? This is of course asking for speculation soundly based within the theory you choose, but from here in life one should be able to extrapolate, make educated guesses, or imagine the potentials implied by the theory. Obviously, for materialists who embrace brain-created consciousness, consciousness dies with the brain. For the existentialists, death ends all. But there are other ontologies such as neutral monism or panpsychism, or the ideas o ... (read more)
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The PhilPapers Foundation is announcing a design contest open to the public. Participants are invited to submit designs for a new logo and header for The Foundation is offering a prize of CA$4000 for the winning design. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016. For more details, see this page.

Due to a server problem, I ended up creating duplicate entries of an article. I've been marking the duplications but they've not been merged. How often are duplication checks and merges made?
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I have several unpublished papers on Philpapers. I am told that:
  • This paper is flagged as a manuscript, but not a draft. Is it really a manuscript you don't intend to publish?
They are actually finished papers that I don't intend to publish. But when I look at the pull-down list for Publication Status I can't see a suitable option. What should I do?

Howard Simmons
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Usually clicking on an essay title takes one to the archived text, but I have one essay for which clicking in the title takes the reader directly to my blog. I'd rather they were not ambushed in this way but cannot see how to change the setting. Is this something I've done when uploading the essay? Can it be changed?   
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I have noted this problem before. I can't stop the bot from mistakenly updating the book in this entry to Journal of Philosophy. I've changed it back too many times now...
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This bug is probably known, but I don't see a discussion of it, so here it is again (hopefully helpfully). In its current incarnation, PhilPapers indexes works in any language, including works written wholly or partially in non-Latin Unicode subsets, and it seems to have been true for some time that even for articles in English, PhilPapers accepts titles and abstracts that include non-Latin-subset strings. For instance, Stanley Rosen's "ΣΩΦΡΟΣYΝΗ and Selbstbewusstsein" is indexed (though misspelled, probably by OCR - the record has now been corrected.)) This flexibility is awesome for at least two reasons: it helps to nudge the profession farther from Anglocentrism, and it lets researchers who include, e.g., Ancient Greek in their titles and abstracts have these indexed without distortion.

However, it looks as if the search function may not have kept pace with the indexing function when it comes to non-Latin-Unicode-subset strings. Thus, while we know that the aforementioned Rosen arti ... (read more)

I think I know the answer to this but I want to check.
The bibtex records exported by PhilPapers have an ID in the following format: the author(s) surnames + a year + a hyphen + an alphanumeric unique identifier. The identifier can be added to the end of `` to give a URL for the entry.

Could the ID contain anything other than alphanumeric characters? I'm writing a script that extracts the IDs to create a PhilPapers ID field in bibtex records that can be rendered as a link to the entry, and I want to make sure my regex works.
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