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PhilPapers bibliographies
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, Hegel, Brentano, Husserl, Nietzsche, Carnap, and Derrida. Systems for many more figures are on their way.  We have built up a similar sort of substructure for some non-historical categories, including Feminist Philosophy and Experimental Philosophy. Thanks to the editors of all these categories for the terrific work they've done here.  Other editors are encouraged to follow their example!  Volunteers to edit and build up unedited historical categories will also be welcome. You can apply to edit an unedited category on the page for that category.

Third, we have introduced a number of tools to make an editor's jobs easier.  We have allowed editors to appoint assistant editors, a number of whom are already in place.  We have added automatic translation tools to handle entries in other languages.  We will soon be overhauling the editors' interface in order to make editors' workflow easier and more intuitive. 

We are grateful to the many PhilPapers editors for everything they've done to make PhilPapers such a useful resource.  We also encourage qualified PhilPapers users (roughly: PhDs with expertise in the area for area or middle categories, PhDs or graduate students for leaf categories) to consider becoming an editor.

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