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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.

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.

The merger of Philosophy Research Index into PhilPapers has now been completed. More than half a million items have been added to the PhilPapers index, greatly improving our coverage of older publications and print publications not available online. At 1.75M items, our index is now three times the size of the nearest commercial alternative. We thank our colleagues at the Philosophy Documentation Center for their ceaseless efforts to collect relevant data.

We have also implemented new automatic classification mechanisms. Approximately 2/3 of all index entries (1.1M) now have some classification information associated with them. About half of the new entries from PRI have been automatically categorized. These results are now going through a process of manual curation by subject editors, to double-check categorization choices and more finely assign subject descriptors to published works. 

The categorization of all listings in this growing database remains a work in progress. But with over on ... (read more)

The PhilPapers Foundation and the Philosophy Documentation Center will be joining forces to bring the best possible research index to the community of philosophers. 

The Philosophy Documentation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable access to essential resources in the humanities and social sciences. PDC supports scholarly work in many fields with customized publishing and membership services, digitization solutions, and secure hosting. PDC produces Philosophy Research Index, a database of bibliographic information on articles, books, reviews, dissertations, and other documents in philosophy comprising over 1.3M entries. Philosophy Research Index is currently the largest research index in philosophy, with more entries than PhilPapers (1.1M entries) and Philosophers' Index (540,000 entries) 

The agreement between PDC and the PhilPapers Foundation has two main components: First, the Philosophy Research Index database will be incorporated as part of PhilPapers ... (read more)

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)

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)

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)

The new PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers (found at 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:

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)

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)

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).

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)

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. 

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.

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)

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)

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