This is a concise guide to technical terms and personal names often encountered in the study of philosophy. Although the entries are often brief, many include links to electronic texts and to more detailed discussions on this site or in other on-line resources.
EpistemeLinks: For Philosophy Resources on the Internet
EpistemeLinks.com includes thousands of sorted links to philosophy resources on the internet as well as a free newsletter. The major divisions are philosophers and topics. The site also provides extensive links to electronic versions of philosophical works.
This is a comprehensive yet concise site for explanations and examples of common false arguments. Navigate by category and follow links between connected fallacies. Includes a translation of Latin terms for fallacies into English. Learn the definition of a logical fallacy.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be either browsed or searched for material on the lives or work of individual philosophers. It provides an excellent overview of the subject and promises to improve with time.
The Voice of the Shuttle
This section of The Voice of the Shuttle is a lengthy and varied list of philosophical resources. While there are some excellent entries, a number are in foreign languages and there is considerable repetition in the organization scheme. For the college student or professor, however, there are some sources here that are worth noting.
History of Philosophy
A large collection of online essays and web resources. Essay topics include Camus, institutional suicide of Chinese Buddhism, and Ayn Rand. The encyclopedia of web resources covers the following areas of Western philosophy: Ancient Greek, Hellenistic, Late Antiquity, Mediaeval, and Modern. The encyclopedia covers the following areas of Eastern Philosophy: Indian, Chinese, and Buddhist.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The SEP was designed from its inception (September 1995) as a dynamic reference work. In a dynamic reference work, each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. The site is unusually accessible.
The Philosophy Research Base
The Philosophy Research Base is categorized by history, subject and author. Integrating text resources with the best online resources, this study guide attempts to aid both academic and general interest in all philosophical genres and their related fields. Provides links to online resources as well as reviews of print resources. Featured subjects include: American Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Ecofeminism, Ecological Philosophy, Queer Theory, Music Theory, Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, 19th Century Philosophy, 20th Century Philosophy, Critical Theory, Ethnomusicology, and Political Theory. Some parts of the site are not easily accessible, but those that are are excellent.
This site contains an extensive catalogue of links to sites about Continental Philosophy. It emphasizes 19th and 20th Century schools of thought such as Critical Theory, Existentialism, Psychoanalysis, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Cultural Theory, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, and etc. Links are organized both by school and by individual author. The site also contains links to journals relevant to Continental Philosophy.
People with online papers in philosophy
This is a list of individuals who have made available online papers in philosophy and related areas. The list concentrates mostly on academic philosophers, although some scientists and others in related fields are included. Topics include: cognitive science, perception, language, linguistics, truth, artificial intelligence, and more.
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
Although this site has not been updated since 2003, it represents eight years of work and is an excellent, well-organized, and accessible source. Here you will find links to bibliographies, dictionaries, e-texts, journals, mailing lists, news groups, philosophers, quotations, and topics in philosophy. To locate online books or essays in philosophy, you should visit
Noesis: Philosophical Research On-line
which is affiliated with The Indiana Philosophy Ontology Project. Searchable. The IPOP has also launched a beta version of its
which is a web-based service that provides a simple navigation scheme for investigating related philosophical concepts, and provides an easy single-click interface for conducting focused searches on philosophical topics at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Noesis, Google Scholar, and the entire web via Google.
Philosophy Study Guides
Designed for students, you will find links to information on dictionaries, history, study guides, historical time lines, how to read philosophical texts, interpreting electronic texts, as well as advice on writing philosophy, writing research papers, and writing essay exams.
The Philosophical Debates
The author of this site says that it "is intended to be a moderately helpful yet woefully incomplete bibliographic guide to some of the longstanding issues of debate in philosophy. Wherever possible, links have been provided to the topics in the bibliography, and we have always provided brilliant introductory comments and running analysis." Some of the major topics covered include the nature of knowledge, the nature of reality, the relationship between mind and body, the existence of God, and more. Each topic is accompanied with an extensive list of important and accessible texts. Both classic texts as well as contemporary writings are featured.
Website for this weekly philosophy radio program "that questions everything except your intelligence." Hosted by Stanford philosophy professors, the show applies philosophic thought to everyday topics and issues such as baseball, happiness, and terrorism. Features upcoming topics and where to listen, show podcast, and blog. Audio programs of past shows are archived back to 2004.
This timeline of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's life covers his youth and student years in Germany, his time in Basel, Switzerland, "years of wandering," and "years of insanity," through his death in 1900. Sidebars and images of texts are included in some sections. Also includes a bibliography. From a scholar at Dartmouth College.
Nietzsche Research Guide
Research guide for the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who "has been read in vastly different and contradictory ways. He has been appropriated by both the right and the left; read as a fascist and a socialist, a conservative and a revolutionary, a religious thinker and an atheist." The annotated bibliography covers letters, bibliographies, concordance, biographies, specific theories and works, and much more. From the New York Public Library.
Virtual Mentor: American Medical Association Journal of Ethics
Articles from this American Medical Association (AMA) publication cover issues related to medical ethics that "students, residents and other physicians are likely to confront in their training and daily practice." Topics include "access to care, quality-of-life considerations in clinical decision making, public roles of physicians, ethical issues in endocrinology, [and] conflict of values in the clinic." Archives go back to 1999.
Death and Dying
"Artists, humanists, and medical professionals discuss what it means to die in America in the 21st century." Contains transcripts and video of excerpts from a 2000 U.C. Berkeley institute designed to "work toward the conceptualization of new forms of empathy towards those who face imminent death" by sharing perceptions of death across disciplines. Includes links to related sites.
Bibliographies on South Asian Topics
Collection of links to bibliographies about South Asia in general and countries in South Asia. Of special interest are the links to the religions of the area, including
Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophy
Religion in South Asia
Islam in India Bibliography
From Columbia University Libraries.
Religion and Faith
"Religion can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs." Information on the world's major systems of religious thought from atheism to zoroastrianism. Especially accessible.
U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey
"Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions. This Pew Forum site presents the findings of this survey entitled: U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey."
This site provides 100 versions of the Bible in 50 languages. Search by word, phrase, or topic. Advertising makes the site less screen-reader friendly than in the past, but it is still quite accessible.
This web journal "is a daily review of religion in the news and the news about religion. The site is not so much nonpartisan as polypartisan -- interested in all sides, disdainful of dualistic arguments, and enamored of free speech as a first principle. The authors publish and link to work by people of all persuasions, religious, political, sexual, and critical." Archives go back to 2003. Associated with the New York University (NYU) Center for Religion and Media.
Religion in American Culture
"Based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans age 18 and older, this extensive survey . . . [released in February 2008] details the religious affiliation of the American public" and "finds that religious affiliation . . . is both very diverse and extremely fluid." Includes information on religious questions (abortion, church-state law, the death penalty, education, gay marriage and homosexuality, politics and elections, science and bio-ethics, and social welfare); beliefs and practices (belief in God, frequency of prayer, importance of religion, religious attendance, and other beliefs and practices); and religious groups, religious affiliations in each state, and demographic characteristics. From the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
In Our Time: Philosophy Resource
Collection of materials about philosophy, expanded from a 2005 vote for the "greatest philosopher." Features a philosopher timeline, a quiz, and audio and text about the nominated philosophers, who include St. Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, Jean-Paul Sartre, Socrates, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and several others. Contains a text only version. From the website for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) program "In Our Time."
CBC News Indepth:Islam
Collection of background articles and FAQs on Islam, covering questions about the history of Islam, Ramadan, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca known as hajj, the Sunni and Shia belief groups, Wahhabi Islam, the fatwa ("an opinion delivered by a learned scholar versed in Koran and Hadith, or the sayings and practices of the Prophet Muhammad, on a specific issue"), and related concepts and topics. From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Encyclopedia of Religion and Society: Conversion
This essay explores research trends for the topic of religious conversion. Discusses approaches to conversion and the "world-saver" model of conversion and recruitment by religious groups. Includes references. From the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
Finding My Religion: What's It All About?
Ongoing series of interviews with people "from a cross-section of religious and cultural backgrounds to discuss their views on God, prayer, the afterlife and other topics." Some of the individuals interviewed include religious scholars, philosophers, monks, authors, artists, and people who have converted to a new faith or found religion for the first time. From the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Partisans of Ali: A History of Shia Faith and Politics
This five-part series looks "at the origins of the Sunni-Shia split in Islam, the religious and historical differences, how Iran became Shiite, and how conflicts involving Shiism have made an impact beyond the Middle East." Discusses origins, key individuals, and related topics. Includes a chronology, map, and bibliography. From National Public Radio (NPR).
What Is Ashura?
Provides an explanation of the "day of Ashura [which] is marked by Muslims as a whole, but for Shia Muslims it is a major religious festival which commemorates the martyrdom at Karbala of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. It falls on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar." Includes links to related articles about Shia Muslims. From BBC News.
Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett: religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas
"'Speak ing of Faith,' hosted by Krista Tippett, is public radio's weekly conversation about religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas. . . . [It] does not always have 'religion' itself as a subject. Week after week, it grapples with themes of American life -- asking how perspectives of faith might distinctively inform and illuminate our public reflection." Archive goes back to 2001. Listen online or download podcasts. RSS feed available. From American Public Media.
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