Philosophy Resources

As a student in philosophy, at times I found it difficult to locate resources online concerning everything from publishing opportunities, philosophy blogs, calls for papers, and information on graduate programs without digging around in many, many places. To that end, I thought I would begin a page that includes much of this information, and add to it as I discover new resources. If you’ve found a resource that is not listed here, please e-mail me or post a comment and I will add it to the page when appropriate.

Philosophy Blogs

As evidenced by David Chalmers’ blog list, there are far more philosophy blogs than I had expected. Rather than hijack Chalmers’ list (or other great lists for that matter) I will instead provide a directory of sorts to other compendiums or blogrolls. Because of this, some blogs may be repeated or appear on multiple, if not all, lists. For an idea of some the philosophy weblogs I read regularly, see my RSS feed list on the right side of the page.

David Chalmers’ Blog List – Divided loosely by focus and scope, this is an incredibly detailed list of blogs. One note is that “top” blogs are not differentiated from blogs with a smaller readership (which may be a good thing, in some respects.)

Florida Student Philosophy Blog List – A shorter list than Chalmers’, there is still a fair amount of diversity to be found. Those new to philosophy blogs may find this list more accessible and less overwhelming.

The Philosophers’ Carnival – As the name indicates, this is a philosophy-themed blog carnival. Each month a different blog hosts the carnival and highlights new and interesting posts from around the web, with an emphasis on accessible but lesser-known blogs. Philosophy & Polity and the Florida Student Philosophy Blog, have hosted the carnival in the past. This is a good way to learn about new blogs in philosophy.

3QuarksDaily – 3QD is an aggregator, and curates content from around the web. On Mondays, only original content from the writers/contributors at 3QD is featured. While not strictly a philosophy blog, 3QD often highlights blog posts or “trending” themes in philosophy. There is also a yearly award ceremony of sorts where philosophy posts are awarded cash prizes and a coveted “badge” to include on their blog/post. Here is an example of the 2011 3QuarksDaily Philosophy Awards.

Leiter Reports – Operated by Brian Leiter, the Leiter Reports focuses far more on highlighting events and news in the world of philosophy and law than advancing particular philosophical theories.  Something to consider is that Leiter’s posts have a definite editorial flair on some occasions. Nevertheless, I know of no other resource as thorough as Leiter Reports for keeping up with the world of philosophy.

Graduate School Resources

The Philosophical Gourmet – An invaluable tool for those interested in applying for graduate programs in philosophy. This is the unofficial official ranking of PhD programs in philosophy, and provides no shortage of advice for applicants, down to information on MAs and a sober look at the realities of graduate school and beyond. I cannot recommend this resource highly enough.

Leiter Reports: The Philosophical Gourmet – This is a collection of Leiter’s posts concerning the Philosophical Gourmet and graduate studies in general, and is separate from the rankings themselves. Posts include addendums to the rankings, and more generally information and advice for graduate students. Updated frequently, so I suggest subscribing to the RSS feed to stay in on the loop.

The Splintered Mind: Applying to Graduate School – Eric Schwitzgebel’s blog The Splintered Mind has a running section on advice for grad applicants. He covers everything from whether one should actually consider applying all the way to tuning up statements of purpose, strategies in applying, etc. The link here is to the “underblog” but I would suggest checking out the actual posts, as the comment section has a lot of information. It looks like Schwitzgebel regularly answers questions from posters. Also keep in mind that this is exactly what it says it is – advice from one perspective.

TheGradCafe – An established message board, GradCafe  is not philosophy-specific, although there does appear to be a philosophy section. This, paired with the results search, allows applicants to get an (albeit skewed) view of who is hearing back from programs, etc. The more general sections also offer discussions on everything from what it is like to live in specific cities all the way to how TAships work, what one should bring to graduate school, etc. Unlike other resources listed here, it would seem that most, if not all, posts are from students either applying or who are currently at graduate school, so take advice and information with the appropriate skepticism.

PhilEvents – A new project from the folks responsible for PhilJobs, PhilEvents provides a pretty comprehensive list of events going on in the area of philosophy, from CFPs to seminars and conferences. You can search using a number of different criteria, making it a good resource for those looking for an excuse to rub elbows with other philosophers or to hopefully present some work.

Undergraduate / Research Resources

This section is a bit of a catch-all at the moment, and includes links to common references and other information, as well as opportunities geared specifically toward undergraduates.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – A respected resource and often an exhaustive introduction to many, many topics. All entries are written by philosophers in that area, and all are edited by either David Chalmers or Daniel Stoljar.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy – Similar to the Stanford Encyclopedia, this is a good resource for getting a good grasp on a wide variety of topics. All entries are peer-reviewed.

Chalmers’ Guide to Philosophy of Mind – An excellent resource for those interested in Philosophy of Mind. Chalmers compiles a number of excellent articles, primers, and other links concerning this area of philosophy. I believe all of these articles are from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, but this format is a little more accessible. Also related is a similar guide to papers in consciousness.

Chalmers’ Guide to Online Papers – As with much of what he touches, this is an invaluable source from David Chalmers for those looking to find articles for research purposes or to read up on publications from faculty at potential graduate programs. Very easy to navigate.

PhilPapers – Similar to Chalmers’ guide (and having absorbed MindPapers), PhilPapers is an online philosophy paper repository. While it does require an account, it is free to sign up and opens up a number of other great features on the website.

AskPhilosophers – A crowd-sourced Q&A website for all questions philosophical. A quick scan of the panelists shows a few big names, Velleman, Nahmias, and Antony to name but a few. I cannot speak to the accuracy of any of the answers or the strength of any of the panelists, but Richard Chappell considers it a good enough resource to link to, so that is enough for me.

Undergraduate Publications and Opportunities

Be sure to investigate any links in this section closely, as undergraduate journals and opportunities have an unfortunate tendency to go dark for years at a time in some cases. It is not uncommon for undergraduate journals, especially those run by students, to become unavailable when leaders graduate or move on. I have tried my best to only include those opportunities that are current as of 3/23/2012, and will update when possible.

Stance: International Undergraduate Journal – Run out of Ball State, Stance is an undergraduate journal that welcomes submissions from international students as well as domestic (U.S.) students. Stance is peer-reviewed by editorial teams at Ball State but also external reviewers. I served on the Assistant Editorial Board for the 2011 round of papers and found it to be very enjoyable as well. I would encourage those with an interest to apply for any external reviewer positions open, as it is a nice experience and something to add to one’s CV. As with almost all of the resources in this section, Stance isfor undergraduates only.

Prometheus – Run out of Johns Hopkins University, Prometheus offers not only an online edition of the journal but a print edition as well. The online journal is bi-weekly, and the print edition is yearly. Prometheus  is a quality publication, both online and in print. One word of caution: in the age of digital permanence, undergrads should be warned that just because the online publication is more frequent or is, well, online, that it still forms a part of one’s corpus of work. As with any journal submission, work closely with your adviser and consider whether your paper argues a position you are comfortable (1) advocating permanently or (2) recanting later should you desire to. As with almost all of the resources in this section, Prometheus is for undergraduates only.

The Dualist – This is Stanford’s undergraduate journal, and has been established for a fairly long time (since 1993). The Dualist will accept papers from graduating seniors, but otherwise is undergraduates only. A plus, they allow submission of up to 3 papers from a single author.

Dialogue – This is Phi Sigma Tau’s (the philosophy honor society) undergraduate journal. The journal appears to be active, publishing in the Fall as well as in the Spring although the most recent edition mentioned is 2010-2011. One need not be a member of Phi Sigma Tau to submit.

Yale Philosophy Review – Likely (temporarily) defunct, as the latest edition posted on the site is 2010, this is Yale’s undergraduate journal. I would advise interested parties to check the site regularly, as these types of endeavors are occasionally resurrected to great success. The site also claims to accept papers from undergraduates “worldwide”, so it might be worth a look for international students.

Prolegomena – Also likely defunct, Prolegomena is an international undergraduate journal out of the University of British Columbia. Prolegomena is strictly an online journal.

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