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July 8, 2009

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This is the homepage of the Richmond Journal of Philosophy (RJP). Launched in 2002, the journal is published by the Philosophy Department of Richmond-upon-Thames College. It features works by professional philosophers and graduate students on a wide range of philosophical topics. This homepage provides access to past and current issues of the journal. Articles published to date include: 'Kant's normative ethics'; 'Can we trust our emotions?'; 'On free will'; 'Plato and the institution of philosophy'; 'On scientific realism'; 'Individualism in the social sciences'; and 'A defence of internal reasons'. The website also provides information about the journal's editorial board and its submission policy.
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This is the homepage of a research network project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The initiative is based in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences (HLSS) of the University of the West of England (UWE) and is led by Dr Havi Carel. It aims to undertake an interdisciplinary exploration of the concepts of health, illness and disease. This website contains background information about the project itself; details about the events they organise (e.g. workshops; conferences and public debates) during the project's lifespan from January 2009 to January 2011; and additional material related to the project (e.g. an annotated reading guide and powerpoint slides).

July 7, 2009

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Neuroethics.ca is a website created by the Neuroethics New Emerging Team (NET) which is based at Dalhousie University, Canada. Launched in 2003, the NET aims to undertake an inter-disciplinary study of, and disseminate their findings on, the ethical issues posed by advances in neuroscience technology. It is led by Dr Jocelyn Downie and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. This website gives: background information about the field of Neuroethics and the NET's main objectives; summaries of the research projects undertaken by them; news of upcoming events; a list of their publications including access to a number of articles; and access to template texts and information booklets.
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Novel Tech Ethics is an initiative based at Dalhousie University, Canada. It focuses on the ethical issues posed by novel technologies (e.g. neural, reproductive and genetic technologies) and engages in research, knowledge transfer and public education. This website informs visitors about their research projects; symposia, workshops and conferences; training and grant opportunities; job vacancies; and awards, scholarships and fellowships. Access is given to a number of resources including scholarly articles; public reports; newsletters; and information about recent news and events. Annotated links are provided to the homepages of relevant organizations; podcasts; blogs; and other web resources. A search engine is available.
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The Saint Anselm Journal is a refereed online journal that publishes original articles, discussion papers, and book reviews that examine the life, thought, teachings, and influence of the Medieval Christian philosopher and theologian Saint Anselm of Canterbury. The journal is published by the Institute for Saint Anselm Studies, an academic research centre based at Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire, and it is intended to further the aim of the institute, which is to bring Saint Anselm into living contact with the culture of the 21st century. Many of its articles first appeared in colloquia or conferences hosted or sponsored by the institute. The journal was first published in Autumn 2003, and since 2005 it has appeared biannually, in spring and autumn. Current and previous editions are freely available without subscription as PDF files, and require Adobe Acrobat Reader software to be viewed. The site, which is simply designed and easy to navigate, contains information on journal editorial policy and submissions, and an index of authors published by the journal.
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The personal website of Simon Blackburn, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, consists of a number of full text articles, teaching materials, a bibliography, and a brief biography. Of the teaching materials, the lengthy discussion notes from Blackburn's lecture courses on Hume's moral philosophy and his Dialogues on Natural Religion will be of particular interest to students. The full text articles, many of which are unpublished, include papers covering topics in: analytic philosophy; ethics; religion; and quasi-realism. Some of these require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Also available, as HTML files, are previously published reviews of books by, or on, a number of major figures of modern thought, including: Eco; Dawkins; Kant; Nussbaum; Polkinghorne; and Rorty. Links are provided to descriptions of, and in some cases excerpts from, a selection of Blackburn's own books, although at time of cataloguing some of these links are inactive.

July 6, 2009

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The Journal of Ethics in Mental Health (JEMH) is an online peer-reviewed international publication dedicated to ethical issues connected to mental health. It is published twice a year and is edited by Ronald Ballantyne. All contents, which include articles, case studies and personal narratives, are available without charge from this homepage. Articles featured to date include: 'A critical reflection on utilitarianism as the basis for psychiatric ethics'; 'By what means? Conflicts of interest in professional ethics'; 'Ethical issues and tagging in dementia'; and 'Locked in syndrome, PVS and ethics at the end of life'. The site also contains information about the journal's submission policy and annotated links to relevant journals. The journal also organises a conference on 'Ethics in Mental Health' every two years. Visitors can access the audio recordings of the papers presented at these conferences.
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This is the homepage of the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health (Scattergood Ethics) which is based at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics. The program, which was launched in June 2007, is funded by the Scattergood Foundation and the Dean's Office of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. This website informs visitors about their research, education, and training activities. It allows access to a number of resources like annual reports and press releases; commentary on a range of topics relevant to behavioral and mental health ethics; recent news and events on these areas; the audio and video recordings of talks and interviews; and annotated links to the homepages of relevant journals and organizations. A search engine is available.

July 3, 2009

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The website of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) provides information about this organisation, which exists to promote research, teaching, and discussion of issues in the philosophy of science. The Association was founded in 1934, and holds a major conference every two years, details of which are given on the website. The site also offers: membership information; notices about opportunities in the field for graduate students; announcements; and details of the PSA Women's Caucus. Additionally, there are sections devoted to two PSA publications: an electronic archive of PSA newsletters going back to 1995, and the editorial pages of Philosophy of Science, the official journal of the PSA.
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The PhilPapers website offers a freely accessible extensive directory of philosophy articles and books. At time of writing, the database had over 190,000 entries, and was steadily growing. The vast majority of the articles listed are available online, as are a smaller proportion of the books. PhilPapers differs from some other bibliographic databases in that in addition to indexing the contents of almost 200 philosophy journals and thousands of books, it also includes entries for works made available via philosophers' own home pages or online archives. The database can be browsed by category or searched (although the search function is a little idiosyncratic), and users have the option of limiting their searches to show only works which are available online free of charge. The site aims to be comprehensive, but is still a comparatively young venture (launched early in 2009), and coverage of more recent material is currently better than that of older publications. Users are invited to contribute (this requires free registration) by submitting new entries, categorising articles, or uploading bibliographies. The site also hosts a collection of philosophical discussion forums. Although still in development, this is a valuable resource for philosophers. PhilPapers receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of their Information Environment Programme.
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Reading for Philosophical Inquiry is a useful online open source introductory philosophy textbook from Lander University. The book consists of a selection of excerpts from important works of philosophy, accompanied by an introduction and study notes. The work begins by discussing the nature of philosophy, and moves on to consider philosophy of religion, ethics, and metaphysics and epistemology. Featured authors include: Plato; Aquinas; Hume; Kant; Nietzsche; Mill; Bertrand Russell; and William James. Each section is available in three formats: HTML; PDF; and MP3 files created using speech synthesis software. The book is made available for use under a GDFL licence, full details of which are given on the site, and forms part of a wider collection of introductory philosophy resources on the Lander University website.
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The website of the International Association for Scottish Philosophy provides information about this organisation, which exists to facilitate and encourage study of the Scottish philosophical tradition. The Association does not organise its own events, but instead promotes conferences and other societies which may be of interest to those with an interest in this area: lists of relevant events and bodies and available on the site. Details of how to join the Association (which is free) are also provided. Additionally, the website offers a historical survey of Scottish philosophy, plus short articles about major Scottish philosophers (including David Hume, Thomas Reid, and Adam Smith) and about the impact of Scottish philosophy around the world. The site also gives information about the Journal of Scottish Philosophy, including an opportunity to read and participate in online discussion of a featured article.
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Inter-Disciplinary.Net's Persons hub is an online resource for exploring what it means to be a person, and how persons stand in relation to one another. The hub is home to a number of discrete (and quite diverse) projects: Forgiveness; Hope; The Patient; Ethics in Everyday Life; Persons, Intimacy and Love; and Persons and Animals. Project archives are available for each of these (though at time of review some of these were still under construction), plus details of past and forthcoming conferences and other project activities. The projects bring together academics from a range of disciplines, including: metaphysics; social and medical ethics; and philosophy of love and sex.
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Inter-Disciplinary.Net's Transformations hub is an online resource for exploring aspects of human nature that are in flux. The hub is home to a number of discrete (and quite diverse) projects: Ethics and Public Life; Culture, Politics, Aesthetics; Intellectuals, Knowledge, Power; Sexualities; The Erotic; and Good Sex, Bad Sex: Sex Law, Crime, and Ethics. Project archives are available for each of these (though at time of review, in some cases these were still under construction), plus details of past and forthcoming conferences and other project activities. The projects bring together academics from a range of disciplines, including: ethics; political philosophy; philosophy of love and sex; and cultural studies.
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Philosopher's Digest is an online service which offers reviews of current philosophy articles. Its aim is to provide scholars with an easier way to stay abreast of the philosophical literature, while at the same time encouraging (and providing a forum for) discussion. Founded early in 2009, the site has a pool of reviewers who commit to providing three to four reviews a year. The reviews are quite substantial (indeed, at around 700 to 1000 words each, they are longer than many book reviews published in journals), offering a precis of the argument, and sometimes also criticism or response. Other users of the site are encouraged to add their thoughts using the comment function, although at time of review this feature did not appear to be particularly widely used. The site is well presented and easy to navigate: one can search, or browse by journal title or keyword. RSS feeds of the site content are available.

July 2, 2009

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The Worlds of Late Antiquity website is the home page for 'miscellaneous materials relating to the culture of the Mediterranean world', covering the period from 200 to 700 CE. Topics include the life and works of Saint Augustine, Cassiodorus' Variae, Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, Pope Gregory the Great, Junillus/Junilius (quaestor under Justinian c.AD 541-9, who composed the Instituta regularia divinae legis in AD 542), Aelius Donatus (the mid 4th century grammarian who was the teacher of Jerome), and Cosmas Indicopleustes (a 6th century Alexandrian merchant who eventually became a monk, and who wrote the Christian Topography, based on his travels). All of the sections are composed by James O'Donnell of Georgetown University, primarily for a course he taught in 1995 (the exception to the above is the section on Cosmas, which is by Andrew Weisner also of the University of Pennsylvania). The site focuses on particular works by the aforementioned ancient writers, making the texts available on the net. For instance, Gregory the Great's 'Moralia in Iob' consists of the first five volumes of this book of which the first book is available in HTML format with clickable footnotes, while the remaining four are on ASCII format without footnotes. The Christian Topography of Comas is based upon McCrindles' (1887) translation, using Winstedt's (1909) edition of the Greek text. Generously, O'Donnell includes (a complete edition) of his own book on Cassiodorus, written in 1979, which is now out of print.
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Opticon 1826 is an full-text postgraduate ejournal, published from University College London. At July 2009 there are six issues online, freely offering editorials as HTML files and articles as PDF files. Creative work, commentaries, and research notes are also published. There is no statement of scope, but judging by the first six issues the journal mixes literary and film analysis with examinations of the ethics inherent in biomedical technology, third-world development, and the contemporary workplace. Example article titles of interest to those in the humanities include: 'Writing the Unthinkable: Narrative, the Bomb and Nuclear Holocaust'; 'It’s all about the Money? Issues for the Regulation of Genetic Testing'; 'A Spectral Turn around Venice: following in the footsteps of John Ruskin'; 'Monstrosity, Anxiety and the Real: Representations of the Victorian Metropolis in David Lynch's 'The Elephant Man'; 'Scopic Regime and Organised Walking: A Typological Study on the Modern Museum'; and 'Multilingual London and its Literatures', among others. There are details of the editors and Editorial Board, the faculty reviewers, and the submissions process.
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Crítica na rede is an electronic journal in the field of philosophy published only in an electronic format by the Universidade do Ouro Preto in Brazil. It is a monthly publication that covers many areas of philosophy, including the philosophy of science, language, philosophy of the mind, political philosophy and and other areas. Each issue contains a column devoted to book reviews in the above field. Particularly interesting is its blog column, which primarily contains short reviews on books and reflections on them. It also has a section ('hermes') which contains bulletin-board style messages which have some reference to the teaching of philosophy. This online journal is a particularly good example of one that is not derivative of a printed publication, and which takes advantage of the opportunities offered by an eletronic publication. Its immediacy and modernity manages to make an abstract subject appealing to the undergraduate audience with a command of Portuguese.

June 30, 2009

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The North American Sartre Society is dedicated to supporting a comprehensive study of the french philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre. The Society sponsors and organizes a periodic international conference, and publishes the journal, 'Sartre Studies International,' which is available free of charge to members. The Society provides membership information and invites any who are interested in Sartre to join the Society and to submit their work to be considered for conferences and/or the journal. Also provided on the site is the most recent edition of the NASS newsletter and information on past and future conferences.

June 29, 2009

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The Metaphysics of Science is the name of is a major three-year AHRC-funded project based in the UK, exploring how natural and obvious classifications can be fitted into a coherent and unified worldview. The project website has an overview of the project, its staff and researchers, aims and outcomes, and partners (the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, and Nottingham). There are details of five project workshops, most of the papers from a 2007 Birmingham conference titled 'Nature and its Classification: A Metaphysics of Science', and also details of the forthcoming conference 'Metaphysics of Science' to be held in September 2009. The website has many full-text papers, freely available for download as PDF files. These include: 'Natural Kinds: (Thick) Essentialism or Promiscuous Realism?'; 'Ayn Rand on Concepts'; 'Aristotle on the Ontological Basis of Zoological Classification'; and 'Natural kinds, Naturalistic Epistemology and Philosophical Method', among many others.