Our Projects

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index of the literature in philosophy. It uses state-of-the-art technology to monitor all online sources of research content in the discipline, including journals, books, personal pages, and open access archives. Its index currently includes over 1.7M books and articles.

The contents of PhilPapers' index are curated and organised by volunteer editors. Over six hundred academics currently curate approximately five thousand topics on PhilPapers.

PhilPapers has approximately 100,000 registered users and attracts over one million visitors per month.

PhilPeople is a database of professional philosophers and philosophy departments, and a social platform for keeping up to date with with developments in the profession.

The key features of PhilPeople include:

  • A powerful search engine for searching PhilPeople's database of philosophers based on topics, location, demographics, and other criteria. This will enable conference organizers, researchers, and others to search for philosophers meeting various criteria.
  • A comprehensive directory of departments offering an array of department-wide statistics.
  • Personalized profiles for every philosopher, including customizable publication lists and graphical elements.
  • The news feed, a social networking system that allows you to follow the publications, appointments, updates, paper recommendations, blog posts, and other activities of philosophers.
  • The radar, a tool to discover people traveling near you, and for announcing your own travels.
  • A discussion sessions feature allowing you to share a paper for discussion among as many or as few people as you want, with extensive on-screen commenting and group discussion features.
PhilEvents is a calendar of academic events and calls for papers in philosophy around the world. PhilEvents enables academics to monitor upcoming events based on combinations of geographic and thematic criteria. PhilEvent was launched in November 2011. Its development has been funded in part by a JISC grant under the Geospatial Programme and the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

xEvents is a free hosted service to make sites like PhilEvents (PhilEvents runs on xEvents).

We maintain xEvents in collaboration with the School of Advanced Study, University of London. See also the xEvents development blog. The development of xEvents has been funded by a JISC grant under the Geospatial Programme.
PhilJobs:JFP is a comprehensive, international database of jobs in philosophy that was born out of the merger of PhilJobs (a project of the PhilPapers Foundation) and the American Philosophical Association's Jobs for Philosophers. With our partners at the Institute of Philosophy, we maintain PhilJobs:JFP on behalf of the Foundation and the APA.

In progress:

PhilSurvey (a.k.a. PhilNet), a project currently in the planning phase, will provide a comprehensive census of the professional opinions of philosophers on all key questions in the field. In 2009, the PhilPapers team ran a survey of the opinions of philosophers on thirty central questions in philosophy (see Bourget & Chalmers, forthcoming). They also surveyed the predictions of philosophers regarding the outcome of this survey. They found large discrepancies between the results of the survey and participants' predictions, highlighting the need for a better understanding of the state of the art in philosophy. PhilSurvey will address the need for a better understanding of current positions in philosophy. It will help focus research resources on critical questions in the field.


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