Philosophy in General

General Philosophy Rescources

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  • David Chalmers maintains this fairly comprehensive list of philosophy blogs.


  • The BBC's A History of Ideas programme contains dozens (currently 48) of clips explaining various philosophical theories and concepts
  • The Carneades website has interesting videos on both science and philosophy



  • The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) is an indispensable resource. Each entry is written and maintained by an expert in the field. Its articles are often technical, being written more for professional philosophers than for laypeople or undergraduates.
  • The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) is also excellent. Like the SEP, its entries are peer reviewed and written by leading authorities. Its articles are generally more accessible than those of the SEP.
  • The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online is another very good resource but you need to belong to an institution with a subscription to get in.
  • The Encyclopaedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory is another option for Philosophers of Education.
  • A tip for budding philosophers.Wikipedia's articles are crowd-sourced, not written by experts, and so you should double-check what they say. If you are a student writing a paper then you shouldn't cite Wikipedia articles in your bibliography. Use other, more authoritative sources instead. That said, Wikipedia can be great when you are trying to get a quick feel for a topic about which you know nothing.


  • A tip for budding philosophers. Never rely on a regular English dictionary to find the meaning of a philosophical term of art. Philosophers often invest words with specialised meanings, so use a philosophy dictionary instead. There are many good philosophy dictionaries (Penguin, Oxford, etc..) in the bookshops. Unfortunately as yet there are no comprehensive online philosophy dictionaries.
  • That said, this dictionary (a one-man effort by Garth Kemerling) isn't too bad.
  • This philosophy dictionary is also useful (although it isn't too up to date, being the online version of a book published in 1942!)


  • PhilPapers is an indispensable index of philosophical works, many of which it houses in a huge open access archive (the biggest open access philosophy archive in the world).
  • Noesis is a search engine for open access, academic philosophy on the Internet. Very useful!


Open Access Books

  • Project Gutenburg has huge repository of free ebooks (including virtually any major work of philosophy that is out of copyright).
  • EarlyModernTexts.com is an open access repository of many works of early modern philosophy that have been translated by the philosopher Jonathan Bennett into readily intelligible modern English. As he puts it "My versions are faithful to the content of the originals, but are plainer and more straightforward in manner."
  • The Directory of open Access Books may also be worth a look.


  • The Postmodern Generator creates completely meaningless essays written in a pomo style at the touch of a button.
  • Monty Python paid philosophy the ultimate compliment by mocking philosophers in several cruel skits. (Australian philosophers are particularly honoured.)
  • A similar high compliment was paid philosophy by Douglas Adams in the following bit of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (The number 42 is immortalised into the bargain.)
  • A little-known fact about Hitler is how upset he got about Gödel's incompleteness results:
  • Scott Alexander's Philosophy Roleplaying-musical campaign Fermat's Last Stand (and it's predecessor), based on his implementation of Dungeons and Discourse, featuring songs like 'Philosopher Kripke' and 'On The Question Of Whether Theological Disputations May Be Set To Music', starring Kripke, Aquinas, Dennett, Pascal, Nietzsche, King Jeremy Bentham, Prince John Stuart, Captain Pierre Simone de Laplace and many more.