Review Of "The Internet Encyclopedia Of Philosophy"

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The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by James Fieser (Univ. of Tennessee, Martin), is very much under construction. Most entries have been compiled from a variety of Internet sources by Fieser himself, and are generally brief and suitable for undergraduates. Professional and dissertation level philosophers are encouraged to submit entries to Fieser. Some entries are excellent. Because of narrow editorial control, however, only time will tell if the quality of articles remains high. The Web site is clearly laid out and accessible using any browser. Articles can be searched either alphabetically or via keyword. Most users will be those beginning their study of philosophy, though some articles on 20th-century topics are far more advanced: e.g., those on "Time," "Moral Luck," and Searle's "Chinese Room Argument." Although also just getting underway, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://plato.stanford.edu (CH, Sup'99) promises more, including frequent updates and a much broader editorial staff. Advised by Stanford's philosophy department, distinguished philosophers in various fields will serve as subject editors, soliciting articles on various philosophers and topics. Because both are still in their infancy, it is too early to tell how useful they will eventually become. Check back often.


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