Public Philosophy Network

Encouraging and Supporting Publicly Engaged Philosophical Research and Practices



Philosophy of Art
A group weblog on philosophy of art and its various relationships to mind, ethics, and culture.

International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture
“Philosophically investigating architecture, building & related subjects…”


Current discussions in Food ethics are featured in the Bioethics blog, which is affiliated with the Rock Ethics Institute. Concerns over the environment, genetic engineering and animal ethics are included in the discussions.

Bioethics Forum
Bioethics Forum, hosted by the Hastings Center Report, publishes thoughtful commentary from a range of perspectives on timely issues in bioethics. The opinions expressed in it are those of the authors and not The Hastings Center.
This weblog is written by the Editors of The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB).

International Network for Ethical Issues in Resource Allocation
The aim of this blog is mainly to provide a portal for the discussion of ethical issues in resource allocation. However further discussions of distributive justice and political theory both in and outside of bioethics are also welcomed. The network is a subsidiary of the International Association of Bioethics.

Neuroethics at the Core
The National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to tackling the ethical, legal, policy and social implications of frontier neurotechnology and neuroscience.

Philosophy and Bioethics
This is the Blog of the International Network for Philosophy and Bioethics and aims to provide a focus point to discuss both philosophy, bioethics and their inter-relation.

Business Ethics

The Business Ethics Blog
“In case the title isn’t clear, this is a blog about business ethics, broadly understood. It features news & commentary about corporate ethics here. If you believe either
a) that corporations have a god-given right to accumulate as much capital as possible without regard for who gets hurt along the way, or
b) that all corporations, and all people who work for them, are inherently evil, you will probably be irritated by this blog.
The blog is written by Chris MacDonald, Ph.D.”

Environmental Ethics

Climate Ethics
Climate Ethics features an ethical analysis on climate science and policy. Posts frequently address current events and the ethical implications of how issues like climate change, clean energy, and distributive justice are addressed. Climate Ethics is housed within the Rock Ethics Institute. For more information on climate ethics, including publications and teaching resources, you can also visit


Certain Doubts
Certain Doubts, a blog devoted to matters epistemic, began on June 9, 2004. The blog was originally sponsored by the University of Missouri when its administrator Jonathan L. Kvanvig was professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department there. It has since moved to Baylor University, being housed there since the fall of 2006. The list of contributors is a who’s who of contemporary epistemology, and any epistemologists who are not on the list should feel free to contact the site administrator if they wish to be a contributor.

Choice and Inference
Choice & Inference provides a platform for dialogue and news within the fields of formal epistemology and decision theory, broadly construed. Topics include (but are not limited to) uncertain and ampliative inference, frequentist statistics and modeling, coherence, paradoxes of belief and action, belief revision, disagreement and consensus, and causal discovery. And the formal tools used to pursue questions within these topics include (but are not limited to) game theory and decision theory, formal learning theory, probability theory and statistics, networks and graphs, and formal logic.


Ethics, Etc.
Ethics Etc is a forum for discussing contemporary philosophical issues in normative ethics, metaethics, moral epistemology, moral psychology, applied ethics, social and political philosophy, law, and other related areas. Its method is analytical, and it encourages the posting of new ideas and arguments that have not been fully worked out.

Practical Ethics
 Practical Ethics is a site where you can find daily ethical analysis of news events from researchers in four centres based at the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford. We focus on current events with practical ethical relevance, including developments in science and technology, environmental policy, public health, and information ethics.


Experimental Philosophy

Experimental Philosophy
“Experimental philosophy, called x-phi for short, is a new philosophical movement that supplements the traditional tools of analytic philosophy with the scientific methods of cognitive science. So experimental philosophers actually go out and run systematic experiments aimed at understanding how people ordinarily think about the issues at the foundation of the philosophical discussion.”


Feminist Philosophers
Feminist philosophy, more than most areas of philosophy, needs to be informed by real-world information and examples. One of our goals is to help feminist philosophers keep up with philosophically relevant facts and examples. Of course, there’s far more than we could ever hope to cover, but at least this is a start. By using ‘categories’, one can easily find useful examples for teaching and research. We’re also hoping that feminists who aren’t philosophers may find some philosophical reflections and references helpful and interesting. And, sometimes, we’ll just post things that are good for a laugh. Because we all need that.

Gender, Race and Philosophy: The Blog
This blog was introduced as a companion to the Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy (SGRP): The SGRP provides opportunities for philosophers and other scholars to discuss current work on race and gender. Through the SGRP, we aim to make feminist philosophy and philosophy of race more visible to academic philosophers and others; to provide a forum for feminists and race theorists to respond rapidly to recent philosophical contributions to their fields; and to provide a forum for sustained and productive conversations between philosophers, feminists and race theorists. The blog provides a context for further discussion of the Symposia and for discussion of related issues. Our goal is to create a community of scholars working on gender and/or race in the context of philosophy.


Knowledge and Experience
A blog about Feminist Theory, Philosophy of Science and Environmental Philosophy

What is it like to be a woman in philosophy?
This blog is devoted to short observations (generally fewer than 300 words) sent in by readers, about life as a woman in philosophy. Some of these will undoubtedly be tales of the sexism, conscious and unconscious, that remains. But we hope that others will be tales of ways that improvements have been (or are being) made. Many will be written by women in philosophy. But we hope that not all will be– for others in philosophy also know some important things relevant to what it’s like to be a woman in philosophy. They know, for example, what men in philosophy say to each other when the women aren’t there.

What We’re Doing about What it’s Like
This blog is a sister-blog to What is it Like to Be a Woman in Philosophy?.  (Both are initiatives of the Women in Philosophy Task Force.)  It’s devoted exclusively to discussions– anonymous or not– of what individuals and institutions are doing in response to problems for women in philosophy. This is not a place to raise concerns about whether there are any problems for women in philosophy at all… This is a place for people who agree that there’s a problem to have productive discussions about what can be done.  The blog will, accordingly, be heavily moderated with this in mind. 


General Philosophy and Misc.

It’s Only a Theory
“A group blog devoted to the Philosophy of Science”

Life Beyond Logic
Each week Nate Klemp posts a new art of living experiment. The goal is to explore philosophy as something more than an academic discipline -- to explore it as a way of life.

Pea Soup, a blog dedicated to philosophy, ethics, and academia
"PEA Soup is a blog designed to provide a forum for discussing philosophy, ethics, and academia. Its mission is to transcend geographical barriers so that moral philosophers from across the globe can converse in much the way that they would with their nearby colleagues. The primary subject matter is ethics, where this includes not only metaethics, normative ethical theory, and applied ethics, but also cognate areas of philosophy, including political philosophy, philosophy of action, and personal identity. The secondary foci are other philosophical issues and professional issues, such as those that arise in teaching philosophy."

Philosopher’s Digest
Timely Reviews of Current Philosophy Articles

Philosophers Anonymous
“Observations from an old cranky jerk who happens to be a professional philosopher. Occasionally philosophical, most often just vulgar. Sometimes focused on sober points of logic and issues in political theory, but more frequently fixed on nonsense. Bad metal bands, crappy guitarists, stupid lyrics, celebrities, pop "culture," telemarketers, irrationality, and other annoyances. Always misanthropic. Anti-religious. Not particularly amusing, either. Some might say insulting. Strange mail. Kook magnet. Doom. Comments from other cranky jerks, young and old.”

Philosophy, et cetera
Providing the questions for all of life's answers.

The Prosblogion
“A Philosophy of Religion blog”

As described on the New York Times website that hosts this blog, “The Stone features the writing of contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless. The series moderator is Simon Critchley, chair of the department of philosophy of New School in New York.”  The blog features entries written by a wide range of philosophers, including Robert Sapolsky, J. M. Bernstein, Judith Lichtenberg, Frans De Waal, and many others on topics ranging from ethics to reading, the imagination, Plato and censorship, etc, etc.

Warp, Weft and Way
Warp, Weft, and Way is a group blog of Chinese and Comparative philosophy. Its primary purpose is to promote and stimulate discussion of Chinese philosophy and cross-tradition inquiry among scholars and students of philosophy, whatever their level of training.


Logic Matters
“Logic, enthusiasms, sceptical thoughts, and a little LaTeX geekery”

Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind

“A group blog in the Philosophy of Mind”

“On Philosophy of Mind and Related Matters”

Fragments of Consciousness
A weblog by David Chalmers, Philosophy professor at the Australian National University

Matters of Substance
“A Group Blog Devoted to Metaphysics”

The Splintered Mind
“Reflections in Philosophy of Psychology, broadly construed”

Political Philosophy

Legal Theory Blog
"All the theory that fits." Written by Lawrence B. Solum, Professor at The University of Illonois’ School of Law
The Brooks Blog
The Brooks Blog is by Thom Brooks, a political and legal philosopher at Newcastle University. The blog highlights his interests in ethics, politics, and public policy.

Public Philosophy

Flickers of Freedom
Flickers of Freedom is an intellectual web community animated by a shared intrigue regarding the fundamental questions of action, agency, and free will. With no single ideological commitment, we are as eager to march through the various quagmires of evasion as we are to provoke panicky metaphysicians. We invite the view from the armchair, the view from the FMRI machine, and the view from nowhere. Some of us fan the flickers of freedom, others attempt to quench them, and still others insist that they are an illusion. In any case, none of us can look away. Our goal is to provide a forum that enables the vibrant, rigorous, and friendly community of scholars that already exists in this domain to be expanded and extended into the blogosphere. The principal contributors are professional scholars (philosophers and philosophically-minded practitioners in cognate disciplines) with specialized research expertise in the subject matter.


Gone Public
Gone Public is a blog written by Noelle McAfee, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. Inspired by and dedicated to her late friend, Cole Campbell, McAfee writes about philosophical issues, current political and philosophical climates, and recent topics that generally address public philosophy. In her own words, McAfee writes with a spirit that is “irreverent, deeply democratic, committed to ideas, to public life, and to the possibility that all of us might make this world a better place.”

Public Reason ;
Public Reason is a blog geared toward academic political philosophers, theorists, and students. As described on the website, “the purpose of the blog is to create an open forum for the academic political philosophy and theory community where we can discuss our common work. Academic blogging has undergone a remarkable growth lately. A group blog, in particular, can be used as a tool to continue the conversations that begin on the journal pages and in the conference halls.” With hundreds of members on the site, the blog provides a rich resource to support academic work. There are numerous reading groups that discuss ideas and questions through blog postings, while job announcements, notices about upcoming conferences, and links to various otherrelevant resources are made easily available. One must be a member to publish comments on the blog, but the discussions are visible to the non-members.

Teaching Philosophy and Views of Academia

In Socrates' Wake
A blog about teaching philosophy.

Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog
News and views about philosophy, the academic profession, academic freedom, intellectual culture...and a bit of poetry.

PhilosoPedaBlogy-- Teaching and Learning in Philosophy
"Christina Hendricks is an Instructor in the Philosophy Department at the University of British Columbia. She teaches courses in Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, and Feminist Theory. She also teaches in a first-year, team-taught, mutltidisciplinary program at UBC called Arts One. Previous to coming to UBC (in July of 2004), she taught for four years as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin–part of the University of Wisconsin Colleges system."

The Philosophy Smoker
“Professional philosophy issues for ABDs, recent Ph.Ds, and the non-tenured”

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