Volume 13, Issue 3, 1997
Philosophical Inquiry and the Internet
The central question of this paper is if philosophical inquiry is possible on the Internet. I will therefore investigate both subjects, try to come to a conclusion and to some recommendations. To get a better idea of the relevance of this question, I will:
• elaborate briefly on the history of the Internet, discuss its possibilities and technical aspects,
• elaborate briefly on philosophical inquiry and its main characteristics,
• try to find some common aspects in both,
• discuss the history and the evolution of the existing electronic discussion list (the [email protected]) and expand on the results of a questionnaire I sent to every member on the list.
I will try to show that real philosophical inquiry is primarily a matter of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Internet is obviously a matter of communication, hut the question remains if technology truly creates new possibilities of communication.