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Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children

Volume 13, Issue 3, 1997

Richard Anthone
Pages 37-45

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.

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