Support for Philosophy

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Since 1966 the Philosophy Documentation Center has maintained a unique commitment to support teaching, research, and professional activities in philosophy and related fields. We provide online access to hundreds of philosophy publications and services that support continuing access to essential online resources. Our goal is to expand the reach of philosophical work outside the classroom and increase cooperation among philosophers everywhere.


Essential Resources

We support essential philosophy resources with hosting and technical support, data collection, payment management, and other services. For example, we host the International Directory of Philosophy and the TeachPhilosophy 101 web site. Together with the Center for Digital Philosophy we maintain PhilPapers, the most extensive index of philosophy publications now available. We provide financial services in support of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Our work helps ensure continuing expansion and long-term availability of these projects.

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Commemorative Publications

We support prominent conference publications and commemorative works in multiple formats. For example, we provide access to dozens of publications from the World Congress of Philosophy in several languages. We make volumes of presidential addresses of the American Philosophical Association (1901-2000) available online, in hardbound print, or as eBook downloads. We publish conference proceedings in print and electronic format for the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the North American Society for Social Philosophy. At least 20 sets of conference publications will be added to our site in 2016.

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Open Access Hosting

We provide open access hosting for a selection of peer-reviewed publications and archives. We do not charge fees to authors nor do we require log in or registration for access. The types of open access projects we support include journals, conference proceedings, and archival collections. Not every project can be sustained without fees, sales, or subscription income. Contact us for more information. Examples:

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Award Sponsorship

PDC has co-sponsored the Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs with the American Philosophical Association since 1999. The aim of this annual prize is to recognize programs that risk undertaking new initiatives and do so with excellence and success. It is also intended to publicize these programs so that they may inspire and influence others to follow their lead.

Excellence is assessed by a record of achievement, the accomplishment of clearly defined goals, and the appropriateness of the program for emulation by others in the field. Innovation is assessed by the development of new research areas, new interdisciplinary or international connections, new modes of teaching or dissemination, new audiences for philosophical work, or extensions of existing boundaries of the discipline.

The selection committee consists of five people appointed by the APA’s Committee on Lectures, Publications, and Research, and includes two PDC representatives. Questions about nomination procedure may be directed to [email protected]. Each winner is recognized at a reception at the APA Eastern Division meeting.

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