Online Philosophy Resources Weekly Update


Here’s the weekly report on new entries in online philosophical resources and new reviews of philosophy books.

Below is a list of recent updates, if there have been any, to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDPR), 1000-Word Philosophy, and Wireless Philosophy (Wi-Phi). There’s also a section listing recent reviews of philosophy books appearing in popular media.

SEP

New: 

Revised:

  1. Implicature, by Wayne Davism (Georgetown).
  2. Personal Identity, by Eric T. Olson (Sheffield).
  3. Wang Yangming, by Bryan Van Norden (Vassar College).
  4. Mencius, by Bryan Van Norden (Vassar College).
  5. Anomalous Monism, by Steven Yalowitz.
  6. Weakness of Will, by Sarah Stroud (North Carolina) and Larisa Svirsky.
  7. Heraclitus, by Daniel W. Graham (Brigham Young).

IEP

NDPR

  1. Jeffrey Powell (Marshall) reviews Elemental Discourses (Indiana), by John Sallis
  2. James DiFrisco (KU Leuven) reviews Individuation, Process, and Scientific Practices (Oxford), by Otávio Bueno, Ruey-Lin Chen, and Melinda Bonnie Fagan (eds.).
  3. Marcel van Ackeren (Cologne/CIBSS Freiburg) reviews A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us (Chicago), by Todd May.
  4. Ethan Mills (Tennessee-Chattanooga) reviews The Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy (Oxford), by Jan Westerhoff.

1000-Word Philosophy

  1. Mill’s Proof of the Principle of Utility, by Dale E. Miller (Old Dominion).
  2. Speciesism, by Dan Lowe (Michigan).
  3. The African Ethic of Ubuntu, by Thaddeus Metz (Johannesburg).

Wireless Philosophy

Recent Philosophy Book Reviews in Non-Academic Media

  1. Ada Bronowski reviews The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble But Flawed Ideal, by Martha Nussbaum, at Prospect Magazine.
  2. Tim Maudlin reviews The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect, by Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie, at Boston Review.

Compiled by Michael Glawson.

BONUS: More on civility.

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Patrick S. O'Donnell
2 years ago

Re: the revised entry on “personal identity” by Olson
Better: Personal Identity in “Western” philosophical traditions

Perhaps you can indulge my irritation on this point: there now exists a fair number of professional philosophers who are conversant in BOTH Western and Eastern (especially but not only Indian/Indic philosophies) views on the topic of personal identity/self/no-self (the topic treated in the latter terms, along with a preeminent role played by conceptions of ‘consciousness’), such as Jonardon Ganeri, Miri Albahari, and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, for example (among others equally capable), and thus eminently qualified to write an entry on personal identity. And there are several volumes* in recent years that represent this approach (i.e., an ability to view this topic outside the boundaries of Western philosophy while being intimately familiar with Western analytic and phenomenological approaches). The SEP owes it to its readers to analytically integrate the various extant philosophical approaches into one entry (i.e., say ‘no’ to geo-political philosophical segregation!). Professor Olson parenthetically grants that “[t]here is also a rich literature on the topic in Eastern philosophy” so, in lieu of an integrated entry, a forthright circumscription of the scope of the entry should at least be acknowledged in its title.

* See, for example, Mark Siderits, Evan Thompson, and Dan Zahavi, eds. Self, No Self? Perspectives from Analytical, Phenomenological, and Indian Traditions (Oxford University Press, 2011).Report