Resources

How to write philosophy papers, online philosophical discourses, graduate schools in philosophy and organizations within the region can all be found within the resource links below.  

Getting Started

Help for Students

These may be useful to students taking philosophy courses and/or majoring in philosophy. Use these as supplements to (not substitutes for) live interaction with your professors.

Searching Online

Writing a Philosophy Paper

Essays

Controversial essays to hone your critical thinking skills.

Arts and Letters Daily collects the best reading on the web. You might start in the Classics section.

"150 Essential Articles and Essays" from The Electric Typewriter.

Graduate Study

Applying to Graduate Schools and A Realistic Perspective on Graduate Study are essays for students considering graduate study in philosophy.

The Philosophical Gourmet Report is a ranking of philosophy graduate programs in the English-speaking world; it includes links to department homepages. A ranking such as this should be used only in conjunction with the advice of your professors. To read more about the Gourmet Report and the debate it has inspired, start at Keith DeRose's page For and Against the Use of Rankings.

Brian Leiter's blog often features discussion and debate on issues related to graduate study. Searching for "graduate" on the blog will give you these results.

Diversions

For a well-deserved study-break.

Philosophy Blogs

Weblogs by and for people interested in philosophy. Click here for a much longer list.

  • Flickers of Freedom "is an intellectual web community animated by a shared intrigue regarding the fundamental questions of action, agency, and free will."
  • Certain Doubts is on epistemology.
  • PEA Soup is "dedicated to philosophy, ethics, and academia."
  • The Prosblogion discusses topics in the philosophy of religion.
  • The Philosophers' Carnival Project "aims to showcase the best philosophical posts from a wide range of weblogs. We invite submissions from bloggers and readers, and collate the submitted posts into one big round-up (or "carnival") every two weeks, offering a brief summary of each entry, and a link to the complete post."

Philosophical Associations

National and International

American Philosophical Association "is the main professional organization for philosophers in the United States. Founded in 1900, its mission is to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline."

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics "is committed to encouraging high quality interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in practical and professional ethics by educators and practitioners who appreciate the theoretical and practical impacts of their subjects."

Philosophy of Science Association "promotes research, teaching, and free discussion of issues in the philosophy of science from diverse standpoints. To this end, the PSA engages in activities such as: the publishing of periodicals, essays and monographs; sponsoring conventions and meetings; and awarding prizes for distinguished work in the field."

Society for Ethics "serves the purpose of promoting philosophical research in ethics, broadly construed, including areas such as (but not limited to) ethical theory, moral, social and political philosophy, as well as areas of applied ethics such as (but not limited to) legal, business and medical ethics."

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy  is "a professional organization devoted to supporting philosophy inspired by Continental European traditions."

Society for Philosophy and Psychology "is the premier scientific and educational organization for philosophically interested psychologists and psychologically interested philosophers in North America.The purpose of the SPP is to promote interaction between philosophers, psychologists and other cognitive scientists on issues of common concern."

Society of Christian Philosophers "was organized in 1978 to promote fellowship among Christian Philosophers and to stimulate study and discussion of issues which arise from their Christian and philosophical commitments. One of its chief aims is to go beyond the usual philosophy of religion sessions at the American Philosophical Association and to stimulate thinking about the nature and role of Christian commitment in philosophy."

Society for Women in Philosophy  "was started in 1972 to promote and support women in philosophy. SWIP holds divisional meetings, meetings in conjunction with the meetings of the American Philosophical Association, and it publishes newsletters."

Regional

Philosophy in North Carolina

Philosophy departments in the Tar Heel State (incomplete list).