Stanford’s Philosophy Department is actively engaged in bringing philosophy to a wider public, and is a major center for promoting serious philosophical content online.
We support initiatives ranging from important scholarly resources, like the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, through institutions that give philosophy a public voice and engage people across the board, like the dynamic radio program Philosophy Talk.
You can also find online lectures for courses involving Stanford philosophers, and more courses and instructional materials are in development. Check back here for updates on new initiatives to bring philosophical ways of thinking to anyone with an internet connection!
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) is the premier reference work in philosophy, and covers an enormous range of philosophical topics through in-depth entries. Under the leadership of Principal Editor, Edward N. Zalta, the SEP brings together nearly two thousand philosophers and scholars from around the world to maintain a unique, truly dynamic reference work.
Each area of philosophy is served by a subject editor (or more commonly, a team of editors). The Editorial Board, which consists of these subject editors, numbers about 140 philosophers, and they identify which entries are needed and which experts should be solicited to contribute them. All submissions are refereed by these subject editors and, in many cases, independent experts before publication, and authors are expected to update their entries on a periodic basis. The Stanford Philosophy Department serves as an Advisory Board to approve additions and changes to the Editorial Board. The result is a reference work of the highest scholarly standards, which is flexible enough to respond to new developments across the field. Start exploring philosophy here!
Professor Michael Bratman talks action and agency in an interview about his latest book: Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together (2014).
Watch the full interview with Faculty Media here.
Also, see Professor Bratman's April 2015 lecture "Acting and Thinking Together" at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
Lectures and Courses Online
"The Art of Living"
Language, Proof, and Logic
Beginning in Fall 2014, students worldwide could begin their introduction to the world of logic through an online course led by Professor John Etchemendy (Dept. of Philosophy and Provost of Stanford University) and Dr. Dave Barker-Plummer (CSLI).
This online initiative is part of the Openproof Project.
The self-paced version of the course is available here.
Philosophy Talk celebrates the value of the examined life. Each week, our two host philosophers, Stanford professors Ken Taylor and John Perry, invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues ranging from popular culture to our most deeply-held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. We are dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity.
Tune in to philosophy on the radio with Philosophy Talk!