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Western Philosophy Timeline

Western Philosophy Timeline

This can be used on a variety of levels. It can be used simply to get a sense of when different philosophers worked, or when different philosophical ideas emerged. It can also be treated as a series of symbolic clues to various philosophical ideas. While some of the solutions are included in the timeline itself and many others are straightforward, a few are positively obscure. The colours have no significance except to associate symbols with philosophers. In general, a symbol in a given colour belongs with the nearest philosopher named in a box of that colour.

Ethics Resources

Social Psychology Resources

  • Social Psychology Projects
  • Associated Philosophical Projects
    • The Implicit Bias Project
      • A project involving philosophers, pschologists, linguists, policy makers and others examining the metaphysics, epistemology and ethics of ‘implicit bias’.
      • Organised by Jennifer Saul, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield.

General Philosophical Resources

Philosophical Amusements

Various sites provide philosophical amusements, puzzles and activities of various kinds. Some of my favourite online locations are included below. Everything included in this list is available free of charge, although some sites also include advertisements for non-free things.

Practical Ethics

Bits and pieces which may be of interest particularly to students thinking about practical ethics such as those taking my Introducing Moral Problems course.

  • Who would you kill? Test your moral intuitions PBS (Public Broadcasting Service, US) guides visitors through four interactive variants on the basic trolley scenario. Strictly speaking, this doesn’t cover Thomson’s ‘Trolley Problem’ because it doesn’t set up the contrast with the transplant.
    I had problems actually watching the videos embedded on the PBS site but no problems watching them in situ on the YouTube site. If you have similar difficulties, you can find the videos here:

    1. Trolley Problem 1
    2. Trolley Problem 2
    3. Trolley Problem 3
    4. Trolley Problem 4
  • The Trolley Problem BBC Radio 4 animated explanation of various trolley scenarios and their ethical implications.
  • Life In Our Galaxy This is the site of a comic book about the abortion debate. Only the first chapter is available online.
  • Privacy resources
    • ixquick claims to be ‘the world’s most private search engine’. Details.
    • Startpage is a version of ixquick which is ‘enhanced by Google’ while still offering ‘complete privacy’. Details.
    • Electronic Frontier Foundation. A non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting digital rights through education, lobbying and judicial action. US focus but campaigns globally.
    • Open Rights Group. A UK non-profit campaigning for digital rights. The Open Rights Group is a member of European Digital Rights (EDRi).
    • The Free Software Foundation (FSF) ‘is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.’ The FSF issued this statement on the revelations concerning PRISM. Their anti-surveillance campaign explains the role which free software can play in securing privacy and in ensuring a secure, open internet. The FSF lists specific software which may be of use to individuals here.
    • NoScript is an extension for Mozilla-based browsers such as Firefox. It helps by limiting JavaScript which can improve security.
    • HTTPS Everywhere is an extension for Firefox and Chrome which automatically uses the secure https versions of sites whenever possible.
    • GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) enables you to securely encrypt, sign, verify and decrypt just about anything. Details of the software available here. This software can be used to exchange encrypted emails, to encrypt files, to verify the authenticity of software and messages, and to securely exchange data with others. Users create a key pair. The private key is kept by the user. The public key is published. A message intended for you can be encrypted using your public key, which anybody can use. To read the message, however, it must be decrypted and this requires the private key which only you have. Unless somebody has your private key and knows or guesses your password, the encrypted message is useless to them. Not even the person who sent you the message can decrypt it because that person only has your public key. GPG is available for GNU/Linux and other free software systems, as well as Windows and Mac OS X.
    • Enigmail is an extension for Thunderbird and SeaMonkey which makes it easy to exchange encrypted email using GNU Privacy Guard.

Gender Issues

Careers for Philosophy Graduates

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