Fieser and Dowden (Ed.) (2017)

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Fieser, James and Dowden, Bradley. (Eds.). (2017) Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved from

Title Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Resource Type collection
Author(s) James Fieser, Bradley Dowden
Year 2017
Publisher Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
ISBN 21610002


The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) (ISSN 2161-0002) was founded in 1995 to provide open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The Encyclopedia receives no funding, and operates through the volunteer work of the editors, authors, volunteers, and technical advisers. At present, the IEP has over a million visitors per month, and about 20 million page views per year. The Encyclopedia is free of charge and available to all users of the Internet world-wide. The staff of 30 editors and approximately 300 authors hold doctorate degrees and are professors at universities around the world, most notably from English-speaking countries.

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