The website philosophynews.com was launched in 1997 by a blogger named Richard Jones under the name Philosophy News Service and started mainly as a service-oriented website to help inform the philosophical community about events like conferences and publications, philosophy-related news, and information about philosophers. It also offered free philosophynews.com email addresses to anyone who wanted one (this was a big deal in the late 90s as free email accounts were not widely available). Richard also recruited writers to write articles for a section titled “What’s Happening in Philosophy” or WHiP. The section was broken out by discipline and were designed to inform readers about specific trends in those areas. The current publisher, Paul Pardi, was recruited to write on philosophy of religion for this section.
In 1999, Richard Jones became inactive and the domain name came up for sale. Paul bought the domain and re-launched the site under the same name attempting to carry on Richard’s work. Since 1999, the site has changed focus, design, and finally, in 2011, the “Service” was dropped from the name and the site became Philosophy News (for more about the history of the site, see this article).
Today, Philosophy News has broadened its vision in an attempt to reach a wider readership and bring philosophy to both professionals and non-professionals alike. While the site still counts professional philosophers as a core part of its readership, reaching intelligent readers in other disciplines and laypersons interested in philosophical topics is an important secondary focus. Currently Philosophy News is designed to:
We have a bold vision for the future. As we work to grow our readership, we are investing in the following:
Philosophy News is managed and published by Paul Pardi. Paul earned his MA in philosophy in the late 90s from Biola University and currently teaches as an adjunct professor of philosophy at Seattle Pacific University and Green River Community College. He also is employed full time by the Microsoft Corporation. Paul has taught upper-division philosophy courses for almost 15 years on logic, metaphysics, ancient philosophy, early modern philosophy and a general education introductory course covering epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics. Paul is passionate about philosophy and focuses most of his attention on epistemology and philosophy of religion.
If you have any ideas for articles, feedback for the site, or questions, please email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for visiting and we hope this site is your first stop for philosophy on the web.
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