Online Since 2001
Back in 2001, few if any websites had taken the ideas of history’s sages as their subject-matter. There were college web pages exploring the thoughts of a single thinker; there were websites analyzing contemporary culture from one or another vantage point, and others having something broadly to say about philosophy itself. But a single website dedicated to unearthing the finest insights from the company of the wise – from the pre-Socratic philosophers right up to Adorno and Baudrillard – was rare.
Philosophical Society.com filled the void, and it did so without soliciting funds, selling ads, importuning foundations, or hawking its wares (indeed, there were never any wares to be hawked). Neither did its founder and editor seek publicity for himself, as is almost universally the case today even among the worthy and the gifted.
The aim from the beginning was to offer perspective on the human condition. And the site’s motif was the story of Atlas, of the struggle of the individual to find meaning in an indifferent and often hostile world.
The website was the first, or among the first, to publish excerpts from relatively unknown philosophical works, including those from Kierkegaard’s “That Individual”: Two Notes Concerning My Work as an Author; Nietzsche’s “Schopenhauer As Educator”; Russell’s “Free Man’s Worship”; and Santayana’s Egotism In German Philosophy. It was the first to publish Seneca's "On the Shortness of Life" and Jung's "Stages of Life."
Philosophical Society.com has availed the research efforts of authors, teachers, students, and scholars all around the world, across many disciplines. Its articles have turned up on the course syllabi of many leading institutions of higher learning.
In 2009 Philosophical Society.com earned a mention on Wired Magazine’s “Hottest Web Links” chart. In 2012 it was included on Cambridge University’s “Ideas for Wider Reading” list. In 2014 it was referenced in the Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, and the following year was cited in Addressing Loneliness, an academic text that is part of Routledge’s “Researching Social Psychology” series.
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The website was one of the first to publish excerpts from the work of Nietzsche, Santayana, Russell, and other leading philosophers.
The site has availed the research efforts of authors, teachers, students, and scholars all around the world, across many disciplines.
Philosophical Society.com has been referenced in over 20 books. In 2012 it was included on Cambridge University’s “Ideas for Wider Reading” list.