Philosophy Goes Public

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This website exists to facilitate a discussion among professional philosophers interested in promoting the development of a periodical which presents philosophical ideas and their supporting arguments to the college-educated public in a readable, non-technical style.

This discussion has grown anew at the encouragement of Prof. Eric Hoffman, Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association. But all financial costs of the discussion, including travel to APA conferences, are borne by the discussants themselves.

What follows on this website are letters expressing various ideas and plans regarding the prospects for the periodical, names of interested parties, addresses and links.

Director of this Website:

Raymond S. Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Delta College
University Center, MI 48710

Office: (517) 686-9373
FAX: (517) 686-0485

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Attention: Any letters sent to R. S. Pfeiffer on this subject may be put on this website either in their original or edited form. It is assumed that all letters and e-mail messages on the subject of this website are sent with permission to be edited and put on this website.

Organization of the Website:

First is a list of the people (and their addresses) who are currently engaged in the discussion.

Second is a list of letters from the discussants, summaries of discussions and other documents shedding light on the project.

Current Discussants

  • Prof. Eric Hoffman, Executive Director
  • American Philosophical Association
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716
    (302) 831-8691
    FAX: (302) 831-8690

  • Prof. Raymond S. Pfeiffer
  • Delta College
    University Center, MI 48710
    (517) 686-9373
    FAX: (517) 686-0485

  • Prof. Jonathan Adler
  • CUNY/Brooklyn College
    2900 Bedford Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889
    (212) 642-2051 (Grad Center)
    (713) 780-5311 Brooklyn College

  • Prof. Charles Echelbarger
  • SUINY/Oswego
    Department of Philosophy
    128 Piez Hall
    Oswego, NY 13126
    (315) 341-2249

  • Prof. Peter Hare
  • SUNY/Buffalo
    Department of Philosophy
    Baldy Hall #607
    Amherst, NY 14260
    (716) 645-2444, ext. 774

  • Prof. Margaret Crouch
  • Department of Philosophy
    Eastern Michigan University
    Ypsilanti, MI

    Summary of Current State of the Project

    There was a 2 hour "Talk with the APA" scheduled for and held in Philadelphia on Monday, December 29, 1997 chaired by Eric Hoffman and Philip Quinn, including as participants R. S. Pfeiffer, J. Adler, C. Echelbarger and P. Hare. Also on the program was R. Lewis, editor of Philosophy Now, a quarterly magazine of ideas for the educated public published in London, U.K. Approximately thirty-five philosophers attended and expressed strong general support for the idea of a philosophy periodical presenting philosophical ideas and arguments in a non-technical way to the educated public. R. Lewis' presentation was interesting and attractive, and many thought that philosophers should support Lewis' endeavor and try to help improve and build it. After the meeting, Eric Hoffman encouraged Pfeiffer to talk with Lewis and help organize U.S. support and development of Philosophy Now. As a result, there is movement afoot to develop a U.S. Board of Editors and a U. S. Board of Editorial Advisors. Anyone interested in joining such a board should send Pfeiffer a copy of one's vita and a statement of interest. In the meantime, everyone interested should first of all subscribe to Philosophy Now. Information to do so can be found by following the link at the bottom of this page.

    Letters and Documents


  • Philosophy Now: A Magazine of Ideas, edited by: R.B.J. Lewis

  • Last Updated 3-18-98