Free Scholarly Resources

Here you will find free philosophical resources.  This list is continuously being revised.  Suggestions are welcome.

1) The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP).  Click this link to go to the IEP

2) The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP). Click this link to go to the SEP

3) Project Gutenberg.  This is a place where one may be able to find certain primary and secondary sources in ebook form that are free and open to the public (at least in the United States).  Click here to go to Project Gutenberg

4) Click here to go to, This resource is useful in that they categorize a massive amount of philosophical literature ranging from books to journal articles.  Though the database is huge, they do not organize the literature by particular work which is what we are trying to accomplish here.  Also, they, like us, provide researchers with citations but the content of the citation may not be available because publishers hold the rights to the work.  So, a subscription to a particular journal may be required.  Or, if you are officially affiliated with a university, then check with your library to see if your university holds a subscription to the relevant journal or database.

5) Click here to go to Sometimes philosophers post their work to this website for various reasons.

6) The Encyclopedia Britannica is a good resource for gaining general historical knowledge about various philosophers.  Click here to go to the Encyclopedia Britannica

7) Youtube is gaining popularity among professional academics and amateurs.  For example, Raymond Geuss, a professional and well-known academic, has posted several lectures on Nietzsche and Marx for public consumption.  On the flip side of this, there are many amateur philosophers who post lectures on Nietzsche and Marx as well.  So, it is worth mentioning Youtube in this list because it is there and if used properly can be useful, but know that it can be harmful too.  It is up to the individual to decide whether or not they wish to pursue learning from a professional or an amateur.  Nevertheless, caution and discretion ought to be exercised when utilizing Youtube for philosophical research.

8) The same cautionary remarks that apply to Youtube apply to Wikipedia as well.  It is there and can be useful but should not be used exclusively for doing philosophical research.  Use it sparingly and wisely.

9) LibriVox is a database where one can listen to an audio book for free.  The recordings in the LibriVox are in the public domain in the USA.  Check with your local laws before downloading, if you are outside of the USA.  Click here to go to

10) Purdue Owl: this a free scholarly resource for citation and general academic writing.  Click here to go to Purdue Owl

11) This link is to the BBC podcast "In Our Time."  The podcast is dedicated to discussing various philosophical topics, movements, and individual philosophers.  Those invited to discuss topics are professional philosophers.  Thus, this a great scholarly resource for refining one's understanding of a topic, movement, or philosopher or introducing oneself to any of these as well.

***Click here to go to the BBC podcast "In Our Time."

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