, Volume 182, Issue 2, pp 315–333 | Cite as

Noesis and the encyclopedic internet vision

  • Anthony F. BeaversEmail author


Noesis is an Internet search engine dedicated to mapping the profession of philosophy online. In this paper, I recount the history of the project’s development since 1998 and discuss the role it may play in representing philosophy optimally, adequately, fairly, and accessibly. Unlike many other representations of philosophy, Noesis is dynamic in the sense that it constantly changes and inclusive in the sense that it lets the profession speak for itself about what philosophy is, how it is practiced, and why it is important. In this paper, I explain how Noesis is dynamic and inclusive. I close by suggesting why such a communitarian representation of the profession is both timely and necessary.


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The papers below that discuss earlier versions of Noesis present some ideas that will never be developed. Over the past decade unanticipated changes in technology have somewhat resituated the project’s direction. The current paper represents our most recent vision along with a summary of highlights from the earlier versions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and ReligionThe University of EvansvilleEvanvilleUSA

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