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The PHILOSOP Mailing List

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PHILOSOP is the oldest internet e-mail list of professional philosophers in the world, with subscribers from a wide variety of countries and institutions, both big and small. PHILOSOP is run by István S. N. Berkeley of the Philosophy program and is based at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in Lafayette, Louisiana USA. Please direct all inquiries to the listowner and moderator, István Berkeley at

The purpose of PHILOSOP is to provide an easy, informal, and fast, way for people interested in academic Philosophy to exchange anything relevant that can be exchanged via the medium of e-mail, and, taking that as given, to keep reasonably large the ratio of utility to volume.

By academic Philosophy (or, anyway, its expression in the word) we mean, approximately, the kind of professional writing that is done by people studying (beyond the elementary level), or teaching, in university philosophy departments. Texts satisfying that criterion might be of many different kinds: work in progress, comments thereon, advertisements for conferences, newsletters, journals, or associations, job postings, announcements of other mailing lists and philosophically relevant WWW pages.

Terms of Use
Please use common sense when posting to PHILOSOP. Posting which may be considered offensive should be avoided. In case of doubt, or if you are unsure whether a posting is appropriate for the list, ask the list moderator's opinion prior to posting. Please note however, regulations governing the machines which PHILOSOP runs upon specifically prohibit any use of the list for commercial purposes.

Important Commands
Subscriptions to PHILOSOP, as well as unsubscribe requests and the ability to change your subscription options can be found at the PHILOSOP Mailman page, which is this page. Scroll down for the command interface. This page is located at,

It is strongly recommended that you bookmark this page for future reference. It is also possible to interact with PHILOSOP through e-mail. For a detailed list of commands and options available through Mailman, please see The GNU Mailman List Member Manual, located at,

Brief History
In September 1995 PHILOSOP moved from York University, where it was run by Nollaig McKenzie to The University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was at this time that the server software changed to Majordomo. Also, István S. N. Berkeley took over the task of running the list. In September 1996, the list again moved, this time to its current location. At the time this institution was known as The University of Southwestern Louisiana. However, in 1999 the name was changed to the current one of The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. PHILOSOP ran under majordomo software until September 2017. The list was transitioned to the Mailman software suite.

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To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the Philosop Archives. (The current archive is only available to the list members.)

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