The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Issues Faced by Academic Reference Works That May Be of Interest to Wikipedians

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Featured talk by Edward N. Zalta.

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Sunday 19, 9:30

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In this talk, I describe the publishing model of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and describe a series of issues confronted by an online academic reference work that may be of interest to Wikipedias. These issues include: flagged revisions and pending changes, updating, citations to unpublished work, the problem of entries that aren't "self-contained", the problem of technical entries, authorship transitions (copyright and ownership issues when authors retire), diversity among authors and editors, and in general, the questions, what is an "entry", under what conditions is an entry title commissioned and how much can an entry title change before it becomes a new entry?

About Edward

Edward N. Zalta is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). His research specialties include:

  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Philosophical Logic/Philosophy of Logic
  • Computational Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language/Intensional Logic
  • Philosophy of Mind/Intentionality

Zalta has taught courses and faculty seminars at Stanford University, Rice University, the University of Salzburg, University of Auckland, University of Tasmania, University of Padua, University of Santiago de Compostela, and Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy), and has lectured in various universities in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Slovenia, Peru, Brazil, Israel, China and Japan. His other philosophical interests include: modal logic, formal semantics, contemporary analytic philosophy, contemporary history of philosophy (Bolzano, Brentano, Frege, Meinong, Husserl, Russell, early Wittgenstein, Carnap, Quine), and modern philosophy (Descartes -- Kant). Zalta is also the Principal Editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.