Peter Suber

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This is an experiment in a wiki-based home page. For now, it's my main home page. If I ever decide the experiment is a failure, and shift to another page, I'll say so here and link to the new page.


  • Other affiliations (most recent first)
    • Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities.
    • Member of the Editorial Board of Publications.
    • Fellow at the Openforum Academy
    • Member of the board of Enabling Open Scholarship.
    • Member of the Advisory Group of the SPARC Campus Open Access Policies project
    • Special Advisor at the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
    • Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
    • Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication.
    • Co-founder and member of the editorial board of the Open Access Directory.
    • Member of the Steering Committee of the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS).
    • Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project of Yale Law School.
    • Member of the Advisory Board of The European Library.
    • Member of the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation.
    • Editorial consultant to Noesis: Philosophical Research Online.
    • Member of the Editorial Board of Open Access Research.
    • Member of the External Graduate Faculty of University of Maine (5 yr term, ending June 2012)
    • Member of the Board of Directors of The Center For Internet Research.
    • Member of the Advisory Board of JournalReview.
    • Member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the Advisory Council for its Open Definition.
    • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Text Outline Project.
    • Member of the Advisory Group of the Open Access to Knowledge Law Project.
    • Member of the Scientific Committee of Open Culture.
    • Member of the OA Advisory Board of Open Humanities Press.
    • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Commons of Geographic Data.
    • Member of the Publishing Working Group for Science Commons.
    • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the book series on Open Access published by Polimetrica.
    • Member of the Advisory Board of Academic Commons.
    • Member of the Steering Committee of the Scientific Information Working Group of the U.N. World Summit on the Information Society.
    • Member of the Advisory Board of the Information Commons of the American Library Association.
    • Director of the Open Access Project at Public Knowledge.
    • Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).
    • Author of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter.
    • Author and editor of the Open Access News blog.
    • Member of the Advisory Board of the Bagaduce Watershed Association. Formerly a member of the Board of Directors.
    • Member of the New Knot Claims Assessment Committee of the International Guild of Knot Tyers.
    • Member of the Board of Governors of the International Consortium For The Advancement of Academic Publication.
    • Senior Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College.

  • Until May 2003 I was a professor of philosophy at Earlham College, where I had taught since 1982. I also taught computer science and law. Although I have left full-time teaching, I am still a research professor at Earlham and still work full-time in the academic universe. My philosophical interests (formerly, my teaching interests) lie chiefly in the history of modern European philosophy, roughly from Montaigne to Nietzsche; Kant and Hegel; the history of western skepticism from Sextus Empiricus to the 20th century; epistemological and ethical issues related to skepticism, such as fictionalism, ideology, self-deception, and the ethics of belief; the logical, epistemological, ethical, and legal problems of self-reference; the metatheory of first-order logic; the ethics of liberty, paternalism, consent, and coercion; criminal law and tort law; and the philosophy of law. My current interests center around policies and technologies that foster research. Apart from the active promotion these policies and technologies, I'm interested in understanding how the internet has changed research and scholarly communication, how it ought to change them, and what it would mean to take full advantage of the internet for the creation and sharing of knowledge.


  • My latest book is Open Access (MIT Press, 2012). It's available in paperback and four OA editions (PDF, HTML, ePub, and Mobi). I keep it alive with frequent updates and supplements, and will soon release my own OA edition integrating the published text with the updates and supplements.
  • For my other writings about OA, see:
    • the bibliography of my writings on open access
    • the backfile of my newsletter (Free Online Scholarship Newsletter, March 2001 - September 2002, and SPARC Open Access Newsletter, July 2003 - June 2013)
    • the archive of my old blog, Open Access News (May 2002 - April 2010)
  • I believe that all of my publications (on OA, philosophy, and other topics) are OA, and that all my OA publications are available from my Earlham home page and/or my section of DASH, the Harvard institutional repository.
    • Believe? Don't I know? I'm still trying to figure this out. All my publications since I started thinking about OA in the late 1990's are OA. All my publications from before that for which I have digital copies are now OA. For a while there were a few for which I didn't have digital copies, and I tried to find or create digital copies. I believe I've succeeded.
  • My entire Earlham web site, including my courses, blog archive, and most of my publications, is preserved and annually refreshed at a section within Harvard's H-Sites.

Contacting me

  • My primary email address is
    • I also use <> and <>.
    • I can still receive mail at <>, but I no longer use it. If you have it in your address book, please replace it with one of the above. I still subscribe to some long-standing discussion forums under that address, but I'm gradually updating my subscriptions.
  • Email is the best way to reach me. To contact me by phone, fax, snail mail, or some other way, send me an email and I'll send you the number or address. If you tweet me a message, I probably won't see it.