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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.
- Suggested short URL for this page = bit.ly/petersuber
- I work for the free circulation of science and scholarship in every field and language. In practice that means research, writing, organizing, and pro bono consulting for open access to research. I wear several hats:
- Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication (starting July 1, 2013)
- Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
- Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
- Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
- Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge
- Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College
- I'm also a co-founder of the Open Access Directory, founder of the Open Access Tracking Project, and co-developer of TagTeam. See my Earlham home page for other affiliations.
- 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.
- Also see:
- 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 specifically about OA, see:
- 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.
- My primary email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I also use <email@example.com> and <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
- I can still receive mail at <email@example.com>, 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.