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 decide the experiment is a failure, and shift to another page, I'll say so here and link to the new page.


Other current affiliations


  • My latest book is Open Access (MIT Press, 2012). It's available in paperback and at least eight OA editions (PDF, HTML, ePub, Mobi, Daisy, DjVu, plain text, and streaming). I keep it alive with frequent 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)
  • With one exception, all of my publications are OA, and all my OA publications are available from my section of DASH (the Harvard institutional repository) or my Earlham web site.
    • The exception is The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Nine New Opinions (Routledge, 1998). I signed the contract before I started thinking hard about OA. I've since asked Routledge to make the book OA and it declined. I'm still willing to do so as soon as Routledge is.
    • I believe that's the only exception. Believe? All my publications since I started working for OA in the late 1990's are OA. Except for Speluncean Explorers, all my earlier publications for which I have digital copies are now OA. For a while there were a few for which I didn't have digital copies. I've tried to find or create digital copies for each of those, and make each one OA, and I believe I've now succeeded. If I ever notice that I've missed one, I'll get back to work.
  • My entire Earlham web site, including my courses, blog archive, and many of my publications, is preserved and annually refreshed at a section within Harvard's H-Sites.

Background and past 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 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.

Related pages

Contacting me

  • My primary email addresses are and
    • I also use <>.
    • I can still receive mail at <> and <>, but I no longer use them. If you have them in your address book, please replace them with one of the above. I still subscribe to some discussion forums under these addresses, but I'm gradually updating my subscriptions.
  • Email is the best way to reach me. If you want to contact me by phone, fax, snail mail, or some other way, and don't want to go through the OSC office (above), then 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.

"To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher."

     Pascal, Pensées.
     Trans. A.J. Krailsheimer, Penguin, 1966, §513