Peter Suber

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This is an experimental, wiki-based home page. It's been my main home page since June 2013. If I decide that the experiment is a failure and shift to another page, I'll say so here and link to the new page.


  • My primary field is philosophy (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1978). I'm also a non-practicing lawyer (J.D., Northwestern, 1982).

Other current affiliations


My latest book is Open Access (MIT Press, 2012). It's available in paperback and eight open-access editions (same text, different file formats). I keep it alive with frequent updates and supplements. Choice named Open Access an Outstanding Academic Title for 2013.
  • Nearly all my publications are open access from my section of DASH (the Harvard open-access repository), my Earlham web site, a publisher's site, or some combination of these.
    • One kind of exception is an older, print-only publication for which I don't yet have a digital edition. Over the years I've gradually created digital editions where I didn't have them, and I'm nearly done.
    • Another kind of exception is a work for which I have a digital edition but not permission for open access. The only exception of this kind is The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Nine New Opinions (Routledge, 1998). I published it before I started thinking hard about OA. I've since asked Routledge to make the book OA, but it declined. I'm still willing to do so as soon as Routledge is. If Routledge doesn't make it OA while the book is still in print, then I'll make it OA as soon is it goes out of print and the rights revert to me.
    • I believe these are the only exceptions. All my publications since I started working for OA in the late 1990's are OA, and except for Speluncean Explorers, all my publications for which I have digital copies are now OA.


  • Search my web pages and publications.
    • This is a Google custom search engine, new in November 2014. It will eventually cover all my web pages and publications. Bear with me while I make the index more complete. The short URL is
    • I previously had a Google custom search engine with the same intended scope. But that search engine is broken. I'd remove the search box from all my old web pages, but that would take more time than I have. So please beware. The search box on some of my old pages will give skimpy and outdated results.
    • When I figure out how to embed the search box in this wiki page, I will. Meantime I can only offer the link.

Background and past affiliations

  • In May 2003 I gave up my position as a tenured, full professor of philosophy at Earlham College, where I had taught since 1982. I also taught computer science and law. I left my professorship in order to work full-time on open access to research, which I've done ever since. However, I'm 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 German idealism; 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 paternalism, consent, and coercion; and the philosophy of law.
  • My current interests center on policies and technologies that foster knowledge, in particular, the growth, sharing, use, and usefulness of knowledge. In addition to promoting these policies and technologies, I want to understand 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 research and education.

Related pages

  • 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. H-Sites will soon preserve and mirror the wiki of the Harvard Open Access Project and my personal wiki containing this home page.

Contacting me

  • My primary email addresses are and
    • I also use <>.
    • I no longer use <> or <>. If you have them in your address book, please replace them with one of the above.
  • 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 Office for Scholarly Communication, then send me an email and I'll tell you how. 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