Most recent first. Also see my page of writings for the net.
Open Access, MIT Press, June 2012. (The book will become open access one year after publication.)
Trends favoring open access, Cyberinfrastructure Technology Watch (CTWatch), in a special issue on The Coming Revolution in Scholarly Communications & Cyberinfrastructure, Vol. 3, No. 3, Fall 2007.
Creating an Intellectual Commons through Open Access, in Charlotte Hess and Elinor Ostrom (eds.), Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice, MIT Press, 2006.
Unbinding knowledge: a proposal for providing open access to past research articles, starting with the most important, in Giandomenico Sica (ed.), Open Access, Open Problems, Milan: Polimetrica, October 20, 2006, pp. 43-58.
Open Access in the United States, in Neil Jacobs (ed.), Open Access: Key strategic, technical and economic aspects, Chandos Publishing, 2006.
Open access, impact, and demand: Why some authors self archive their articles, BMJ, May 14, 2005.
- If the BMJ edition is not accessible, here's an OA copy.
Promoting Open Access in the Humanities, Syllecta Classica, 16 (2005) 231-246.
The Primacy of Authors in Achieving Open Access, Nature, June 10, 2004.
The Promise of 'Open Access' Publishing," transcript of a live, online colloquy sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education, January 29, 2004. Lila Guterman moderated the discussion and I was the guest who answered questions.
Open access: other ways, Nature, November 6, 2003. A letter to the editor.
- For a longer version of the same argument, see Do journal processing fees exclude the poor? in SOAN for 11/2/03.
Removing the Barriers to Research: An Introduction to Open Access for Librarians, College & Research Libraries News, 64 (February 2003) pp. 92-94, 113.
- Full text, 27k.
Is Your College Ready to Tackle More than Sweatshops? Chronicle of Higher Education, August 2, 2002, p. B16.
- Full text, 12k.
- Reprinted in the National Association of Educational Buyers Journal, December 2003, pp. 8-9.
Open Access to the Scientific Journal Literature, Journal of Biology, 1, 1 (June 2002) pp. 3f. PDF edition. Free registration required for both the HTML and PDF editions. Here's an HTML copy for which no registration is required.
- Full-text, 12k.
Where Does The Free Online Scholarship Movement Stand Today?, Cortex, 38, 2 (April 2002) pp. 261-64. (PDF edition)
- Full-text, 14k.
- Reprinted in the February 2002 issue of the Association of Research Libraries' ARL Bimonthly Report. (The February issue came out in April.)
Saving Machines From Themselves: The Ethics of Deep Self-Modification, forthcoming in Georg Trogemann (editor), Essays on Self-Modifying Media.
- Full text, 67k.
Review of George Dyson, Darwin Among the Machines: The Evolution of Global Intelligence (Perseus Books, 1997), the American Philosophical Association's Newletter on Philosophy and Computers.
- Full text, 7k.
Articles on Amendment (I.31-32), Civil Disobedience (I.110-113), Paternalism (II.632-635), and Self-Reference in Law (II.790-792), in Christopher Berry Gray (ed.), Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia, Garland Pub. Co., 1999.
- Full text, 6k, 14k, 15k, and 10k respectively.
- Sorry for the condensed prose in these articles. I had very little space in which to work.
The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Nine New Opinions, Routledge, 1998. Reprinted, with corrections, 2002.
- Preface and Introduction, full text, 25k.
- My contract with Routledge prevents me from putting the rest of the text online. However, I have put up a page of assignment ideas for teachers, errata, and other auxiliary content.
- Buy it from Amazon.com in paperback or hardback.
Infinite Reflections and its appendix, A Crash Course in the Mathematics of Infinite Sets, St. John's Review, XLIV, 2 (1998) 1-59.
- Essay, full text, 83k. Appendix, full text, 62k.
Six Exploding Knots. The English version is only available on the web.
- Full text, 21k.
- This essay has been translated into Dutch by Pieter van de Griend, "Zes Exploderende Knopen," Het Knoopeknauwertje, 9 (December 1997) 8-13.
Legal Reasoning After Post-Modern Critiques of Reason, Legal Writing, The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, 3 (1997) 21-50.
- Full text, 83k.
Question-Begging Under a Non-Foundational Model of Argument, Argumentation, 8 (1994) 241-50.
- Full text, 36k.
A Year of Teaching with Dialog, Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy, 93, 1 (Spring 1994) 123-26.
- Full text, 20k.
Is Philosophy Dead? The Earlhamite, 112, 2 (Winter 1993) 12-14.
- Full text, 15k.
- Reprinted (HTML version) at the Philosophy News Service, July 20, 1999.
- Featured in Arts & Letters Daily, July 28, 1999.
The Database Paradox: Unlimited Information and the False Blessing of 'Objectivity', Library Hi Tech, 10, 4 (1992) 51-57.
- Full text, 32k.
- This essay is a revised and expanded version of "How Teachers Teach, How Students Learn: Teaching in a Blizzard of Information," in Evan Farber (ed.), Teaching and Technology: The Impact of Unlimited Information Access on Classroom Teaching, Pierian Press, 1991, pp. 67-74, which is itself a revised and expanded version of "Teaching in a Blizzard of Information," Issues in Science and Technology, 5, 4 (July 1989) 29-31.
50 Years Later, The Questions Remain, Ellsworth American, August 27, 1992, Section I, p. 2. (On Kurt Gödel's trip to Blue Hill, Maine, in 1942.)
- Full text, 18k.
Unsimplifying Political Correctness, The Earlhamite, 111, 2 (Spring 1992) 23-25.
- Full text, 16k.
The Paradox of Self-Amendment in American Constitutional Law, Stanford Literature Review, 7, 1-2 (Spring-Fall 1990) 53-78. Essay-length synopsis of the book, Paradox of Self-Amendment, below.
- Full text, 73k.
- This essay has been translated into Portuguese by Fernando Borges Araújo, "O Paradoxo da Auto-Revisão no Direito Constitucional," Revista da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa, 31 (1990) 93-128.
Review of Jeff Mason, Philosophical Rhetoric: The Function of Indirection in Philosophical Writing, (Routledge, 1989), in Philosophy and Rhetoric, 23, 2 (1990) 136-141.
- Full text, 15k.
The Paradox of Self-Amendment: A Study of Logic, Law, Omnipotence, and Change, Peter Lang Publishing, 1990.
- Full text in 28 files. See the Table of Contents.
- The third Appendix contains Nomic, full text, 39k.
- I have written an essay-length synopsis of the book, full text, 73k.
A Case Study in Ad Hominem Arguments: Fichte's Science of Knowledge, Philosophy and Rhetoric, 23, 1 (1990) 12-42.
- Full text, 90k.
The Reflexivity of Change: The Case of Language Norms, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 3, 2 (1989) 100-129.
- Full text, 93k.
- This essay has been translated into German by Bertram Kienzle, "Die Reflexivität des Wandels: Der Fall der Sprachnormen," in Bertram Kienzle and Helmut Pape (eds.), Dimensionen des Selbst: Selbstbewußtsein, Reflexivität und die Bedingungen von Kommunikation, Suhrkamp Verlag, 1991, pp. 179-219.
- Second thoughts, full text, 3k.
What is Software? Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2, 2 (1988) 89-119.
- Full text, 85k.
Analogy Exercises for Teaching Legal Reasoning, Journal of Law and Education, 17, 1 (Winter 1988) 91-98.
- Full text, 20k.
Population Changes and Constitutional Amendments: Federalism versus Democracy, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 20, 2 (Winter 1987) 409-490.
- Full text, article 82k, and four appendices, 54k, 29k, 33k, and 2k.
- Second thoughts, full text, 9k.
A Bibliography of Works on Reflexivity, in Bartlett and Suber (1987), below, pp. 259-362.
- I'll put this online after I convert it from the ancient word processor on which it was written, i.e. real soon now.
Logical Rudeness, in Bartlett and Suber (1987), below, pp. 41-67.
- Full text, 76k.
Self-Reference: Reflections on Reflexivity, Co-edited with Steven J. Bartlett. Martinus Nijhoff, 1987. (An interdisciplinary anthology of essays.)
- I only plan to put my contributions to this volume online. See previous two items.
GradeSheet: A Spreadsheet for Teachers, Sorcim/IUS Micro Software Inc., November 1984.
- This was written for CP/M machines. Let it rest in peace.
Nomic: A Game That Explores the Reflexivity of Law, Scientific American, 246, 6 (June 1982) 16-28. A game with commentary embedded in column by Douglas R. Hofstadter. Reprinted, sometimes in revised versions, in many languages and many media.
- Full text, 39k. This link is not to the version in Hofstadter's column but to the version of the game in my 1990 book, Paradox of Self-Amendment.
- Also see my Nomic page.
The Place of Philosophy in the Humanities: A Statistical Profile, Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, 55, 3 (February 1982) 417-23.
- Abstract, 5k.
Research Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College
Open Access Project Director, Public Knowledge
Senior Researcher, SPARC