Peter Suber

Open Access Project Director
Public Knowledge
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 650
Washington, D.C. 20009

Senior Researcher
Scholarly Publishing and Academic
  Resources Coalition (SPARC)
21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20036

Research Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Earlham College
Richmond, Indiana 47374


I travel frequently, but generally work from my home in Maine. If you need my Maine address or phone number, send me an email.

Date of Birth: November 8, 1951.
Married to Liffey Thorpe; we have two daughters.

Areas of Specialization

History of modern philosophy and ideas (esp. 17th - 19th centuries); epistemology (esp. idealism and skepticism); ethics and bioethics (esp. consent and paternalism); law and philosophy of law; logic and philosophy of logic; metaphilosophy; open access to research literature.

Areas of Competence

Philosophy of artificial intelligence; theory of ideology; ethics of belief; criminal law; tort law; computer science; cognitive science; etymology.


Northwestern University, The School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, September 1979 to June 1982.

J.D. cum laude, June 1982.

Northwestern University, The Graduate School, Evanston, Illinois, September 1973 to June 1978.

Ph.D. (philosophy), June 1978.
M.A. (philosophy), June 1974.

Dissertation: Kierkegaard's Concept of Irony: Especially in Relation to Freedom, Personality, and Dialectic, 1977. (Committee: William Earle, Samuel Todes, David Michael Levin.)

Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, September 1969 to June 1973.

B.A. (philosophy), Departmental Honors in Philosophy, College Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, June 1973.

The Apprentice Program Experimental School, Highland Park, Illinois, September 1964 to June 1969.

Specialist in electronic music, audio recording engineering, and tape editing.


Open Access Project Director, Public Knowledge, Washington, D.C., July 1, 2003, to present.

Senior Researcher, SPARC, Washington, D.C., July 1, 2003, to present.

Research Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. (Assistant Professor from Fall 1982 to Fall 1988; Associate Professor from Fall 1988 to Fall 1996; Full Professor from Fall 1996 to Spring 2003; Research Professor from Spring 2003 to present.)

Research Associate, Department of Computer Science and Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, September 1988 to May 1989. Cognitive science research with Douglas Hofstadter while on sabbatical from Earlham College.

Stand-up Comic, professional from 1976 to 1981. Performed on many television and radio broadcasts, local and national, e.g., The Tonight Show, 1976, and in live performances in the United States and Canada.

Academic Publications

See my web page of publications. Then I won't have to maintain two lists. For most of these publications, the web page links to free online full-text.

Professional Positions and Service (most recent first)

Last updated October 17, 2005.

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