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Welcome to aphil.org!

This website is aimed at all interested in philosophy in an active way - that is, not as a pastime, but as direct engagement with problems in and of philosophy. We find that aphorisms especially lend to too much open interpretation, untrustworthy annotation, random placement, etc.

Our mission statement could be summarized as follows:

  1. We want to create a database and an index which will put aphorisms in context and direct the layman as well as the academic to other aphorisms which discuss the same problems.
  2. We aim at creating a number of databases and indexes for all the aphoristic philosophers, while acknowledging that this is and will remain an impossible task. This implies that including any philosopher at your will is fine by us.
  3. We are aiming to show specific aphorisms or book sections, and not general statements - i.e. 'Introduction to Book X, by author Y', and not 'Somewhere early on in that book, I think'.
  4. This also means a meticulous care at annotations, punctuations, notes by authors, emphases, etc. What one may find unimportant stylistic drivel, another will find a source of interpretative work.
  5. Please refrain from interpretations as much as possible - we are only looking for connections. We acknowledge that connections by definition imply a level of interpretation; nevertheless, please allow the readers to think for themselves instead of giving them your views. If you can't resist, please join our forum, use the “discuss this page” on the sidebar, or give a sustained argument at the bottom of the page under == Other Connections ==1).
  6. We strongly encourage the use of tags (keywords), but please use them responsibly and with measure.2)
  7. We will not tolerate delimitations on what philosophy is, or whether someone can be considered a philosopher in any sense. The same applies to delimiting the meaning of aphorisms and their purposes. Fruitful discussions are always welcome in our forum.
  8. Aphil.org is aimed at academics as well as casual readers alike. We ask all our editors to have an open mind towards one another. However, see point 2. Additionally, this does not mean, and could never mean, that all views are thereby correct - regardless of the amount of references one can find in support of their statements.
  9. Please enjoy your time here, and let us make this a go to place for lovers of wisdom.

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