The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online (REP Online) is the largest and most comprehensive resource available for all those involved in the study of philosophy. It is a trusted source of quality information, providing access to over 2,700 articles that have been edited for level and consistency by a team of renowned subject experts.
Regularly updated with new and revised articles it is the ideal entry point for further discovery and research, clearly organised and with over 25,000 cross-references linking themes, concepts and philosophers. It is also an ideal reference source for those in subjects related to philosophy, such as politics, psychology, economics, anthropology, religion and literature.
A Guide to REP articles
'Article Summary': All articles begin with an accessible summary, free to view for all users.
'New' articles: these have been added to REP Online within the past year; many are written by contributors new to REP Online.
'Revised' articles: these have been significantly updated by their original authors.
'Versions': When the first version of an article, 'version 1' is revised, it is replaced by 'version 2', with date of publication. Earlier versions of articles can be accessed via the links at the top of the article, labelled ‘version 1’, ‘version 2’, etc. Previous versions of articles are fully searchable and are free to all users.
For anyone new to REP Online the 'Overview' articles provide perfect entry points to key subjects. You can view all of the Overview articles via the Browse tab and this is now an option by which you can filter general searches. The Overview articles are free to view for all users.
A new feature in 2015, our ‘Playlists’ are guest-edited selections of articles providing a more personal angle on the rich and diverse content of REP online. Compiled by leading scholars, many of them REP contributors, they spotlight articles in new and emerging topics, or topics that have been overlooked.
To carry out a simple search, just enter your search term in the search box and our peer-reviewed tagging and keyword system will do the rest. For a more tailored search, our Advanced Search page enables searches of bibliographies, of the archive, or within particular subjects. Search results are ranked to give you the most useful articles first, and may be refined further to show only those from a specific subject area.
All the articles are easily accessible via our main entry points: an A-Z table of contents when you Browse All; a list of subjects, divided into carefully edited sub-disciplines; and a list of all overview articles.
REP Online supports authentication by IP range, Shibboleth, Athens and user name and password. You can upload your institution’s branding for your users and download reports on searches and sessions. MARC 21 product records are available on request.