Welcome to Terminal Philosophy!
Let's build the best philosophy forum on the internet. Terminal Philosophy is a community platform that is designed to be a hub for learning philosophy online. We envision a place where amateur philosophers can come to: read explanations, browse supplemental resources, ask questions, and engage in constructive philosophical discussions about specific works of philosophy. The forums are organized by individual philosophers and by specific works of philosophy.
Why Terminal Philosophy is needed:
The current state of internet philosophy is disorganized, frustrating, and unproductive. There are other online philosophy forums, but the discussions are separated by major sub-fields of academic philosophy like "Metaphysics" and "Ethics." These categories are so broad that they become dumping grounds for topics and questions that can't be searched for, and often go unread. Specific questions like: "What did Schopenhauer mean by 'The most universal forces of nature exhibit themselves as the lowest grade of the will's objectification' ?" get lost in a pile of general philosophy topics.
Philosophy on Reddit also suffers from these organizational issues. Philosophy discussion on 4channel.org is split between /lit/ and /his/, and is too fast to be useful. Facebook and Twitter are not designed for long term and in depth discussions.
It can be daunting to pick up a new work of philosophy. Currently the only way to find information about a specific philosopher or work of philosophy is to Google it. There are tons of philosophy resources available online. Wikipedia is a great place to find condensed information about specific philosophers and their works. There are lectures, guides, and papers on many university websites. Youtube has quality philosophy overviews and introductions. But all this information is scattered across the internet.
The structure of Terminal Philosophy is designed to produce a platform where philosophy content can be searched, browsed, and found. Every major work of philosophy will have a collection of resources in its Resources Pinned Topic. The forum is expected to be slow, but because it is organized, each post will reach an audience that is interested in responding. With your help, we can make Terminal Philosophy the best philosophy site on the internet!
How you can help grow Terminal Philosophy
- Read philosophy books and post about them
- Add links and resources to the Resources Pinned Topics. (or create your own Resources Topic, and we will pin it for you)
- Post topics with your ideas, your thoughts, or your questions
- Respond to topics
- Create reading guides or helpful philosophy content
- Suggest additional philosophers and philosophical works that you would like to post about
- Spread the word