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David Morrow, Creator
Chris Alen Sula, Creator

The Phylosophy Project (Phylo) explores the origins of contemporary philosophy by looking at historical relationships between individuals, institutions, and ideas. These relationships are contained in a database of primary and secondary documents and rendered using data visualization tools.

Phylo was created by David Morrow and Chris Alen Sula in the PhD/MA Program in Philosophy and the New Media Lab at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The project is maintained by our many users who upload data.


pdficon.jpg 07.2007 An Introduction to Phylo.pdf (596K)
pdficon.jpg 07.2007 Five Principles of Phylo.pdf (512K)

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Content Management System: Drupal 6
Database: MySQL
Coding (HTML/CSS/XML/PHP/JavaScript): TextWrangler
JavaScript Library: jQuery
Visualizations: Adobe Flex, Google Maps
Blog: WordPress

Phylo has been made possible through financial support from the New Media Lab and the Doctoral Students' Council of the City University of New York. We are also grateful to numerous hosts during our library research.

Several members of the CUNY Graduate Center have served as ongoing sources of advice and thinking partners for the project. In particular, we acknowledge our thesis advisor, Catherine Wilson, whose avid naturalism and keen mind for the history and philosophy of science empowered two ethicists to undertake a large empirical study of the history of philosophy. David Rosenthal provided the first occasion for this study (our interest in the development of American pragmatism during his Quine and Sellars course), as well as useful information about past datasets. Early discussions with Steve Brier, Anthony Picciano, Dee Clayman, John Greenwood, and Julie Cunningham helped to shape the scope of the project, and regular advice from the New Media Lab staff and researchers provided immense help and encouragement over the course of development. Ongoing conversations with Shawn Rice helped bring balance to the philosophical content and fresh ideas to the site technology.

We are grateful to several members of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy, including Tony Beavers, Colin Allen, and the NA-CAP 2007 participants, for their constructive and critical feedback.

We also thank our faithful and precise copyeditor, Abbi Leman, as well as the many archive librarians who have assisted in our research.

Above all, we recognize our participants in the project, including several survey respondents and the scholars, students, and teachers who use and contribute to Phylo.