PhilSci Archive

An Archive for Preprints in Philosophy of Science

System Notice

On Thursday June 2nd, the PhilSci-Archive will be down for approximately 9 hours beginning at 9:00AM EDT as we upgrade the system to a new version. During this time, you will not be able to create new records or make any other changes, although you will still be able to search and retrieve documents in the archive.

If you have any questions or concerns please email

Welcome to PhilSci-Archive, an electronic archive for in the philosophy of science. It is offered as a free service to the philosophy of science community. The goal of the archive is to promote communication in the field by the rapid dissemination of new work. PhilSci-Archive invites preprints, as well as postprints published under a Creative Commons license, in all areas of philosophy of science, including general philosophy of science, philosophy of particular sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, psychology, etc.), feminist philosophy of science, socially relevant philosophy of science, history and philosophy of science and history of the philosophy of science.

Viewing Material on PhilSci-Archive

There are several ways to view material in the archive. Do a simple search using the box above, or do an Advanced Search to find something specific. You can also simply browse PhilSci-Archive for particular subjects, years and conferences using the links in the sidebar to the left.

You can receive alerts when new posts appear on PhilSci-Archive, either by email, or by your favorite RSS reader. Signing up is easy: just choose one of PhilSci-Archive's various Notification Options.

Posting Material on PhilSci-Archive

First time posters should first consult the Archive Policy, and then create a new account. Once logged in, click the "New Item" button to start the process of uploading your paper to PhilSci-Archive.

By posting a preprint on PhilSci-Archive, you can share your work with thousands of subscribing philosophers of science. Posts can be updated with new versions or links to the publication when it appears in a journal. The posting of preprints is also encouraged by most philosophy of science journals. For individual journal policies, please consult this list. Postprints published under a Creative Commons license may also be posted.

Conference and Volume Sections

There is a special section for those organizing conferences or preparing volumes of papers and seeking an easy way to circulate advance copies of papers. Invited participants can follow these instructions to post their papers on a designated conference or volume page. This page can now also be used to automatically generate a PDF preprint volume upon request. More about PDF preprint volumes...

If you would like to add your conference or volume, or create a PDF preprint volume, contact PhilSci-Archive at

Sponsored by


  • There are currently 4880 articles available in this archive.

PhilSci-Archive supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of