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Support the SEP

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) needs your support. Over 1500 professional philosophers are donating their time and labor to collaboratively write, referee, and maintain our reference work. Our goal is to offer high-quality and authoritative discussions about values, science, religion, politics, and ideas in general. Our authors and editors are jointly producing entries on such topics as democracy, civil rights, quantum mechanics, consciousness, voluntary euthanasia, and on many other topics important to the human condition, all freely available. To cover the annual costs of administering and supporting this volunteer effort, Stanford University has partnered with the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) for the purpose of building an endowment fund for the SEP. The National Endowment for the Humanities has endorsed and supported our efforts with a Challenge Grant of $500,000.

Three Ways to Support The SEP

  • Become a Friend of the SEP and Access PDFs. Though SEP entries are freely available in HTML, you can pay modest membership dues to join the Friends of the SEP Society and become entitled to download high quality PDF (Portable Document Format) versions of SEP entries.
  • Make a Donation. Please consider supporting the SEP by making a generous tax-deductible contribution.
  • SEPIA for Libraries. We encourage libraries and other institutions to support the SEP by joining the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy International Association and receiving member benefits.

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