Dear readers and contributors,
All the way back on June 9, 2004, I officially launched the Experimental Philosophy blog with the following introductory post:
A number of philosophers have recently begun relying on methods borrowed from social psychology to probe folk intuitions in an attempt to shed new light on old philosophical problems. This research program--sometimes called either "experimental" or "empirically informed" philosophy--has produced some interesting and important data in action theory (e.g. Knobe, Malle, Mele, Nadelhoffer), epistemology (e.g. Nichols, Stich), ethics (e.g. Doris, Stich), the free will debate (e.g. Morris, Nadelhoffer, Nahmias, Nichols, Turner) and legal theory (e.g. Malle, Nadelhoffer). Hopefully, this blog will foster cooperation among the legal theorists, philosophers, and psychologists working in these areas. Minimally, this site should serve as a forum where scholars interested in interdisciplinary research can discuss and present new ideas, data, and problems.
At the time, there were only a handful of contributors and the movement itself was in its infancy. But all of that was soon to change. During the past nine years, this blog has grown to include over 12o contributors from around the world as the popularity of experimental philosophy has continued to spread. Consequently, we recently passed 1,000,000 page views here at Experimental Philosophy (with an average of 300 visits per day). There have also been 900+ posts and 4,000+ comments.
In short, the blog has far exceeded my expectations. Indeed, it has been a privildge to watch our online community grow along with the exciting field many of us call our intellectual home. But I nevertheless think that more could be done to improve the blog.
One major change that is about to take place is that the blog will be moving to the following new address:
In addition to a new look, I will be adding some additional features to the blog in the months to come. I am currently in the process of consolodating all of my blogs under a single domain to make it easier for me to manage--which will be especially important given some of the online projects I am working to get up and running (see here for the details).
Starting August 1st, no one will be able to post or comment any longer here on the "old" Experimental Philosophy blog. All new posts will begin appearing at the new location. So, please update your bookmarks and your blogrolls! I apologize for the inconvenience, but trying to manage multiple blogs with different acounts is simply too inefficient moving forward.
Also, I do not plan to automatically invite everyone who is listed as a contributor on the old blog to be a contributor to the new blog. There are simply too many emails to track down and send (especially when most of the listed contributors rarely post or comment).
So, if you were a contributor to the old blog and you'd like to be added as a contributor to the new blog, email me and I will happily send you an invitation. The blog has always welcomed newcomers as well, so if you weren't a contibutor before but you'd like to contribute to the new enterprise, please let me know! We'd be happy to have you join the community!
Well, that's it for now. I hope to see you all at the new location starting in August. In the meantime, I just wanted to thank all of the contributors, readers, and researchers who have made it such a delight to do (and promote) experimental philosophy since this blog started nearly ten years ago. Hopefully, our best days are still ahead!
p.s. While I have imported all of the content from the old blog to the new blog, lots of information is lamentably lost. For instance, it's no longer possible to tell who wrote the older posts. Fortunately, you can still tell who wrote the comments. Once the new blog is up and running, we will once again be able to keep up with who authored the individual posts. I apologize in advance for this limitation of Typepad's import/export software.
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