Given a look at the history of philosophy, one can argue that philosophical methods have evolved from those of the Pre-Socratics to contemporary methods which rely heavily on citations and the university system. Notably Pre-Socratic dialogue occurred before the formal articulations of rational and empirical doctrines so at a bare minimum, epistemic methods are far more standardized. But so too did the printing press affect how philsophical discourse is conducted.


To the best of this forum's knowledge and as a complement to this closed PhilSE post: Philosophy of Synergy and Collaboration, is there any contemporary philosophical literature on how computer fora and hypertext among whom and how philosophical discourse is or may be impacted? Please use your discretion interpreting 'contemporary' and 'hypertext'.


Some potential domains of philosophy that may touch this:

Any modality of reference is welcomed including books, papers, fora, and videos.

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    Niall Ferguson has nice points about parallels between the introduction of the printing press and the internet youtu.be/3192e00j1T8 You might be able to apply the other idea of strange loops to the tangled hierarchies of discussion & investigation eg absoluteirony.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/… Baudrillard & philosophers of media.. I am sceptical about any fundamental impact, because for instance here essay is still the key form. Though Wikipedia is accurate, collaborative, and has greatly expanded access to ideas.. – CriglCragl Oct 30 '20 at 9:38
  • @CriglCragl Thanks! – J D Oct 30 '20 at 14:59
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    Of all possible references to be included you choose Memepedia for every single one? People can just type those words into (ugh) Google, and those links will likely be the first result. – user31740 Oct 31 '20 at 3:54
  • @William I have a text substitution utility. I type 'phnewwel' and out comes: 'Welcome to SE Philosophy! Thanks for your contribution. Please take a quick moment to take the tour or find help. You can perform searches here or seek additional clarification at the meta site. Don't forget, when someone has answered your question, you can click on the checkmark to reward the contributor.' – J D Oct 31 '20 at 3:57
  • I'm an altruist and try to add value. Questions, comments, and feedback always welcomed. (phqcf) – J D Oct 31 '20 at 3:58

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