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The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) is a dynamic reference work that is written and kept up to date by selected scholars in philosophy and related fields. All entries and substantive revisions are refereed by our Editorial Board before publication. Accessing the SEP online is fast and easy with the SEP iPhone Reader, which has the following features:

To find entries:
- browse the Table of Contents that lists every available entry
- watch the What's New page for newly published entries and the latest revisions
- search by keyword or title
- bookmark entries you want to revisit -- you can even bookmark individual sections of entries
- browse your history, grouped by last visit date
- jump to a random entry

Within each entry:
- search for keywords and navigate highlighted results
- jump to any section / subsection within the entry
- resize the font
- lock the screen orientation

Tip: To scroll to the top of an SEP entry, hit the title bar at the top of the iPhone's screen.

Notes: The SEP iPhone Reader requires a network connection as entries are retrieved from our server at The application will always remain advertisement free.

We thank Robert Chin for donating his time to develop this application which is powered by his Metapanion Engine.

What's New in Version 1.0.1

-Corrected the text of some error messages

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Customer Reviews


I love Stanford's online dictionary of philosophy and really appreciate their making it available. But the SEP app was completely nonfunctional for me re. the iPhone 6+ running iOS 8. It crashed a number of times when just starting to type something into the search engine. On the rare occasion that I was actually able to start a search, e.g. say for "constructive empiricism" (which I already know has an entry in the online encyclopedia) I got a page that showed (only):
here: Constructive Empiricism
Back to the drawing board...

Good, but needs work

I love reading SEP articles in my spare time. I really wanted to like this app, and I'm glad some progress towards making SEP content available as an app. However, the app is often slow and clunky, and some articles never load (e.g. Pierre Duhem). The interface is fine otherwise.

Also, an iPad app is in serious need. I can't begin to express how awesome that would be.

At this moment, this app is utterly useless

I agree with Dan G.C. In saying that this app is in desperate need of updating. Last update: 2009? Oh my. Well, it's 2014 now, and every time I attempt to read anything in this app, the thing crashes. At this point, it is utterly useless. I say this only to be proactive. The database itself is absolutely astounding, and I have been using it for years now.

Please hear our concerns - as I'm sure you have - and with great haste, please fix this app. Thank you for reading this!

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  • Free
  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 0.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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