Free On-line Dictionary of Philosophy

FOLDOP is a searchable dictionary of technical words, concepts, acronyms, ideas, theories and some jokes in philosophy. As the name indicates, it is based on FOLDOC,, the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing edited, by Denis Howe. Without Denis' help and technical support FOLDOP would have never been possible.

The engine and design of FOLDOP are copyright 1993 by Denis Howe.

The philosophical contents of FOLDOP are copyright 2001 by Luciano Floridi, unless an entry is a quotation, in which case the source to which the copyright belongs, is indicated.

Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this dictionary or works derived from it, provided that every such copy or derived work carries the above copyright notice and is distributed under terms identical to these. Individual definitions from this dictionary may be used without restriction provided no more than twenty are used in any one work.

Please refer to the dictionary as "The Free On-line Dictionary of Philosophy Version 2.4.,, Editors Luciano Floridi, Gian Paolo Terravecchia".

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