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Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae (July 2007)

Department of History & Political Science
Southeastern Louisiana University

Contact Information:

SLU 10484, University Station, Hammond, LA  70402
Voice: 985-549-5097
Fax:  985-549-2012

E-mail:  (Please change AT to @.)

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Selected Publications, Interviews & News 


Google your government!
  Search engine for U. S. Government website:

Google the scholarly world! 

Search engine for scholarly works:

Google universities!
Search engine for university websites:

Google Books!
Search engine for books in the public domain:

Information about Google's Library Project

About Google's Project to Preserve Public Domain Books

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"Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.  It works in the minutest crannies and it opens out the widest vistas.  It 'bakes no bread,' as has been said, but it can inspire our souls with courage; and repugnant as its manners, its doubting and challenging, its quibbling and dialectics, often are to common people, no one of us can get along without the far-flashing beams of light it sends over the world's perspectives."

-- William James, "The Present Dilemma in Philosophy"

Aristotle, David Hume, and John Stuart Mill are three of my favorite philosophers.  Aristotle was keenly interested in the affairs of the world and how people actually live their lives. He breaks the stereotype of the philosopher "with his head in the clouds" and gets down to the business of helping us to find intelligent ways to live among our fellow humans. David Hume is the champion of rational inquiry--the use of our powers of intelligence to overcome ignorance and superstition. He considered no area of human life to be beyond the scrutiny of critical intelligence. John Stuart Mill advocated the progressive ideas of free thought and expression and equal rights for all people regardless of gender, class, or race.  His On Liberty is the most eloquent defense in the English language of the freedom to think, to express our thoughts, and to live as conscience and personal inclination guide us.  Follow the links under their pictures for some of their most important writings.


Aristotle  384-322 B.C.

Aristotle (Online Books Page, U PENN)

Aristotle (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Aristotle (Philosophy Pages)

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David Hume  1711-1776

The Hume Society

David Hume (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

David Hume (Philosophy Pages)


John Stuart Mill  1806-1873

John Stuart Mill Links

John Stuart Mill (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

John Stuart Mill (Philosophy Pages)

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Helpful Internet Sources

Students often are unsure of whether Internet sources are genuinely useful and credible. Below are links to sources that I hope will be helpful to students when they need reliable information.  I have made every effort to include sites with great credibility and reliability. 

Reference Sources

 Electronic Texts Online

General and Specialized Dictionaries

Major Areas of  Philosophy

Philosophy Encyclopedias

Philosopher Sites

Philosophy Journals

Linus A. Sims Memorial Library

Subspecialties in Philosophy

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© Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.
Department of History and Political Science
Southeastern Louisiana University

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