Why a network?
Idealism is a minority position in contemporary philosophy, but it was widely defended in the past, and is now a major topic in the history of philosphy. Most work on idealism done these days is within the history of philosophy, studying the works of the great idealists of the past, resulting in an impressive body of work. Historians of philosophy have many successful societies and recurring conferences, and a great sense of community. However, those who defend idealist positions in contemporary philosophy are scattered around the world, sometimes with little interaction with other idealist philosophers, and with no societies focusing on contemporary idealism. The Idealism Network hopes to overcome this deficit by introducing and connecting those working on contemporary idealism to each other, which hopefully will lead to an exchange of ideas, cooperation, and further reseach on idealism in its many different forms.