Peter Suber (born November 8, 1951) is the creator of the game Nomic and a leading voice in the open access movement. He is the senior research professor of philosophy at Earlham College, the open access project director at Public Knowledge, and a senior researcher at SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).
Suber graduated from Earlham in 1973, received a PhD. in philosophy in 1978 and a Juris Doctor in 1982, both from Northwestern University. He worked as a stand-up comic from 1976 to 1981, including an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1976. Suber returned to Earlham College as a professor from 1982 to 2003 where he taught classes on philosophy, law, logic, and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, among other topics.
Suber participated in the 2001 meeting that led to the world's first major international open access initiative, the Budapest Open Access Initiative. He writes Open Access News and the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, considered the most authoritative blog and newsletter on open access.
In philosophy, Suber is the author of The Paradox of Self-Amendment (Lang 1990), the first book-length study of self-referential paradoxes in law, and The Case of the Speluncean Explorers: Nine New Opinions (Routledge 1998), the first book-length "rehearing" of Lon Fuller's classic, fictional case. He has also written many articles on self-reference, ethics, formal and informal logic, the philosophy of law, the history of philosophy, and open access to science and scholarship.
- Personal website
- Open Access News (Suber's blog)
- SPARC Open Access Newsletter (Suber's newsletter)
- Peter Suber's Writings on Open Access
- Peter Suber's writings on philosophy and other subjects
- Peter Suber interviewed by Richard Poynderde:Peter Suber