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Resources for Philosophy


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Philosophy involves the critical examination of the grounds for fundamental beliefs and an exploration of the means for examining those fundamental beliefs. This guide to research materials in philosophy lists some of the major reference works and indexes available in the field. It is not complete; do not hesitate to ask a librarian for further ideas if you are not finding what you need.

Table of Contents:

Indexes and Databases
For additional resources, please see Selected Resources for Philosophy.
  • Philosopher's Index
    Bowling Green, OH: Philosophy Documentation Center 1980-present.
    The most complete index to publications in the field, including books, articles, essays in books, etc. Each year, a different set of publications is covered, so you have to not only use it, you have to use it over and over. This is definitely a resource to consult, even though it's not electronic and take a little more commitment to use!
    • Location(s): Ref B 72 .P49
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. This index fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and also includes some individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Some of the disciplines covered include archaeology, linguistics, art, literature, music, philosophy, dance, history, religion and theater.

    Note: To limit searches to this database, please verify that only it is checked on the initial search screen.
    1997-present; updated weekly

  • JSTOR
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
Reference Works
  • Companion to the Philosophy of Mind
    Oxford: Blackwell 1994
    Covers concepts such as desire, consciousness, imagination, language of thought, memory, and the will in lengthy essays. There are also essays by prominent philosophers on their won theory as well as an extensive introductory "essay on mind." This is not a source for quick definitions, but rather a collection of survey essays that delve into the concepts explored.
    • Location(s): Ref BD 48.3 .C62 1994
  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
    New York:Oxford UP 1998
    Covers individuals, concepts, periods, theories, and movements in aesthetics, with each essay written by a specialist.
    • Location(s): Ref BH 56 .E53 1998
    1998
  • Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics
    San Diego, CA: Academic 2012 2nd ed. edition
    Offers excellent overviews of ways in which a wide variety of issues can be analyzed from an ethical standpoint. Includes articles on such topics as advertising, affirmative action, fetal research, religion in schools, and many other topics.
    • Location(s): Ref BJ 63 .E53 2012
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics
    Macmillan 2004 3rd edition
    Covers issues and controversies in bioethics in lengthy, scholarly articles, each one accompanied by a current bibliography of key sources.
    • Location(s): Ref QH 332 .E52 2004
    5 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
    New York: Oxford University Press 2002
    Offers a broad range of entries about individuals and concepts related to the Enlightenment in Europe and America.
    • Location(s): Ref B 802 .E53 2002 (4 vols.)
  • Encyclopedia of Ethics
    New York: Routledge 2001 2nd ed. edition
    Provides articles on ethical theory, including history, major traditions, and ethical issues related to law, social problems, technology, economic systems, and other issues.
    • Location(s): Ref BJ 63 .E45 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Detroit: Macmillan Reference 2006 2nd ed. edition
    A recent update of a classic source of substantial essays on philosophers and their ideas. All of the articles and references have been updated to reflect current philosophical thought, and many entries have been added for contemporary issues and philosophers.
    • Location(s): Ref B 51 .E53 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics
    Detroit: Macmillan Reference 2005
    Offers scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics on philosophical approaches to science and ethical issues in society such as rights and reproduction, informed consent, and environmental ethics. An extraordinary resource for any philosophical issue related to science or technology.
    • Location(s): Ref Q 175.35 .E53 2005
  • New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
    New York: Scribner's 2005
    Covers a wide range of ideas historically and internationally. Particularly strong for overviews of current ideas taken in historical context, listing essential and significant texts that contributed to the development of concepts.
    • Location(s): Ref CB 9 .N49 2005
  • The Philosophy of Science: An Encyclopedia
    New York: Routledge 2006
    An excellent source for overviews of philosophers and their ideas as well as essays on theories and concepts in science from a philosophical angle.
    • Location(s): Ref Q 174.7 .P55 2006
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    London: Routledge 1998
    A vast encyclopedia of the field that extends the classic Encyclopedia of Philosophy by adding both new topics and approaches to philosophy, but also by including new approaches and new research on classical philosophy. New areas covered in this work include philosophical approaches based on feminism, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, and postmodernism.
    • Location(s): Ref B 51 .R68 1998
Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of philosophy.
  • B Philosophy
  • BC Logic
  • BD Speculative philosophy
    • 10-41 General philosophical works
    • 95-131 Metaphysics
    • 143-236 Epistemology, Theory of knowledge
    • 240-241 Methodology
    • 300-450 Ontology
    • 493-718 Cosmology
  • BH Aesthetics
  • BJ Ethics
  • Q 173 Philosophy of Science
    • 335 Artificial Intelligence


Journals

Print journals are housed in the periodicals collection on the first floor of the library.
  • Agriculture and Human Values
    v.20:no.1(2003:spring)-
  • American Philosophical Quarterly
    v.16(1979)-
  • British Journal of Aesthetics
    v.21(1981)-
  • Canadian Journal of Philosophy
    v.9(1979)-
  • Food, culture, & society
    v.7:no.1(2004:spring)-
  • International Philosophical Quarterly
    v.23(1983)-
  • Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
    v.12-13(2000)-
  • Journal of Philosophy
    v.96(1999:Jan-Jun)-
  • Journal of Speculative Philosophy
    v.17:no.3(2003)-
  • Mind
  • Monist
    v.47:no.1(1962:autumn)-
  • Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic
    v.22:no.1(1981)-
  • Philosophical Review
    RETAINS LATEST 10 YEARS IN PRINT
  • Philosophy & Rhetoric
    v.13-14(1980-81)-
  • Philosophy East & West
    v.47(1997)-
  • Pluralist: The Journal of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy
    v.5:no.1(2010)-
  • Project MUSE
    Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
    1993-present
  • Radical Philosophy Review
    v.12(2009)-
  • Review of Metaphysics
    v.15(1962:Jun)-
  • JSTOR
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
Websites

General Resources
  • Portals and Search Engines
  • Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
  • Ethics
    • Ethics Update
      This page is "designed primarily to be used by ethics instructors and their students." Includes useful links to theory (justice, religion, rights) and applied ethics (animal rights, environmental ethics, world hunger).
  • News
    • The Philosopher's Magazine on the Web
      Maintained by the editors of Philosophers' Magazine, this site includes articles on philosophy written in non-technical language, focusing on issues such as environmental ethics, current approaches to classical texts, and philosophical approaches to current events.
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