Selected Resources for: Philosophy

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Susan Gangl

This subject covers: aesthetics, epistemology, logic, ethics, history of philosophy, moral and political philosophy, philosophy of logic and mathematics, philosophy of mind and psychology, philosophy of science.

Article Databases and Indexes

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Provides indexing and abstracts from books and over 270 journals on philosophy and related interdisciplinary fields published in the U.S. and the Western World. Database Fact Sheet available at

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

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This online bibliography lists books and articles about philosophy and history of philosophy including: Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance to Enlightenment, 19th and 20th Centuries, and Non-Western Traditions. Language scope: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan. The International Philosophical Bibliography covers all issues 1997 to present. The Retrospective file covers selected pre-1996 listings. The starting point of the bibliography changes daily. Check MNCAT for corresponding print version.

Full texts of articles in academic journals covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides backruns from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases there may be a backlog of several years. JSTOR also increasingly offers the full texts of complete monographs, including books on music.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Directory of American Philosophers

Quarto B935 .D5 Wilson Reference; latest edition in Wilson Reference

International Directory of Philosophy and Philosophers

Quarto B35 .I55 Wilson; latest edition in Wilson Reference

Women Philosophers: a Bio-Critical Source Book

This book "covers more than 170 women born before 1920 who wrote about or pondered questions of Western intellectual life. The volume includes extensive bibliographies of both primary and secondary works about each philosopher." –The Philosophers Index B105 .W6 K47 1989 Wilson Reference


Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy

WILSON Reference B41 .C35 1995

HarperCollins Dictionary of Philosophy 2d ed

WILSON Reference B41 .A6 1992

Expanding on the original Dictionary of the History of Ideas (1974), edited by Philip Wiener, the New Dictionary has a broader scope introducing global- and gender-neutral perspectives not present in the earlier print edition. In 700 accessible articles, alphabetically arranged, a distinguished team of international scholars explore new thinking in areas previously covered (communism, linguistics, physics) and present cross-cultural perspectives on more recent topics such as postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonialism.


Described by Booklist as "the best and most comprehensive English-language reference source for philosophy. Macmillan Reference USA, c2006. Gale/Cengage.

Offers articles, many written by specialized philosophers, that are browsable by era or searchable by keyword.

Islamic philosophy from its origin to the present [electronic resource]

view MNCAT record to access electronic book.

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The first multi-volume Encyclopedia to be published in the discipline in over thirty years, REP is now regarded as the definitive resource in the field. Features 2,000 original entries from a team of over 1,300 of the world's most respected scholars and philosophers.

Shorter Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy [electronic resource]

view MNCAT record to access electronic book. SEE ALSO CD version in Wilson: Title: Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy AND Print edition: Quarto B41 .R68 Vol. 1-10 WILSON Reference; MAGRATH Ref

A "dynamic" reference work, with each entry maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. Includes articles on individual philosophers, schools, and concepts. The SEP is an open-access resource supported by the University of Minnesota Libraries and Department of Philosophy.

General Reference Works

Major correspondence centred on the "long 18th century," supporting critical apparatus, and additional research carried out by EE.

Handbooks and Manuals

Handbook of Metaphysics and Ontology

BD111 .H225 1991; WILSON Reference

Key Ideas in Human Thought

B41 .K48 1993 WILSON Reference

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

This is a privately owned, commercial website. It is operated by Greece Http Ltd. and is not affiliated with any government entity. Read our Privacy Policy © Copyright 2005 & Greece Http Ltd. - All Rights Reserved. The biographies of the Ancient Greek authors are under the GNU Free Documentation License.

This cluster of full-text databases includes works by Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, the Continental Rationalists (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz), and British philosophers from 1600-1900 (Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, plus Dewey, Kierkegaard, Nietzsches, Peirce, ;Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill; and Wittgenstein.

Web Sites

EthicShare is a research and collaboration website designed to help with research, collaboration, and participation in the field of ethics. It is a comprehensive collection of ethics materials including research materials, group discussions, current news articles, and upcoming events harvested from sources such as PubMed, US Government Documents, and institutional repositories. See also their Summary of Topics at Summaries

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Titles

User friendly site at Philosophy Compass home page
home page ) is an online-only journal publishing peer-reviewed survey articles of the most important research from and current thinking from across the entire discipline
In an age of hyper-specialization, Philosophy Compass provides an ideal starting point for the non-specialist, offering pointers for researchers, teachers and students alike, to help them find and interpret the best research in the field.

a user-friendly, browsable home page to Philosophy Compass, with special features introducing readers to topics in the field of philosophy.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. ECCO is a comprehensive digital edition of /The Eighteenth Century/, the world's largest library of the printed book on microfilm. ECCO allows full-text searching of over 180,000 titles English-language titles and editions -- in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. It includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Contains a wide range of information on publications, conferences, web resources, etc.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

University of Minnesota

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