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Resources in Philosophy

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General Reference Works

The Oxford Dictionary of PhilosophyUofT logo Ed. Simon Blackburn. Oxford; New York: OUP, 1994. [ version, 2nd ed., 2005]
B 41 .B53 2005
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The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy Nicholas Bunnin and Jiyuan Yu. Blackwell Pub., 2004.
B 41 .B79 2004 Reference
The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy Ed. Robert Audi. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge UP, 1999.
B 41 .C35 1999 Reference
The Dictionary of Continental Philosophy Ed. John Potevi. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.
B 41 .D46 2006 Reference
Hutchinson Dictionary of Idea Ed. Anne—Lucie Norton.
B41 .H88 1995 Reference
The Encyclopedia of Philosophy 10—Volume Set. Gale Publishing. Comprehensive and containing wide—ranging philosophical subjects compiled by a 21—member board of scholars headed by Donald Borchert (Ohio University).
B51 .E53 2006 Reference
The Oxford Companion to PhilosophyUofT logo Ed. Ted Honderich. Oxford; New York: OUP. 2nd ed. 2005 available Dictionary style entries for concepts and brief biographies. Good for Quick reference. appendices: Logical symbols; Maps of philosophy; Chronological table of philosophy.
B 51 .O94 2005 2nd Ed. Reference
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Ed. Edward Craig. London; New York: Routledge, 1998. [online version, 2000] The largest English—language encyclopedia of philosophy. Broader in scope than the Encyclopedia of Philosophy (above). Covers more comprehensively areas not previously considered as part of the Anglo—American academic mainstream (e.g., feminism, Asian philosophy, Islamic philosophy). Entries include concepts, themes, and thinkers within various philosophical traditions and bibliographies. Vol. 10 provides an index for access.
B 51 .R68 1998 Reference 1—10
Historical Dictionary of Ancient Greek Philosophy Preus, Anthony.
B111 .P74 2007 Reference
Philosophical Dictionary Bunge, Mario.
B791 .B765 2003 Reference
A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and fifteen Minutes Gombrowicz, Witold. Introduction to Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Heidegger and Marx.
B792 .G6513 2004 Stacks
The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Philosophy Rutherford, Donald.
B801.C345 2006 Stacks
The Columbia Companion to Twentieth—century Philosophies Boundas, Constantin V.
B804 .C55 2007 Reference
Fifty Key Contemporary Thinkers: From Structuralism to Post—humanism Lechte, John.
B804 .L32 2008 Reference
American Philosophy: an Encyclopedia John Lachs, Robert Talisse, Editors.
B850 . A43 2008 Reference
The Philosopher’s Toolkit Baggini, Julian & Peter S. Fosl. A textbook on basic philosophical methods and critical thinking. Sections include: Basic Tools for Argument; Tools for Assessment; Tools for Conceptual Distinctions; and Tools for Radical Critique. A detailed contents section and index provide access.
BC 177 .B19 2003 Stacks
Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas Ed. Philip P. Wiener. New York: Scribner, 1973—74. Covers selective ideas from a wide range of topics, concentrating on the history of these ideas and “tracing the cultural roots and historical ramifications of the major and minor specialized concerns of the mind” (from the preface).
CB 5 .D52 Reference 1—5
The Ism Book an online dictionary of philosophy.

Branches of Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy Ed. Oliver Leaman. London; New York: Routledge, 2001. Provides introductions to the many branches, themes, problems and concepts in Asian philosophy. A name and subject index provide access. All entries are signed with brief bibliographies. (Also see Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy — B 121 .C66 1997 Reference).
B 121 .E53 2001 Reference
Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy Ed. Antonio S. Cua. New York: Routledge, 2003. Provides entries that discuss major periods, thinkers and central concepts and problems in Chinese philosophy. Extensive treatment of the history of Confucianism from the classical period through to the 20th century. All articles contain bibliographies.
B 126 .E496 2003 Reference
Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy Ed. Donald J. Zeyl. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997. Reference work in the philosophy of Greek and Roman antiquity. Of particular use in that its bibliographies provide resources for relatively obscure thinkers and concepts that may otherwise be hard to find. Includes a chronological outline of classical philosophy and an index.
B 163 .E53 1997 Reference
Gnostic Philosophy: from Ancient Persia to Modern Times Tobias Churton.
B638 .C48 2005 Stacks
Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy Ed. Simon Glendinning. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. This encyclopedia offers a comprehensive overview of central movements, authors, and themes that comprise continental philosophy. Introductory essays are followed by essays on the major ideas, themes and authors within these traditions. Sections include: Classical idealism; Philosophy of existence; Philosophies of life and understanding; Phenomenology; Politics, psychoanalysis and science; Frankfurt school and critical theory; Structuralism; and Post—Structuralism.
B791 .E34 1999 Reference
History of Continental Philosophy General Editor Alan D. Schrift. First comprehensive history of the continental tradition of philosophy divided chronologically and thematically, into eight volumes.
B791 .H57 2010 Reference vols. 1 – 8
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment Ed. Alan Charles Kors. New York: OUP, 2003. Coveris all aspects of culture, politics, science and philosophy from 1670 to the early 1800s in nearly 700 entries, this encyclopedia offers a good introduction to, and reference source for, enlightenment thought. Major philosophical areas of the period are covered. All entries are signed and contain bibliographies. An extensive index provides excellent subject access.
B 802 .E47 2003 Reference vols. 1 – 4
Columbia Companion to Twentieth—Century Philosophies Ed. Constantin V. Boundas. Cover both the Anglo—American analytic and European continental traditions.
B804 .C55 2007 Reference
The Handbook of Western Philosophy Ed. G.H.R. Parkinson. New York: Macmillan, 1998. This handbook provides surveys of issues within the Anglo—Saxon philosophical tradition through essays that are arranged thematically in sections. Beyond providing overviews of major themes, this handbook attempts to illustrate connections between various philosophical issues. Major sections address: Meaning and Truth; Theory of Knowledge; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Mind; Moral Philosophy; and Society, Art and Religion. Each essay contains a bibliography. A glossary of philosophical terms, a chronological survey of enlightenment and modern philosophy, and an index are provided.
B 804 .H17 1988 Reference
Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy Moran, Dermot.
B804 .R68 2008 Stacks
Historical Dictionary of Existentialism Michelman, Stephen.
B819 .M53 2008 Reference
Understanding Phenomenology Cerbone, David R.
B829.5 .C46 2006 Stacks
Handbook of Metaphysics and Ontology EdHans Burkhardt & Barry Smith. Munich; Philadelphia: Philosophia Verlag, 1991. Provides overviews of the most important theories, thinkers, ideas and concepts in metaphysics and ontology. Entries vary substantially in length, are signed, and contain bibliographies.
BD 111 .H225 1991 Reference 1—2
Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy Ed. A. C. Grayling.
B1111 .C66 2006 Reference 1—4
The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology Ed. Paul K. Moser. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Essays spanning the whole field of epistemology, presenting current research and theory in the area by leading thinkers, as well as an introductory chapter giving an overview to the area. Each essay has extensive references for further reading.
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The Philosophy of Mind and Cognition: An Introduction Eds. David Braddon—Mitchell and frank Mitchell.
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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics Ed. Michael Kelly. New York: OUP, 1998. The largest English—language work devoted to aesthetics. Covers individuals, concepts, periods, theories, issues and movements in the history of aesthetics from most ancient up to the present through more than 600 essays. All entries signed and contain bibliographies. The work is indexed.
BH 56 .E53 1998 Reference 1—4
The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics Ed. Jerrold Levinson. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Forty—eight essays giving a comprehensive guide to the theory, application, history, and future of the field. Extensive reference list provide further reading.
BH 56 .O94 2003 Stacks
Dictionary of Ethics, Theology and Society Ed. Paul Barry Clarke & Andrew Linzey. London; New York: Routledge, 1996. This interdisciplinary work provides entries that map out the major ethical, theological and political influences that form ‘Western society’, taking as its starting point that “Western society continues to be deeply indebted to the Judeo—Christian tradition and its synthesis with political and social thought” (from the introduction). The index provides subject access for terms not constituting entries unto themselves.
BJ 63 .D45 1996 Reference
Encyclopedia of Ethics Ed. Susan Neiburg Terkel. New York: Facts on File, 1999. Intended for quick reference, this work operates as a dictionary—like, general introduction to ethics that clarifies terms and movements common to the field. Entries are cross—referenced.
BJ 63 .E46 1999 Reference
Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language Ed. Peter V. Lamarque. Kidlington, Oxford; New York: Pergamon, 1997. This encyclopedia deals with issues in the philosophy of language, as well as issues from linguistics (mostly empirical studies) that may pertain to the philosophy of language. Entries are arranged thematically in sectionsincluding: Language, Metaphysics and Ontology; Language and Mind; Truth and Meaning; Reference; Language and Logic; Formal Sematics; Pragmatics and Speech Act Theory; and major 19th and 20th century thinkers. An index provides access.
P 106 .C5946 1997 Reference
Logic from A to Z Michael Detlefsen, David Charles McCarty & John B. Bacon. London; New York : Routledge, 1999. A glossary of terms used in formal logic and the philosophy of mathematics to assist people in mastering this complex area of philosophy. Contains a table of logical symbols.
QA 9 .D474 1999 Reference
Encyclopedia of Bioethics Ed. Warren Thomas Reich. New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan; London: Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall International, 1995.
QH 332 .E52 1995 Reference 1—5

Blackwell Companions to Philosophy

All Blackwell Companions to Philosophy are published Oxford; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell.

The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy Ed. Nicholas Bunnin.
B 21 .B65 2003 Reference
A Companion to World Philosophies Ed. Eliot Deutsch.
B 121 .C664 1997 Stacks
A Companion to Continental Philosophy Ed. Simon Critchley.
B 803 .C66 1998 Reference
A Companion to Analytic Philosophy Ed. Alysius Martinich.
B 808.5 .C555 2001 Stacks
A Companion to Philosophical Logic Ed. Dale Jacquette.
BC 71 .C65 2002 Reference
A Companion to Metaphysics Ed. Jaegwon Kim.
BD 111 .C626 1995 Reference
A Companion to Epistemology Ed. Johathan Dancy and Ernest Sosa.
BD 161 .C637 1992 Reference
A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind Ed. Samuel D. Guttenplan.
BD 418.3 .C62 1994 Reference
A Companion to Aesthetics Ed. Berys Gaut and Dominic McIver Lopes.
BH 56 .C65 1992 Reference
A Companion to Ethics Ed. Peter Singer.
BJ 1012 C62 1991 Reference
A Companion to Philosophy of Religion Ed. Philip L. Quinn.
BL 51 .C634 1997 Reference
A Companion to Environmental Philosophy Ed. Dale Jamieson.
GE 40 .C66 2001 Stacks
A Companion to Feminist Philosophy Ed. Alison Jaggar.
HQ 1190 .C665 1998 Stacks
A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy Ed. Robert E. Goodin.
JA 71 .C565 1993 Reference

Electronic Indexes

The Philosopher’s Index 1940 + [Web]UofT logo Provides indexing and abstracts from books and journals of philosophy and related fields. It covers the areas of ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic as well as material on the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language.
Z 7127 .P47 P465 1998 Reference
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Routledge Encyclopedia of PhilosophyPratt logo A comprehensive resource. Articles from all continents, all periods and cultures. This is the electronic version of the highly-regarded print encyclopedia published in 1998. Articles cover, amongst others, Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy. Quarterly updates and additions.
ATLA Religion Database 1949 + [Web]UofT logo Covers such topics as Biblical studies, world religions, Church history and religious perspectives on social issues. The Database contains over one million records covering the research literature of religion in 26 languages. It includes article citations from 650 journals, essay citations from 14,000 multi—author works, and book review citations.
Iter Selective from 1859 + [Web]UofT logo Covers periodical literature dealing with the the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Humanities Abstracts 1984 + [Web]UofT logo Provides comprehensive abstracting and indexing of 400 English—language periodicals covering the areas of archaeology, classical studies, art, performing arts, philosophy, history, music, linguistics, literature, and religion.
Left Index 1682 + [Web]UofT logo Provides access to literature on the political left, including political, economic, social, and cultural issues. Topics covered include the labour movement, race, social and cultural theory, art and aesthetics, globalization and philosophy.
Arts & Humanities Citation Index 1975 + [Web]UofT logo A multidisciplinary database covering numerous topics, including philosophy, within the humanities. Of particular use is the ability to search for articles that have cited a particular and/or known article. This index defaults to searching three databases concurrently (Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences), and users are encouraged to only search the required database to eliminate numerous false hits.
Francis 1984 + [Web]UofT logo Another multidisciplinary database that covers literature in the humanities and social sciences. After ‘LOGON’, the default database is RLG Union Catalogue. To switch to Francis, select it from the options on the right side of the screen.
JSTOR [Web]UofT logo A full—text database that includes 17 philosophy journals. Coverage of journals generally runs from first issue, although most current issues are not generally available or indexed.

Philosophy on the WWW

Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Episteme Links: Philosophy Resources on the Internet [Gateway]
Philosophy in Cyberspace [Gateway]
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet [Gateway]
Philosophy Pages An extensive site that covers the Western philosophical tradition. Includes: Dictionary of Philosophical Names and Terms; survey of the History of Western Philosophy; Timelines for intellectual figures; Summary treatment of elementary principles of logic; and a generic study guide for students.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Essay—length articles on various aspects, themes and figures in philosophy. Articles written by philosophers who have published refereed articles on their respective topics.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy.

compiled by: Adam taves, Gabbi Zaldin | updated: October 2011