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Philosophy: Reference Sources

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Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The first multi-volume encyclopedia of philosophy published in over 30 years, it contains over 2,000 original articles from over 1,300 leading experts across the discipline of philosophy. Topics include Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy.

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Oxford Bibliographies Online

Oxford Bibliographies Online

A peer-reviewed guide to the best scholarship in the field.

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Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Includes a timeline of Western philosophy and keyword list of philosophy terms and noted individuals. Features of the timeline include movements (Scientific Revolution) within periods (Renaissance Philosophy) and people associated with the movement (Bacon, Galile).

 

 

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

In addition to long essays devoted to the great American and British philosophers, this book includes entries on less monumental figures such as John Stuart Mill and William James. Contemporary philosophers are not overlooked with entries dedicated to thinkers such as Peter Singer. As expected, ideas, arguments, theories and the like are included. Helpful extras are the chronological table of philosophy (600 B.C. – 1994) and maps of philosophy which visually break down topics into detailed subtopics and related topics.

Call Number:
Ref B51 .O94 1995

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World Philosophy: Essay-Reviews of 225 Major Works
5 Volumes

This five volume set includes essays and reviews of 225 major works from sixth-century B.C. to 1971.

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Ref B29 .W68 1982

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Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference

Over 200 reference sources including:

  • A Dictionary of Buddhism
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

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Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy

4,000 topics consisting of concepts and philosophers; Focuses mainly on Western philosophy.

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Ref B41 .C35 1999

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Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Philosophers

Collects biographical information on over 1,000 philosophers worldwide who lived all or part of their lives in the 20th century. Includes titles published by each philosopher and lists philosophers by type and interest.

Call Number:
Ref B104 .B5 1996

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World Philosophers and Their Works
3 Volumes

Examines 226 of the greatest world philosophers. In-depth biographical essays of each philosopher are followed by overviews of their works and bibliographies for additional readings.

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Ref B104 .W67 2000

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Women Philosophers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook

Includes short biographical essays of more than 150 women philosophers born in 1920 or before. There are also lists of works by and about each philosopher. The discipline, country, and historical period are also tabled.

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Ref B105 .W6 K47 1989

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Schools of Philosophy

 

Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy

Featuring some 650 signed entries, this resource identifies and defines the principal concepts and individuals in Asian philosophy throughout the world, including entries such as: Confucius and Confucianism, karma, shamanism, no-self, Madhyamaka School of Buddhism, hungry ghosts, orientalism, Ramanuja, simplicity, Yi Yulgok, Wantokism, Chuang- tzu/Zhuangzi, tantra, harmony, Sufism, Yin-Yang, Mulla Sadra, Zen, and much more. All entries provide variants for foreign terms (e.g. Pali/Sanskrit, Arabic/ Persian).

Call Number:
Ref B121 .E53 2001

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Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy

Discussions on major periods in the history of Chinese philosophy of major thinkers such as Confucius and Mou Zongsan. Articles are written from both Chinese and western perspectives.

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Ref B126 .E496 2003

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A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy

Terms from major schools of Indian philosophy, such as Buddhism, Jainism, and Vedanta, are listed both in devanagari script and roman transliteration with English definitions.

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Ref B131 .G67 1989

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Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy

Provides an extensive glossary of the main terms and concepts used in Eastern philosophy including concepts from Buddhim, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Shintoism, Sufism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism.

Call Number:
Ref B5010 .L32 1999

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Greek Philosophical Terms: A Historical Lexicon

A discussion of each term (i.e. eros, genesis, hen) including the term’s source and its thinker.

Call Number:
Ref B49 .P4

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