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Resources for the study of Philosophy


This research guide will point you toward online research resources and strategies available to you as scholars doing Philosophy research at Pepperdine. 

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Plato and Aristotle, or Philosophy. Marble panel from the North side, lower basement of the bell tower of Florence, Italy. Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

Call Numbers for Philosophy

Library of Congress classification puts Philosophy at the beginning of the B section,  Note that the sub-areas are specific to parts of the discipline.

Here are some of the major subdivisions for Philosophy:

 B1-5802           Philosophy (General)

B69-99              General works

     B108-5802    By period (Including individual philosophers and schools of philosophy)

     B108-708     Ancient

     B720-765     Medieval

     B770-785     Renaissance

     B790-5802   Modern

     B808-849     Special topics and schools of philosophy

     B850-5739   By region or country

     B5800-5802 By religion

 Subclass BC

 BC1-199         Logic

     BC11-39    History

     BC25-39    By period

     BC60-99    General works

     BC171-199 Special topics

Subclass BD

BD10-701      Speculative philosophy

     BD10-41     General philosophical works

     BD95-131   Metaphysics

     BD143-237 Epistemology.  Theory of knowledge

     BD240-260 Methodology

     BD300-450 Ontology (Including being, the soul, life, death)

     BD493-701 Cosmology (Including teleology, space and time, structure of matter,plurality of worlds)

Philosophy Bites

Made in association with the Institute of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, this growing collection of podcasts on all aspects of philosophy features hour-long interviews in which hosts David Edwards and Nigel Warburton engage some of the world’s leading philosophers on some of their favorite topics. From Alain de Boton’s recent “Atheism 2.0” to Quentin Skinner’s discussion of Machiavelli’s The Prince to retired Cambridge professor Edward Craig on “What is philosophy?” it’s all here.

"There is a paradox surrounding philosophy that AskPhilosophers seeks to address. On the one hand, everyone confronts philosophical issues throughout his or her life. But on the other, very few have the opportunity to learn about philosophy, a subject that is usually taught only at the college level. AskPhilosophers aims to bridge this gap by putting the skills and knowledge of trained philosophers at the service of the general public."

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