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Philosophy: Home

Resources for the study of Philosophy

This research guide will point you toward philosophy resources and search strategies.

Call Numbers for Philosophy

Library of Congress classification, in use in Payson Library, 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 and plurality of worlds)

Subclass BH

BH 1-301         Aesthetics

Subclass BJ

BJ 1-2195        Ethics

History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps (Podcasts)

History of Philosophy

Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps." The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition. 

Basics of Philosophy

Online Introductory Text

Ask Philosophers

Everyone confronts philosophical issues throughout his or her life, but 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.

Subject Guide

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Lucy Perrin
Director and Archivist, Rushford Center for Research and Churches of Christ Heritage Collection
Subjects: Philosophy, Religion