Research in Philosophy

Philosophy

The following is a selected list of resources for starting research in Philosophy. For further assistance, contact Paul Frantz, Reference Librarian, at pfrantz@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1880

Starting Your Research

Reference sources provide an overview of a specific issue and suggest other materials which might be useful for your research.

  • The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2nd edition, Macmillan) provides overviews of philosophers and philosophical concepts.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Knight Reference B 51 .R68 1998) is a 10-volume set providing overviews of philosophers and philosophical concepts.
  • The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas is a six-volume survey of the history of Western thought and culture.
  • The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a web encyclopedia, whose entries are being added over time.
  • The Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy (Knight Reference B 121 .E53 2001) complements the western orientation of the above sets.
  • The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, Second Edition, (Knight Reference B 41 .C35 1999) provides concise entries on concepts and key figures in the field.

Finding Articles

To look for articles in academic journals or magazines, start with a periodical index. An index will allow you to find articles by subject, by a few keywords which describe your topic, or by author.

  • OneSearch allows you to search for journal articles in a number of philosophy databases simultaneously, including Philosopher's Index and JSTOR
  • The Philosopher's Index provides subject and author access to philosophy periodicals and books. Its coverage extends back to 1940.
  • JSTOR provides full text retrospective coverage of core academic journals.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts gives indexing of academic journals in political philosophy.
  • L'Annee Philologique provides an index to articles in classics journals and thus to ancient philosophy. (Note this helpful user's guide to the database.)
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index provides indexing to about 1,300 periodicals in the humanities. Uniquely, it  allows researchers to see which journal articles have been cited by subsequent writers.Coverage: 1975 to the present.

Finding Books

  • LibrarySearch offers a streamlined interface for search results that combine, into a single merged list, the collections of the UO Libraries and 37 academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest (Summit).  
  • Books on philosophy can be found under the following call numbers:
    • B Philosophy
    • BC Logic
    • BD Speculative philosophy
    • BF 311-316 Cognition
    • BH Aesthetics
    • BJ Ethics
    • GE 40-45 Environmental ethics
    • HQ 1190 Feminist theory
    • JA 71-91 and JC 11-628 Political theory
    • Q 174-179 Philosophy of science
    • T 14 Philosophy of technology
  • Dissertations & Theses provides summary information of dissertations in all subjects from 1861 to the present.

Professional Associations

  • The American Philosophical Association Online provides membership and governance information about the association, a list of its publications, grant and fellowship opportunities, and links to other Web sites of interest to philosophers.
  • The Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy supports the Continental European tradition of philosophy.
  • Directory of American philosophers (Knight Reference B 935 .D5) lists the faculty of university departments of philosophy. A corresponding work, International Directory of Philosophy and Philosophers (Knight Reference B 35 .I5) does the same for institutions in 132 countries.

Web Resources

  • Intelex Past Masters offers full text electronic editions of the works of Dewey, Hegel, Hume, Kant, Locke, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein.
  • Philosophy at the University of Oregon provides information about faculty, degree requirements, and course descriptions.
  • PhilPapers enables you to browse the tables of contents of philosophy journals and view papers from online archives. Requires registration, but that is free.
  • Philosophical Installations offers over 1500 videos of a philosophical nature (free for non-commercial use). The site is curated by Naomi Zack of the UO's Philosophy Department.
  • Voice of the Shuttle provides deep research links and content for researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

 

Last revised June 2014 by Paul Frantz

pfrantz@uoregon.edu
Created by pfrantz on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Jun 24, 2014