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PHI 150: Mind & Selves

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Ref /B/41/.E5
Major philosophical reference work for background information on nearly any philosophical topic prior to 1965. Separate supplement published in 1996. Lengthy signed articles which include bibliographies of further readings. Use the detailed index (last) volume to find your topic.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
This ten volume set begun in 1991 serves as an update to the Encyclopedia of Philosophy. An extensive subject index with ample cross references, this set is invaluable for obtaining and overview of major philosophical areas of research. Contains bibliographies.

Dictionary of Philosophy
Covering Western philosophy, this alphabetically arranged source contains brief to medium length entries on philosophers, terms and concepts. Cross references provide additional scope.

Encyclopedia of Psychology
A four volume set providng useful psychological perspectives on the study of the mind. Contains both a subject and a name index as well as bibliographies in the last volume.

Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy
Contains a full length article on the philosophy of mind that is sub-divided by perspective. Its alphabetical arrangement includes bibliographic references at the end of many sections.

Handbooks and Manuals

Philosopher's Guide to Sources, Research Tools, Professional Life, and Related Fields
Ref/ Z/7125/.D445
Guide to various types of resources in philosophy. Arranged by time period, school, material type. Dated. Well-indexed.

Ready Reference to Philosophy East and West
"...a readily accessible account of the history of philosophy." (preface) Arranged by time period and type -i.e., Middle Ages, Indian Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy. Brief index to philosophers and philosophical movements and theories.

Companion to the Philosophy of Mind
Comprised of in-depth essays, this handbook is helpful for synthesizing related concepts.

Handbook of Western Philosophy
Ref/ B/804/H17/1988
Begins with chapter on "What is Philosophy?" and continues with individual, beautifully written essays on philosophical issues such as truth, analysis of knowledge, induction and probability, Aesthetics. Notes and bibliography included at close of each essay. Notes on contributors provided at end as well as index and chronology.

Biographical Sources

A History of Women Philosophers
A three volume set (the fourth volume covering 1900 to date is on order) providing full length overview articles on major women philosophers from 600 B.C.E. through 1900 C.E. Contains bibliographies.

Fifty Major Philosophers
Ref/ B/72/C59/1987
For each philosopher is included: "a short statement containing the main thrust of his philosophy; information about his life; and concise expositions of one or two aspects of his thought, along with mention, where appropriate, of its connection with the thought of other philosophers." (preface) Includes "Further Readings" at the close of each article and a brief glossary in back.

Indexes and Abstracts

Humanities Full Text
Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering classical studies, history, literature, performing arts, philosophy, and related fields. Covers 1984 to the present.

Philosopher Index
The comprehensive scholarly database covering book and journals since 1940 in philosophy. It is a major source of information in such areas as anesthetics, epistmology, ethics, logic, etc.

Wilson Select Plus
Contains full-text articles from 800 periodicals, including those in Humanities Index. Covers 1994 to the present.

JSTOR (try to use Jstor as an index to find materials we have in print)
A collection of abstracts and articles from over 200 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years.

World Wide Web

Philosophy Documentation Center:
The Philosophy Documentation Center located at Bowling Green State University serves the community philosophers world wide.

While a "dot com" or commercial site, useful for uncovering recent philosophic treatments.

Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
Hosted by Earlham College, this is a reliable gateway to WWW resources in philosophy.

Last updated: 1/3/04 ag, contact Martin Gordon for assistance, 291-3842