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Philosophy: Find Books

PSU Library Catalog - Books

Results include both print and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and the Summit Libraries.

Requesting Books from Summit

When you find an item in the catalog, if you see Summit Libraries under Libraries that own this item:, that means that the book is not in our collection but is held at one of our partner libraries. You can request the book by clicking on the book's title and then selecting the Request Summit Item link on the next page. It takes approximately five days to receive an item through Summit.

Requesting Books through ILL

If a book you need for your research is not available in our collection or Summit, we can get it for you! Just request it through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery. Please note: it can take up to 12 days to receive a book through interlibrary loan.

Online Books

Books/Book Chapters

Browsing the library shelves by call number is another strategy for locating information on a topic; call numbers can help you get to the "right neighborhood" in the library stacks.

B Philosophy (General)
B53-67 Theory. Method. Scope. Relations
B69-4695 History and Systems
BC Logic
BD Speculative Philosophy
BD100-708 Metaphysics
BD150-235 Epistemology. Theory of knowledge
BD240-241 Methodology. Classification of the sciences
BD300-444 Ontology
BD493-708 Cosmology
BH Aesthetics
BJ Ethics

Subject headings allow you to search library catalogs for materials on a particular topic. Often subject heading searching can be more productive than searching by simple keywords. Listed here are some major subject headings of interest for research in philosophy. Copies of the complete set of the Library of Congress Subject Headings are available at the 2nd floor Reference Desk.

Philosophers
Philosophers, Modern (or Medieval or Muslim or Jewish...)
Philosophy biography
Philosophy bibliography
Analysis philosophy
Philosophy ancient (or Arab, Argentine, Buddhist, Chinese...)
Philosophy and religion
Philosophy English 13th century (or 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th...)