Philosophy: Find Books

PSU Library Catalog - Books


Results include both print books and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and other libraries.

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, 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...)

Requesting Books from Other Libraries

If the item you’re looking for isn’t available at the PSU Library, you might see a Request from Other Libraries option that will allow you to request a physical copy or, if it's a book, a PDF of an individual chapter.  

  • First, sign in to the catalog to enable the request function;
  • If the item is not available from our library, you can click the Request button for the physical copy or chapter PDF under Request from Other Libraries;
  • The system will automatically prioritize fastest delivery;
  • When your request has been filled, you will be notified by PSU email.