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Philosophy: Books

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Very Short Introductions, from Oxford University Press

See the Very Short Introductions series for Philosophy books

From Oxford University Press, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas - a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

Reference Books

Reference books offer great starting points and background reading on a topic.  Listed here are some of the more important reference books available at the Trent Library.  Call numbers are provided for print books; links for online.

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TOPCAT Power Search

 

When you want to find books in the Trent Library, search TOPCAT (the Library Catalogue). There's an online tutorial available to learn about TOPCAT.

Use a keyword search to find items on a topic. To improve your results, use a "Power Search" and truncate your terms.

The call number section for Philosophy is B - BD (3rd Floor Bata):

 

  • B General Philosophy - organized by period:
    • Ancient: B 108-708
    • Medieval: B 720-765
    • Renaissance: B 770-785
    • Modern: B 790-5802
  • BC Logic
  • BD Speculative Philosophy

 

 

Terminology Notes:

TOPCAT uses LCSH (subject headings) in most records, to help us identify items of interest. Philosophy is a subject term, which can be made more specific by adding a time period or geogrphical location.  Examples:

Philosophy -- 19th century
Philosophy, Ancient
Philosophy -- Early modern
Philosophy, Medieval
Philosophy, American
Philosophy, Chinese

 

It can also be combined with specific topics.  Examples:

Philosophy. Civilization
Philosophy, Buddhist
Philosophy and religion
Philosophy. Religion
Philosophy and science
Philosophy. Science
Philosophy. Language and languages
Philosophy. Literature

The term "philosophical" can also be applied to some headings, as in:

Identity (Philosophical concept)

The best way to search for books is usually to use "philosoph$" and a term specific to your topic in a keyword search. 

E-Books

The majority of our e-books are included in TOPCAT and can be found with any search. The record includes a link to the e-book.

  • To limit a search to e-books, use the Power Search option and change the location to "E-Book".

The following resources contain collections of e-books. Most offer the option to create an account for yourself and save books, as well as adding notations and highlighting.

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