FINDING RESOURCES IN PHILOSOPHY
Dr. Bryan M. Carson, J.D., M.I.L.S.
Philosophy and Religion Librarian / Coordinator of Reference and Library
Western Kentucky University Libraries
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
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The Internet Encyclopedia
of Philosophy / Edited by James Fieser. Martin, TN. : University
of Tennessee at Martin, 1997. http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/
Articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy are currently from
three sources (1) adaptations from public domain sources, (2) adaptations
of material written by the editor for classroom purposes, and (3) original
contributions by professional philosophers around the internet. Over time,
the editor seeks to replace all of the first two types of articles with
original contributions by professional philosophers.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
/ Edited by Edward N. Zalta. Palo Alto, CA. : Stanford University Center
for the Study of Language and Information, 1997.http://plato.stanford.edu/
This Web encyclopedia constantly changes with the addition of new entries
and the modification of existing entries. Consequently, you can expect
the entries in this encyclopedia to be responsive to new research. The
entries are evaluated by an Editorial Board.
Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics / San Diego : Academic Press,
1988. 4 volumes.
This work addresses the field of applied ethics. Applied ethics is the
study of ethics in the context of scientific, social, medical, or legal
issues. The encyclopedia includes 281 full-length signed articles with
cross-references. Each article contains a bibliography. The index is
located at the back of the fourth volume.
Encyclopedia of Bioethics / New York : Free Press, 1978. 4 volumes.
This work contains alphabetical articles on a variety of subjects within
bioethics. There is an index in the back, and also a systematic classification
of articles according to broad subject matter. At the end of the encyclopedia
there is a references section; there is also a bibliography at the end
of each article. The entries are clearly written and contain non-technical
language. This is a basic source for background information and references
in the field of bioethics.
Encyclopedia of Ethics / New York : Garland Publishing, 1992.
This is an encyclopedia with medium-length signed articles on a variety
of topics within the field of ethics. Each article includes a bibliography.
There is a comprehensive index at the end of volume 2, and also an index
of the bibliographies cited to in the book.
Encyclopedia of Philosophy / New York : McHillan, 1967, 1972.
This is a basic work in the field of philosophy. It contains comprehensive,
signed articles on concepts, terms, and major thinkers. This work is
good for background information and as a place to start research, since
it contains lists of readings for each entry. In articles about philosophers,
the bibliography lists works by that person, as well as works about
Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics / edited by James Hastings,
John A. Selbie and Louis H. Gray. Edinburgh, New York, T. & T. Clark;
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1960. Reprint of the original edition, published
1908-27. 13 volumes.
This encyclopedia is a major work in the area of ethics and religion.
It contains signed articles, many of them long. References are contained
in footnotes at the bottom of each page. The index is very detailed
Dictionary of the History of Ideas : Studies of Selected Pivotal
Ideas / Edited by Philip P. Weiner. New York : Charles Scribner's
Sons, 1968, 1973. 4 volumes.
Contains articles and entries on major topics in philosophy and ideas.
This work has clear, non-technical, signed articles that are a good
starting place for background knowledge. The cross-references and bibliography
are at the end of each article.
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy / general editor, Edward
Craig. London ; New York : Routledge, 1998. 10 volumes. Also available
This encyclopedia was an ambitious undertaking. An entirely new work,
it is the first major encyclopedia of philosophy in 30 years. The encyclopedia
contains nearly 2,000 entries. Non-western coverage is quite extensive,
with over 400 entries on Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Tibetan,
Jewish, Arabit, Islamic, Russian, Latin American, and African philosophy.
The levels varry from undergraduate to graduate. Some of the articles
use symbols. The entries are signed, and annotated references are found
after each article. Volume 10 consists of the index, which is very well
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