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History of Philosophy and Primary Works--Western Philosophy

Internet Classics Archive
This site is a searchable collection of almost 400 classical Greek and Roman texts (in English translation) with user-provided commentary. The Internet Classics Archive has won many awards. The site includes works by Aeschylus, Andocides, Antiphon, Marcus, Aurelius, Antoninus, Apollodorus, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Bacchylides, Titus, Lucretius, Carus, Demades, Demosthenes, Dinarchus, Diodorus, Euripides, Herodotus, Hesiod, Hippocrates, Homer, Hyperides, Isaeus, Isocrates, Lysias, Pausanias, Pindar, Plato, Plotinus, Plutarch, Sophocles, Strabo, P. Cornelius, Tacitus, Thucydides,Virgil, and Xenophon.

Greek Philosophy Archive /
This site contains the Dialogues of Plato (mostly the Benjamin Jowett translations), the works of Aristotle, Epictetus' Discourses, and Plotinus' Enneads, as well as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

Introduction to Western Philosophy / Anthony Flew. New York : Thames and Hudson, 1989.
Contains readings from the classics and textbook-style explanations together in one volume. Clearly-written in non-technical language. Includes both "Index of Names" and "Index of Notions" in the back of the book.

Midwest studies in Philosophy / Edited by Peter A. French, Theodore E. Uehling, Jr., and Howard K. Wettstein. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, various years.
This multi-volume set aims to be a comprehensive survey of the field of philosophy. Each volume contains a different subject, which is discussed at length by various essays. This is a primary source which contains original material, as well as secondary essays on the ideas of others. Most articles have notes at the end which contain references, although some authors put their references in the body of the essays.

Causation and Causal Theories Social and Political Philosophy
Contemporary Perspectives in 
the Philosophy of Language
Studies in Epistemology
Contemporary Perspectives in 
the History of Philosophy
Studies in Essentialism
Foundations of 
Analytic Philosophy
Studies in Ethical Theory
Realism and Antirealism


Principles of Philosophical Reasoning / Edited by James H. Fetzer. Totowa, N.J. : Rowan & Allanheld, 1984.
Contains 12 original papers on reasoning and principles of inquiry. Some of the essays use symbols. This is a graduate or professional level work which presupposes an extensive knowledge of the field on the part of the reader. It is for the expert rather than the beginner. There is an index of subjects in the back of the book, and also a list of references.

History of Philosophy / Emile Brehier. 6 volumes. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1963.
Essays on various philosophers and their principles throughout the ages. This is a general work that is easily understandable by the beginner. Each essay contains a bibliography, and there is an index in the back of each volume.

Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy / 3 volumes. Washington : Catholic University of America Press, 1961-
Contains signed articles on philosophical principles. The entries are written in non-technical language which can be understood with a minimal background in the field. The references are given in footnotes, and there is an index in the back of volume 3.

Philosophic Thought in France and the United States / Edited by Marvin Farber. Albany : State University of New York Press, 1980.
Selected primary essays involving French and American thought during the 20th century. Most of the essays are in non-technical language. Some of the articles include bibliographies at the end. There is an index and a supplementary bibliography at the back of the book.

The Oxford illustrated history of Western philosophy / edited by Anthony Kenny. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
This guide is a great place for a beginning student to start their research. Philosophers and their theories are given in simple-to-understand capsules. The references will point to more advanced works. Contains illustrations.

Greek Thinkers : A History of Ancient Philosophy / Theodore Gomperz; Translated by Laurie Magnus. London : John Murray, 1901, 1964. 4 volumes.
Important secondary interpretive work on ancient Greek philosophers. Contains an index in the back of the book.

History of Greek Philosophy / W. K. C. Guthrie. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1962. 4 volumes.
Contains secondary explanatory and interpretive work on Greek thinkers. There is an index and a bibliography in the back of the book.

History of Women Philosophers / Edited by Mary Ellen Waithe. Dordrecht, Boston : M. Ninjhoff, 1987.
Details the lives and theories of female philosophers during the period from 600 B.C. to 500 B.C. Uses non-technical language. This is a good source to use for information on female thinkers during this time period.

History of Women Philosophers / Gilles Menage; translated by Beatrice H. Zedler. Lantham, New York : University Press of America, 1984.
Translation of the work of Menage, a 17th-century scholar. This work contains information about ancient female philosophers. The translator has also included an introduction for historical context and a bibliography of the sources that Menage used. There is also an index, and in the back of the book there is a chart listing the classification by school of thought which Menage used. This is an important source to use for information on ancient female thinkers.

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