This Research Guide provides a general introduction to some starting points and resources for the study of Philosophy.

[P]hilosophy is rationally critical thinking, of a more or less systematic kind about the general nature of the world (metaphysics or theory of existence), the justification of belief (epistemology or theory of knowledge), and the conduct of life (ethics or theory of value).

from the definition of “philosophy” in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

Many books on topics related to Philosophy can be found in the B-BJ section of the library’s print collection.

Also consider other branches of philosophy such as Ethics, Logic, Aesthetics, Epistemology, and Metaphysics. You can also try researching the philosophy of a specific academic discipline, such as the philosophy of science.

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Some search terms that might assist you when searching for resources include:


African Philosophy
Eastern Philosophy


Immanuel Kant
Slavoj Žižek
Martha C. Nussbaum

Schools of philosophical thought:


Plato’s Sun: An Introduction to Philosophy

BD21 L38 2005

Philosophy: The Quest for Truth

BD21 P48 2009

An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy

B72 K44 2006

Voices of Wisdom: A Multicultural Philosophy Reader

BD21 V59 2007

Awakening: An Introduction to the History of Eastern Thought

BL1032 B74 2007

Descartes to Derrida: An Introduction to European Philosophy

B791 S39 2001



Being in the World B818.5 B45 2011

Examined Life BD431 E95 2010

The Nature of Existence B72 N38 2010

Feature Films

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind PN1997.2 E84 2004