A Bibliography of Basic Sources in Humanities Reference

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Knowledge, Theory of Logic
Education - Philosophy
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NOTE: All of the following sources are found in Humanities Reference on Level 5.

General Dictionaries and Encyclopedias| Specific Dictionaries and Enclopedias
Research Guides and Handbooks |Bibliographies

Dictionaries and Encyclopedia: General

B 72 .C595

Arrington, Robert L. A Companion to the Philosophers. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.
(Biographies of philosophers arranged in alphabetical order after categories: African, Chinese, European and American, Indian, Japanese, Islamic and Jewish. Bibliographies of writings for each philosopher.)

B 41 .C35
Audi, Robert, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
(Over 4000 signed entries. Best dictionary for the beginner.)
B 51 E53 2005
Borchert, Donald M., ed. Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005. 10 volumes.
(The American equivalent of the Routledge below, this set supersedes the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Paul Edwards: see below.)
B 51 .R68
Craig, Edward. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge, 1998. 10 volumes.
(By far the most comprehensive and current source on philosophy and its philosophers. Vol. 10 contains the index. This set is also available in full text and fully searchable on the Library’s website.)
B 41 .E5
Edwards, Paul, ed. The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. New York: Macmillan, 1967. 8 volumes.
(Until Borchert and Craig above, the standard general encyclopedia of philosophy. Still very useful. Vol. 8 is a very good index. A supplement was published in 1996, bringing some currency to the set.)
B 51 .O94
Honderich, Ted. Ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
(Similar to Audi above but a little more advanced.)
CB 5 .D52
Wiener, Philip P., ed. Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas. NY: Scribners, 1973. 5 volumes.
(A comprehensive overview of philosophy. The index in vol. 5 is very valuable.)

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias: Specific

BJ 63 .E45
Becker, Lawrence C., ed. Encyclopedia of Ethics. New York: Garland, 1992. 2 volumes.
(435 signed entries and bibliographies on basic issues.)
B 804 .B52

Brown, Stuart, Diané Collinson, & Robert Wilkinson, eds. Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth- Century Philosophers. London: Routledge, 1996.
(Signed biographies of over 1000 philosophers, together with bibliographies of main publications and secondary literature.)

B 791 .B76
Carr, Brian, and Indira Mahalingam, eds. Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy. London: Routledge, 1997.
(Signed articles with bibliographies on Persian, Indian, Buddhist, Chinese, Japanese and Islamic philosophy.)
BJ 63 .E44
Chadwick, Ruth, ed. Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. San Diego: Academic Press, 1998. 4 volumes.
(Excellent encyclopedia covering any issue which has ever been affected by ethics: Abortion, Election Strategies, Mental Health and Sexual Harrassment. 281 comprehensive and scholarly signed articles.)
B 802 .E53x
Delon, Michel, ed. Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. 2 volumes.
B 829.5 .E53
Embree, Lester et al., eds. Encyclopedia of Phenomenology. Dordrecht, Neth.: Kluwer Academic, 1997.
(Arranged topically; philosopher index.)
B 131 .G67
Grimes, John. A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy. State University of New York Press, 1996.
(Sanskrit terms defined in English.)
BH 56 .E53
Kelly, Michael. Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. 4 volumes.
(A new standard reference work on Aesthetics, from Semiology of Music and Surrealism to Poststructuralism and Theatre. The signed, scholarly articles have thorough bibliographies on each topic.)
B 5005 .G74
McGreal, Jan P. ed. Great Thinkers of the Eastern World. NY: Harper-Collins, 1995.
( The major thinkers and the philosophical and religious classics of China, India, Japan, Korea and the world of Islam.)
B 72 .G74 100
_____ . Great Thinkers of the Western World. NY: Harper-Collins, 1992.
(The major ideas of more than outstanding Western philosophers and theologians are briefly described. Bibliographies included.)
B 163 .E53
Zeyl, Donald J., ed. Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1997.
(Signed articles, with bibliographies, on Greek and Roman antiquity. Indexed.)

Research Guides and Handbooks

BD 11 .H225
Burkhardt, Hans. Handbook of Metaphysics and Ontology. Munich: Philosophia Verlag, 1991. 2 volumes.
(Signed, scholarly articles on metaphysicians, ontologists and their ideas.)
B 72 .X1 B97
Bynagle, Hans E. Philosophy: A Guide to the Reference Literature. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1997. Second edition.
(A very useful annotated guide to the best resources. Author and
subject indexes.)
B536 .X1 .G46x
DeGeorge, Richard T. The Philosopher’s Guide to Sources, Research Tools, Professional Life, and Related Fields.
(Lawrence: The Regents Press of Kansas, 1980.
B 29 .W68
Magill, Frank N., ed. World Philosophy: Essay Reviews of 225 Major Works. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1982. 8 volumes. (Chronological arrangement; excellent for summaries and research.)


B 105 .W6
Barth, Else M. Women Philosophers: A Bibliography of Books through 1990. Bowling Green, OH: Philosophy Documentation Center, 1992. (Arranged by topic.)
B 171 .X1 B444
Bell, Albert A., Jr. and James B. Allis. Resources in Ancient Philosophy: An Annotated Bibliography of Scholarship in English, 1965-1989. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1991.
(Arranged chronologically from the Pre-Socratics to Gnosticism and Christian Philosophy. Subject index.)
B 53 .X1 B 52
Bibliography of Philosophy: A Quarterly Bulletin. 1955 – .
(Lists author, title, subject, and publisher. Descriptive annotations. Index.)
BH 301 .P69 K7
Madsen, Deborah L. Postmodernism: A Bibliography, 1926-1994. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1995.
(Arranged chronologically, beginning in 1926. Full bibliographies but not annotated. Reviews listed for most publications on Postmodernism.)
B 187.5 .X1 N384
Navia, Luis E. The Presocratic Philosophers: An Annotated Bibliography. NY: Garland, 1993.
(General, Anaxagoras, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Democritus, Empedocles, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Pythagoras, Thales, Xenophanes, and Zeno. Author index.)

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Gary Gillum, December 5, 2006