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Philosophy

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The Claire T. Carney Library has an excellent collection of Philosophy related books on the 5th floor.

You're welcome (and encouraged) to browse the books in person, but you also can plan ahead and see what our library and other libraries have from wherever you are. This page will help you with both approaches to finding books.

If there's a book you're interested in that we don't have, see the Interlibrary Loan tab for information on how to get it!

Reading Call Numbers

Here's a quick guide on how to read call numbers in our library (and most other academic libraries).

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the first line.

The first line is read in alphabetical order.

  • ex. This would be before the PQ's but after the PM's.

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the second line.

Read the second line in numerical order.

  • ex. This would be after PN 6746 and before PN 6747.1 or PN 6748.

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the third line.

The third line is tricky. Read the letter in alphabetical order then the number as a decimal.

  • ex. PN 6747 .S245 would come before PN 6747 .S5, because .5 in decimal is really .500!

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the fourth line.

Sometimes the fourth line will look like this and you read it exactly like the other line.

  • ex. PN 6747 .S245 P4713 would come before PN 6747 .S245 P8, because .8 in decimal is really .800!

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the fifth line.

When you see a line near the bottom that looks like a year, it is a year! This goes in numerical order.

  • ex. If there was a book just like this except the date was 2003, it would go before the 2007 edition.

 

You could think of a call number like a detailed address in reverse: planet, country, state, city, street, street number. Each line helps you narrow down the book's exact location!

Finding Books in Our Library

Use the search box below to run a quick search for books, or use the advanced search page to limit your material type to books prior to searching. 

Finding Books We Don't Have

Browsing for Philosophy Books

A painting by Jacques Louis David that depicts Socrates preparing to drink poision after being senteced to death. He is surronded by others who seem upset as they listen to him.
Jacques Louis David, The Death of Socrates, 1787, oil on canvas, 51 x 77 1/4" (129.5 x 196.2 cm),
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436105.

 

Our library uses the Library of Congress Call Number Classification System to organize our books. If you know a little bit about what the call numbers stand for, you can browse the stacks more efficiently.

Here are some relevant call numbers for Philosophy students and what they represent.

 

5th Floor:

B - Philosophy (General)

B 108-708 - Ancient

B 720-765 - Medieval

B 770-7855 - Renaissance

B 790-5802 - Modern

BC - Logic

BD - Speculative philosophy

BD 95-131 - Metaphysics

BD 143-237 - Epistemology. Theory of knowledge

BD 240-260 - Methodology

BD 300-450 - Ontology

BD 493-701 - Cosmology

BJ - Ethics

BJ 71-1185 - History and general works

BJ 1188-1295 - Religious ethics

BJ 1298-1335 - Evolutionary and genetic ethics

BJ 1365-1385 - Positivist ethics

BJ 1388 - Socialist ethics

BJ 1390-1390.5 - Communist ethics

BJ 1392 - Totalitarian ethics

BJ 1395 - Feminist ethics

BJ 1518-1697 - Individual ethics. Character. Virtue

BJ 1725 - Ethics of social groups, classes, etc. Professional ethics

BJ 1801-2195 - Social Usages. Etiquette
 

Click here to see a more thorough explanation of the Philosophy call numbers.