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Philosophy: Books

This guide provides an overview of resources for the study of Philosophy.

Book Reviews

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Since 2002, an electronic journal with substantive reviews of the newly published philosophy books.  Recent reviews listed below.

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Philosophy Companions & Guides

If you are looking for an introduction to a particular philosopher or philosophical topic, companions, guides, and handbooks cover key thinkers, concepts, and topics.  Try searching the library catalog for these series:

  • Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
  • Blackwell Philosophy Guides
  • Oxford Readings in Philosophy
  • Routledge Companions in Philosophy (Sample search in library catalog: routledge companion aesthetics)
  • Cambridge Companions (Sample search in library catalog: cambridge companion plato)

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Find Books

GILFind ( - Search our local catalog for books, DVD's, etcetera. Use Library of Congress Subject Headings to help you discover books and expand your search, for example:

  • Philosophy, Ancient. 
  • Philosophy of mind. 
  • Metaphysics. 
  • Environmental ethics. 
  • Kant, Immanuel
  • Social epistemology. 
  • Free will and determinism. 
  • etcetera, etcetera

Browse the Stacks

Most of UGA's philosophical research materials are located in the Main Library.  Basic print reference works may be found in the Reference Room on the 1st floor.  Current philosophy journals (in print) are located in the Current Periodicals Room on the 1st floor.  Circulating books and journals are located on the upper floors, and philosophy materials specifically are on the 6th floor (Call Number Ranges B-BJ).  

Library of Congress Call Numbers in Philosophy

Philosophy (General): B 1-5802

Ancient Philosophy (600 BC – 430 AD): B 108-708
Medieval Philosophy (430 AD–1450 AD): B 720-765
Renaissance Philosophy: B 770-785
Modern Philosophy (1450 AD – present): B 790-5802

Logic: BC 1-199

Speculative philosophy: BD 10-701

Metaphysics: BD 95-131

Epistemology. Theory of knowledge: BD 143-237

Speculative philosophy -- Methodology: BD 240-260

Ontology (including being, the soul, life, death): BD 300-450

Cosmology (including teleology, space and time, structure of matter, plurality of worlds): BD 493-701

Aesthetics: BH 1-301

Ethics: BJ 1-1725