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Philosophy: Overview

The study of philosophy helps students to develop insights into the nature of individuals, societies, and values, and it helps them to think critically about themselves and the world around them.

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WSU Databases in Philosophy

  • Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy - in the Oxford Reference Onlinecollection: over 3,000 entries cover every aspect of philosophy from Aristotle to Zen. Entries include over 500 biographies of famous and influential philosophers, in-depth analysis of philosophical terms and concepts, a chronology of philosophical events stretching from 10,000 BC to the present day, and coverage of themes from Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy. 

    Philosophers Index (online) We also have print for 1969 to 2014 (shelved in the Periodicals/Indexes area). Indexes over 300 journals, books and essays.

    Dictionary of Buddhism - in the Oxford Reference Onlinecollection: with over 2,000 entries, this dictionary features broad-ranging entries on the history and doctrines of the major Buddhist schools, information on the spread of Buddhism in Asia and the West, and coverage of issues of contemporary concern such as human rights, abortion, euthanasia, ‘engaged Buddhism’, and the role of women in Buddhist teachings.

  • Religion and Philosophy Collection.  Provides extensive coverage of world religions, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. The Collection offers more than 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles, making it an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies. This database is updated daily.
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics available via the Gale Virtual Reference Library | Social Science section. This 3rd ed. (2004) 5 volume set covers a wealth of topics on the ethics of health professions, animal research, population control and the environment. Helps researchers to consider the impact of new scientific knowledge and its potential to harm or benefit present and future generations 
  • Search the Library's online catalog for over 3,500 titles in philosophy, including E-books. You can also access the collection of E-books from home. 
  • Free Dictionary of the History of Ideas - Studies of selected pivotal ideas.Full-text of the out-of-print book edited by Philip P. Wiener, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973-74. Topics include nature, humanity, art, history, politics, religion and philosophy, math and logic. 
  • Public Affairs International.  Public affairs and worlds issues with coverage from 1972 to the presentAn index to over 1/2 million articles, books, government documents, Internet sites and documents from more than 120 countries. Obviously useful for global issues such as affirmative action, AIDS, ethnicity, climate change, political persecution, women's rights, war and conflict, etc.

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