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Philosophy Research Guide: Books & eBooks

Provides resources for those interested in Philosophy.

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Type keywords in the search field to find books that you are looking for.

If you get too many results, try using the Refine my Results bar on the left to receive more accurate results.

If you cannot find the book that you need from one of our libraries, try searching libraries statewide through UBorrow. Once you perform a search, there will be a link in the upper right hand corner.


E-books are books that have been downloaded into the library catalog for increased access.  They contain all of the content of a regular book.  E-books contain many useful features that make them easier to use than print books.  Such as:

  • You can access them whenever you want, whether or not the library is open.
  • While your session may expire with an e-book, you can always renew it.
  • Many e-books have a table of contents which allows you to jump to whatever chapter you are interested.
  • E-books have a search bar which allows you to search a word, phrase, or a few words. The search will give you every time the word has been used in the book and will take you directly to those pages.

To learn how to download ebooks onto your computer or tablet see our research guide on the topic here.

Finding Philosophy Books at PHSC


The Library's Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress' classification system.  

Want to browse the shelves?

The Library of Congress classification for Philosophy is Subclass B

B   (General)
  • 1-5802  Philosophy (General) 
  • 69-99  General works 
    • 108-5802  By period 
  • Including individual philosophers and schools of philosophy 
    • 108-708  Ancient 
    • 720-765  Medieval 
    • 770-785  Renaissance 
    • 790-5802  Modern 
      • 808-849  Special topics and schools of philosophy 
      • 850-5739  By region or country 
      • 5800-5802  By religion

BC  Logic
  • 1-199  Logic
  • 11-39  History171-199  Special topic
    • 25-39  By period
    • 60-99  General works
 BD  Speculative philosophy
  • 10-701  Speculative philosophy
  • 10-41  General philosophical works
  • 95-131  Metaphysics
  • 143-237  Epistemology.  Theory of knowledge
  • 240-260  Methodology
  • 300-450  Ontology. Including being, the soul, life, death 
  • 493-701  Cosmology. Including teleology, space and time, structure of matter, plurality of worlds 

Reading Library of Congress Call Numbers

Reading LC Call Numbers

  • describes the subject arearead in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic:read as a whole number
  • B634- describes the author's last name or title of work: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication:read in chronological order