Philosophy: A Guide to the Reference Literature

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Libraries Unlimited, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 385 pages
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A newly reorganized, up-to-date overview of key reference works in philosophy, reflects a veritable explosion of reference sources, both print and online, published over the past decade. Nearly 300 of the 700+ entries consist of new material, with an additional 50 entries substantially revised and updated. English-language sources are emphasized, but important non-English works are also well represented. For professional philosophers, philosophy educators, students from beginning to graduate, and librarians.

This guide represents a substantial updating and complete re-organization of the author's 1997 Philosophy: A Guide to the Reference Literature, 2nd edition (1st edition, 1986). It reflects a veritable explosion of reference sources, both print and online, in the field of philosophy over the past decade. Nearly 300 entries (or 40 percent) are entirely new. An additional 50 or so entries have substantial revisions recording new editions, changes in serial publications, series, and websites, or additional volumes completed in multi-volume sets. In addition, it has been entirely re-organized along topical lines. Each of its twenty-three chapters is divided into four sections: (1) general sources, (2) history of philosophy, (3) branches of philosophy, and (4) miscellanea. This new arrangement accords better with the greatly expanded range of philosophy reference sources and makes it easier for the user to identify related sources of different types (bibliographies, dictionaries, web gateways, etc.) on the same topic. Like its predecessor Guide to Reference Sources in Philosophy, the 3rd edition aims to serve a diverse audience of professional philosophers, philosophy educators, students from beginning to graduate, and librarians. All entries include generous annotations that are often evaluative as well as descriptive. English-language sources are emphasized, but non-English works important to researchers or of interest to users with facility in other languages are also well-represented.

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Chapter 1Introduction
Chapter 2General Bibliographic and Research Guides
Chapter 3General Bibliographies
Chapter 4General Indexes Abstract and Review Sources and Serial
Chapter 5National and Regional Bibliographies and Indexes
Chapter 6General Internet Resource Directories and Gateways
Chapter 7General Encyclopedias Dictionaries and Handbooks
Comprehensive History Sources
Modern through Nineteenth Century
Twentieth and Twentyfirst Centuries
Chapter 15Aesthetics Philosophy of Art and of Art Criticism
Chapter 16Epistemology Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind
Chapter 17Ethics
Chapter 18Logic and the Philosophies of Mathematics Science and Social
Chapter 19Philosophy of Education
Chapter 21Social Political and Legal Philosophy

Chapter 9NonWestern Philosophy
General National and Regional
Medieval and Renaissance
Chapter 22Other Branches of Philosophy and Special Topics
Chapter 23Sundry Currents Schools and Movements
Chapter 24Directories and Miscellaneous Reference Sources

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Page 99 - Over 300 articles included in the four-volume compendium describe significant ideas in Western thought, demonstrating the interrelationships of intellectual concepts in different disciplines. The reader will find, generally speaking, three types of articles: cross-cultural studies limited to a given century or period; studies that trace the origin of certain thoughts from antiquity to the present time; and finally, studies that trace the evolution of an idea in the writings of its leading proponents.
Page 254 - The Euthanasia Controversy 1812-1974: A Bibliography with Select Annotations. Troy, NY, Whitston, 1975. 242p. index. $18.00. LC 75-8379. ISBN 0-87875-071-1. Over 30 indexing and abstracting services were consulted in the compilation of this selected, annotated bibliography. The authors describe it as "near complete.
Page 63 - to cover the whole of philosophy as well as many of the points of contact between philosophy and other disciplines. The Encyclopedia treats Eastern and Western philosophy; it deals with ancient, medieval, and modern philosophy; and it discusses the theories of mathematicians, physicists, biologists, sociologists, psychologists, moral reformers, and religious thinkers where these have had an impact on philosophy.
Page 95 - Plott, John C., and Paul D. Mays. Sarva-Darsana-Sangraha: A Bibliographical Guide to the Global History of Philosophy.
Page 41 - PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY A review of German-language research contributions on philosophy, history, and cultural developments.
Page 142 - Plato and Socrates: a comprehensive bibliography. 1958-1973. New York, Garland, 1978. 592p. (Garland Reference library of the humanities, v.78). $62. Continues 'Plato (1950-1957)' by Harold Cherniss, in Lustrum, v.4 (1959) & 5 (1960).
Page 319 - Stein, Gordon. Freethought in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth: A Descriptive Bibliography. Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 1981.
Page 23 - Bechtle, Thomas C., and Mary F. Riley. Dissertations in Philosophy Accepted at American Universities, 1861-1975. New York, Garland, 1978. 537p.

About the author (2006)

Hans E. Bynagle is Library Director and Professor of Philosophy, Whitworth College, Spokane.

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