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Philosophy (General)

Basic resources for the study of philosophy.

How to Use This Guide

Welcome to the Tisch Library research guide for Philosophy. Use the table of contents to find definitions, topic overviews, books, articles, and more that will help you with your research. 

If you don't find what you are looking for or need help navigating this guide or any of the resources it contains, don't hesitate to contact the author of this guide or Ask a Librarian.

Getting to Know Your Topic

Specialized reference sources--like dictionaries and subject encyclopedias, provide overviews of topics and descriptions of concepts and ideas. They can also provide definitions, statistics, and other details. You can use this type of source to help narrow your research topic, find data to support your thesis, and identify keywords and main ideas to use as search terms.

The sources mentioned here normally also include bibliographies written by experts, which can provide a direct introduction to the scholarly literature in a field of study.

Philosophy: Background & Context

Online Encyclopedias and Dictionaries:

Specific Topics in Philosophy:

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