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A Guide to Philosophy Resources

Guide to resources for the study of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis.

Philosophy Call Numbers

The WU libraries uses theLibrary of Congress classification system. Philosophical materials generally are classified in the "B's:"

  • B (General Philosophy)
  • BC (Logic)
  • BD ("Speculative Philosophy" including Metaphysics and Epistemology)
  • BH (Aesthetics)
  • BJ (Ethics)

A great deal of relevant material is located elsewhere. For a more detailed information see: A Guide to Philosophy in the Library of Congress Classification.

B

B Philosophy (General)

  • B1–8 Periodicals
  • B41–52 General Reference Works
  • B53–67"Theory. Method. Scope. relations"
  • B69–4695 History & Systems
    • B69–105 General Works
    • B108–118 Ancient
    • B121–161"Orient"
    • B165–491 Greece
    • B505–626 Greco-Roman Philosophy
    • B630–708 Alexandrian and Early Christian Philosophy
    • B720–765 Medieval Philosophy
    • B770–785 Renaissance Philosophy
    • B790–4695 Modern Philosophy
      • B791–804 General Works
      • B808–843 Special Topics
      • B851–945 United States
      • B981–995 Canada
      • B1001–1084 Latin America
      • B1111–England
      • B1801–2430 France
      • B2521–3396 Germany & Austria
      • B3501–3515 Modern Greece
      • B3551–3656 Italy
      • B3801–4175 The Netherlands & Belgium
      • B4201–4279 Russia
      • B4301–4495 Scandinavia
      • B4511–4598 Spain & Portugal
      • B4625–4651 Switzerland
      • B4681–4695 Other European Countries

The Rest of the B's

BC Logic

  • B9 Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  • BC11–39 HistoryBC60–99 General Works
    • BC25–39 By period
  • BC171–199 Special Topics

BD Speculative Philosophy

  • BD10–41 General Philosophical Works
  • BD95–131 Metaphysics
  • BD143–237 Epistemology
  • BD300–450 Ontology
  • BD193–701 Cosmology
    • BD620–655 Space, time, matter & motion

BH Aesthetics

  • BH39–41 Theory. scope. relations
  • BH61–63 Study & teaching
  • BH81–221 History & Systems
  • BH301 Special Subjects A–Z

BJ Ethics

  • BJ1–8 Periodicals
  • BJ37–60 Relations to other topics
  • BJ63 Dictionaries & encyclopedias
  • BJ71–982 HistoryBJ990–1185 General works & textbooks
    • BJ101–982 By region and period
  • BJ1188–1295 Religious ethics
  • BJ1395 Feminist ethics
  • BJ1400–1500 Special topics
  • BJ1518–1697 Individual ethicsBJ1725 Ethics of social groups, including professional ethics
    • BD1533 Virtues
    • BD1534–1535 Vices
    • BD1545–1691 Practical & applied ethics
  • BJ1801–2195 Etiquette

Beyond the B's

Topics related to Philosophy

Other topics of interest to philosopher are located as follows, grouped together in seven categories:

Philosophy and/of ________.

AZ 101         The Humanities
BF 41-50 Psychology
BL 51 Religion
BP 595 Anthroposophy
BT 40-50 Theology
CB 19 Civilization
CN 40 Epigraphy
D 16.7-9 History
G 70 Geography
GF 21 Human ecology
GN 405 Cultural relativism
GN 470 Primitive philosophy
GV 342 Athletics
GV 706 Sports
GV 1507.P43 Philosophical recreations
H 61 Social sciences
HB 71-71 Economics
HM 26-33 Sociology
K 201-487 Law
LB 2386 Doctor of philosophy degree
ML 3800-3920 Music
N 61-79 Art
P 101-105 Language
P 151-295 Grammar
PN 45 Literature
PN 49 Philosophy in literature
PN 6231.P47 Philosophy - Humor
PR 2986 William Shakespeare
Q 173-5 Science
Q325 Conscious automata
QA 9 Mathematics
QA 269 Game theory
QC 6 Physics
QH 323.5 Statistical biology
QH 331 Biology
QH 361 Evolution
R 723-725 Medicine
T 14 Technology

Religious Philosophy

BL 240.2       Religion and Science
BL 2700-2790 Rationalism in Religion
BP 134.P5 Koran and Philosophy
BQ 282 Buddhism - History -- Philosophy
BQ 4040 Buddhism - Philosophy
BQ 4440 Buddhism - Knowledge, theory of
BR 100-110 Christianity - Philosophy
BT 98-108 God, Proof of

Psychological Philosophy

BF 41-47       Philosophy of Psychology
BF 81-109 History, Origins of Psychology
BF 110-118 Early works through 1850
BF 121-149 Works 1850 -
BF 150-171 Mind and Body
BF 199 Behaviorism
BF 203 Gestalt
BF 204.5 Phenomenological psychology
BF 309-315 Cognition
BF 467-475 Time. Space. Causality.
BF 608-628 Will. Determinism.
QP 376-426 Brain/physiology and psychology
QP 411 Consciousness

Topics in Ethics

HQ 767.15      Abortion, Moral and Legal aspects
HM 131 Social interaction
HM 216 Social ethics
HV 4701-4759 Treatment of animals
K 3611.T7 Organ donation - Law and Legislation
KF 3823 Sick - Legal status
LC 268-269 Moral education
Q 155.3.E Eugenics - Ethical aspects
QH 332 Bioethics
QH 442 Genetic engineering - Social aspects
R 726 Euthanasia
R 850-853 Medical research - Moral aspects
R 854-855 Medical technology - Economic aspects
RA 410.53 Medical care - Cost -- Moral aspects
RA 1067 Abortion
TD 171-178 Environmental ethics
TP 248.3 Genetic engineering

Ethics of _______.

BF 47-50       Psychology
GN 33.6 Anthropology
HB 835 Wealth
HF 5386-91 Business
HV 7924 Police
K 123 Legal ethics
LB 1779 Teaching
NA 1995 Architecture
PN 154 Literature
PN 2056 Professional acting
PN 4797 Journalism
R 723-727 Medicine
RC 455.2.E8 Psychotherapy
RS 100.5 Pharmacy
RT 85 Nursing
TA 157 Engineering
U 22 Military

Political Theory

D 16.9         Historical materialism
HB 97.5 Marxian economics
HB 501 Capitalism
HM 33-36 Political science and Sociology
HX 533 Communism and Philosophy
JA 71-84 Political philosophy
JC 11-126 Pre-modern political theory
JC 71 Greek political theory
JC 131-300 Modern political theory
JC 301-497 Forms of the State
JC 327 Sovereignty
JC 336 Social contract
JC 500-561 Purpose, function of the state
JC 571-628 The State and the Individual
JC 571-574 Authority. Individualism.
JC 575-578 Equality. Justice.
JC 585-599 Liberty
JK 1751-1788 Political ethics - Citizenship

Philosophical Bibliography

Z696.U5.B1    Library of Congress classification for Philosophy
Z 5000-7999 Bibliographies and Reference Guides (by subject)
Z 5069 Aesthetics
Z 5873 Ethics
Z 6611.P Philosophical Manuscripts
Z 7125-7130 Philosophy
Z 7821 Philosophy of Religion
Z 8000-8999 Bibliographies and References Guides (by individual A - Z)

From the Guide to Philosophy in LC Classification created by John R. Shook, reproduced with permission.