James H. Thomason Library

Philosophy 440 Course Guide: Senior Capstone

Background Information Sources

Three Philosophers. Giorgione (16th C.). Oil on canvas. ARTstor Image Database.

  Companions, Guides
  Find Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan
  Find Journal Articles
  Journal Databases
  Journal Finder
  Key Journals
  Web Sites
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Background Information Sources    
Dictionaries   back to top

Adler's Philosophical DictionaryMortimer J. Adler.  Scribner, 1995.
Main Level, Reference:
R 103 Ad59A

The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy [CREDO Reference]. Robert Audi, ed. Cambridge University Press, 1999.  2nd ed.

Dictionary of PoM: Philosophy of Mind. [electronic resource].  
Chris Eliasmith, ed. University of Waterloo, Canada. 


The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy [Oxford Reference Online]. Simon Blackburn, Oxford University Press, 2005.
Also available in print (1994 ed.)
Main Level, Reference:  R 103 B562O

Encyclopedias   back to top

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Oxford University Press, 1998.
Main Level, Reference:
R 111.85 En19E [4 vols]

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics
. editor-in-chief Ruth Chadwick.  Academic Press, c1998.
Main Level, Reference: R 170.3 En19E2 [4 vols]

Encyclopedia of Bioethics.  Warren T. Reich, editor in chief Macmillan Pub. Co.  
Main Level, Reference: R 174.2 En19E  [5 vols]

Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy.  Donald J. Zeyl, Daniel T. Devereux and Phillip T. Mitsis, eds. Greenwood Press, 1997.   Main Level, Reference: R 180 En19E


Encyclopedia of Ethics  [CREDO REference] 2nd ed. Lawrence C. Becker and Charlotte B. Becker, editors  Routledge, 2001.
Earlier (1st) ed. available in print: Main Level, Reference: R 170.3 En19E  [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of Ethics. Susan Neiburg Terkel, consulting editor ; R. Shannon Duval, editor.  Facts On File, 1999. Main Level, Reference: R 170.3 En19E3

The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia. Gary B. Ferngren, general editor ; Edward J. Larson, Darrel W. Amundsen, co-editors, Garland Pub., 2000. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
291.175 H629H

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy  James Fieser, Ph.D., founder and general editor, Bradley Dowden, Ph.D., general editor.  “A Professionally Peer-Reviewed Resource.”

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  Edward Craig, ed. Routledge, 1998.
Main Level, Reference: R 100 R765R  [10 vols]

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [The Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University]

Companions, Guides, Handbooks      back to top     

The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy.  Nicholas Bunnin and E.P. Tsui-James, eds.

Blackwell Reference, 1996   
Upper Level, Circulation Collection:
100 B568B

The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy. Linda Martín Alcoff and Eva Feder Kittay, eds.  Blackwell Pub., 2007  
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 
305.4201 B568B

Justifying the inclusion of women in our histories of philosophy: the case of Marie de Gournay / Eileen O'Neill -- Feminism and the history of philosophy / Robin May Schott -- Pragmatism / Shannon Sullivan -- Ethics and feminism / Marilyn Friedman and Angela Bolte -- Moral psychology / Margaret Urban Walker -- Feminist bioethics: where we've been, where we're going / Hilde Lindemann -- Feminism and disability / Anita Silvers -- Feminist political philosophy / Nancy Hirschmann -- Postcolonial feminisms: genealogies and recent directions / Ofelia Schutte -- Lesbian philosophy / Cheshire Calhoun -- Can third wave feminism be inclusive? Intersectionality, its problems, and new directions / Naomi Zack -- Feminist epistemologies and women's lives / Lorraine Code -- Feminist epistemology and philosophy of science / Elizabeth Potter -- Feminism and aesthetics / Peg Brand -- Feminism and Poststructuralism: a Deleuzian approach / Tamsin Lorraine. Women and philosophical canon – Ethical inquiries – Political perspectives -- Knowing and representing

The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy.  
Miranda Fricker and Jennifer Hornsby, eds.  Cambridge U. Press, 2000   

Upper Level, Circulating Collection:  305.4201 C144C

The Handbook of Western Philosophy
. G.H.R. Parkinson, ed.   Macmillan, 1988. 

Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 190 H191H

A Companion to Ancient Philosophy
.   Mary Louise Gill and Pierre Pellegrin, editors. Blackwell Pub., 2006.   
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
180 C738C

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy [Oxford Reference Online]. Ted Honderich, editor. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2005. Earlier edition (1995) available in print: Main Level, Reference:
R 100 Ox

The Oxford Companion to the Mind [Oxford Reference Online]
Richard L. Gregory, editor.  2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2004.

Earlier edition (1987) available in print: Main Level, Reference:  R 128.2 Ox2O

The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics.   Jerrold Levinson, ed.  Oxford University Press, 2003  Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 111.85 Ox2O



    Yamantaka Mandala. ARTstor Image Database.


Find Books   back to top
THOMCAT   back to top

Use  THOMCAT , the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.


  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name. 
  • Using the examples below, to search for books written by David Hume, select the AUTHOR search option in Thomcat. To find books written about David Hume, use the SUBJECT search option.


  Descartes, René [as AUTHOR]
  Descartes, René [as SUBJECT]  
  Hume, David, 1711-1776  [as AUTHOR]  
  Hume David 1711 1776   [as SUBJECT]  
  Sarris, Andrew [as AUTHOR]  
  Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855 [as SUBJECT]  
  Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855 -- Aesthetics  [as SUBJECT, with subheading "aesthetics ]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress Subject Headings.
    The terms below are examples of subject headings related to philosophy:


         Examples of LC Subject Headings

                   related to philosophy

  Act (Philosophy)  
  Agent (Philosophy)  
  Analysis Philosophy  
  Analysis (Philosophy)  


  Dialectical materialism  
  Law and ethics  
  Philosophy of mind  
  Philosophy, Modern -- 18th century  
  Philosophy, Modern -- 19th century  
  Philosophy, Modern -- 20th century  
  Philosophy in literature  
  Self (Philosophy)  
  Sophists (Greek philosophy)  



Examples of LCSH

for specific disciplines or individuals,
with subheading "Philosophy"

  Christianity -- Philosophy  
  Law -- Philosophy  
  Literature -- Philosophy  
  Medicine -- Philosophy  
  Motion pictures -- Philosophy  
  Political science -- Philosophy  
  Science -- Philosophy  
  Social sciences -- Philosophy  
  Lawrence, D H David Herbert 1885-1930 -- Philosophy
  Joyce, James, 1882-1941 -- Philosophy  
  Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 -- Philosophy  


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips


· Add * to the root of a word expands a term up to five letters.
  to retrieves terms of any length:

philosoph* = philosophy, philosophies, philosopher, philosophers, philosophical, etc.

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Kant AND moral philosophy

truth and theor*

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
philosophy AND (medieval* OR middle ages)

Use these tips for keyword searches in other catalogs and library databases

PASCAL Catalog   back to top

If you need materials not available at Thomason Library, try your search here to find books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan (ILL)   back to top

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for instructions.

Find Journal Articles   back to top
Journal Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic OneFile [Thomson Gale]
Multidisciplinary database with full-text articles from scholarly sources.

Academic Search Premier [EBSCO] 
EBSCOhost's journal and magazine articles from all academic disciplines

Gale Biography in Context [Thomson/Gale]
Biographical information on individuals from reference books and other sources.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. 

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Journal Finder   back to top

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper article you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full text if available.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Key Journals   back to top

American Philosophical Quarterly

Library has print issues, plus some online backfiles. Indexing available in Academic OneFile database

British Journal of Aesthetics   

Appearing quarterly - in January, April, July, and October - it publishes lively and thoughtful articles on a broad range of topics from the nature of aesthetic judgement and the principles of art criticism to foundational issues concerning the visual arts, literature, music, dance, film, and architecture.


"Founded in 1890, Ethics publishes scholarly work in moral, political, and legal philosophy from a variety of intellectual perspectives, including social and political theory, law, and economics. In addition to major articles, Ethics also publishes review essays, discussion articles, and book reviews." (publisher's description)

European Journal of Philosophy

Founded in November 1996, Film-Philosophy is an international academic journal dedicated to philosophically reviewing film studies, philosophical aesthetics, and world cinema. The journal is published three times per year and is fully peer-reviewed. Also includes an online discussion salon.

Hypatia is the only journal for scholarly research at the intersection of philosophy and women's studies and is a leader in reclaiming the work of women philosophers. It is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in the rapidly expanding and developing scholarship in feminist philosophy and provides the best single access to the latest research  

International Philosophical Quarterly 

Library has print issues only. Indexing and abstracts available in Academic Search Premier from 1993 to present.

The Journal of Philosophy  

Journal of the History of Ideas

The Journal of the History of Philosophy

The Philosophical Quarterly  

The Philosophical Review   

Web Sites   back to top

The American Philosophical Association   Provides information about the organization,news and announcements, publications, etc. See "Publication" link for full-text newsletters from the Assocation and for career information ("Informational Booklets/Pamphlets").

Philosophy Collection: Philosophy on the EServer

"This collection contains canonical philosophic texts and links to scholarly philosophic organizations. The English Server has other collections in addition, however, in critical theory, history, and in eighteenth century studies, which also address philosophical interests and concerns" (from database description).

Click on "Canonical Texts" link on right of screen for full-text of works by Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Plato, and other philosophers.             



PhilosopyTalk.org  Philosophy Talk is a weekly, one-hour radio series produced by Ben Manila. Hosted by Stanford University’s Dept. of Philosophy faculty members Ken Taylor and John Perry. Requires RealPlayer. Click "Listen Online" to listen to streaming audio.
Click on “PAST PROGRAMS” tab to view archives of programs available for listening.

Examples of past programs:

Philosophy Talk: Hegel Allen Wood, Ward W. and Pricilla B. Woods Professor of    

      Philosophy, Stanford University
Philosophy Talk: Kant  Peter Gilgen, Department of German Studies at Cornell University.
Philosophy Talk: Schopenhauer  Irv Yalom, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Stanford U. School of Medicine.
Philosophy Talk: Karl Marx  Jonathan Wolff, Professor and Head of Philosophy Department, University College London
Philosophy Talk: Philosophy and Film Guest, author David Thomson
Philosophy Talk: Creativity Guest: Margaret Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex.


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