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Research Guide: Philosophy


PHIL 100, PHIL 120



The textbooks that follow represent the most current physical holdings available in the library for your particular course. This list, however, should not be considered exhaustive, so make sure to visit the library catalogue to explore the many other valuable resources that the library has to offer.


Philosophy 100 Library Resources Library Call Number
Bailey, A. (2004). First philosophy: Fundamental problems and readings in philosophy. Peterborough, Ont: Broadview Press. B 29 .F577 2004
Perry, J., Fischer, J. M., & Bratman, M. E. (2013). Introduction to philosophy: Classical and contemporary readings. New York: Oxford University Press. BD 21 .I54 2013
Pojman, L. P., & Vaughn, L. (2012). Philosophy: The quest for truth. New York: Oxford University Press. BD 21 .P48 2012
Rauhut, N. C., & Smith, R. (2007). Readings on the ultimate questions: An introduction to philosophy. Harlow: Pearson Longman. B 74 .R423 2007
Vaughn, L., & McIntosh, J. S. (2009). Writing philosophy: A guide for Canadian students. Don Mills, Ont: Oxford University of Canada. B 52.7 .V38 2009


Philosophy 120 Library Resources Library Call Number
Baggini, J., & Fosl, P. S. (2010). The philosopher’s toolkit: A compendium of philosophical concepts and methods. Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell. BC 177 .B244 2010
Bennett, D. J. (2004). Logic made easy: How to know when language deceives you. New York: W.W. Norton. BC 177 .B466 2004
Feldman, R. (2014). Reason and argument. Prentice-Hall.
Groarke, L., Tindale, C., & Fisher, L. (1997). Good reasoning matters!: A constructive approach to critical thinking. Toronto: Oxford University Press. BC 177 .G76 1997
Halpern, J. Y. (2003). Reasoning about uncertainty. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. Q 375 .H257 2003
Salmon, M. H. (2002). Introduction to logic and critical thinking. Australia: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. BC 71 .S256 2002
Toulmin, S. E. (1958). The uses of argument. London (etc.: Cambridge University Press.) BC 177 .T68 1958
Teays, W. (2003). Second thoughts: Critical thinking for a diverse society. Boston: McGraw-Hill. BC 177 .T4 2003
Vaughn, L. (2008). The power of critical thinking: Effective reasoning about ordinary and extraordinary claims. New York: Oxford Univeristy Press. BC 177 .V38 2008
Woods, J., Irvine, A. D., Walton, D. N., & Woods, J. (2004). Argument: Critical thinking, logic and the fallacies. Toronto: Prentice Hall. BC 175 .W66 2004

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Citation Guidelines for Writing in Philosophy

Most essays written for Philosophy courses use the Modern Language Association (or MLA) rules for formatting, though some professors may prefer that you use the American Psychological Association (or APA) guidelines – check with your instructor to determine which citation style is appropriate for your particular class. Updated links to both MLA and APA standards for typical sources can be found on the Citation Style Guides page. For a more comprehensive understanding of MLA and APA citation, handbooks are available for your reference in the library.


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