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Research Guide: Philosophy




Title Author Call Number Book Cover
Exploring Philosophy Cahn, Steven M. BD 21 .E96 2012
Writing Philosophy: A Student’s Guide to Writing Philosophy Essays Vaughn, Lewis B 52.7 .V38 2012
Key Concepts of Philosophy McQueen, Paddy B 51 .M38 2010
Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction Mumford, Stephen BD 131 .M86 2012
Causation: A Very Short Introduction Mumford, Stephen BD 541 .M86 2013
The Critique of Pure Reason Kant, Immanuel B 2778 .E54M45 2008
Kant’s Transcendental Idealism: An Interpretation and Defense Allison, Henry E. B 2798 .A455 2004
Being and Time Heidegger, Martin B 3279 .H48S413 1962
The Metaphysics Aristotle B 434 .A5M5 2005
Riddles of Existence Conee, Earl & Theodore Sider BD 111 .C6263 2014
Ontological Relativity, and Other Essays Quine, W.V. BD 21 .Q564 1969
Logic and Philosophy Tidman, Paul & Howard Kahane BC 108 .T536 2003
The Logic of Real Arguments Fisher, Alec BC 177 .F574 2004
Ethics Pojman, Louis P. & James Fieser BJ 1012 .P656 2009
Ethics for a Broken World Mulgan, Tim JA 79 .M85 2011
Global Ethics: An Introduction Widdows, Heather BJ 1031 .W53 2014
The Ethics of Global Climate Change Arnold, Denis G. GE 42 .E844 2011

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These e-Books are available in the online library collection. Click the link to access the resource.

Title Author Publication Date Permalink
Relativism: A Guide for the Perplexed Mosteller, Timothy 2008 Link
The World Observed/The World Conceived Radder, Hans 2006 Link
Ethics: Past, Present and Future Perspective Ventura, Miles 2018 Link
Reason in Philosophy: Animating Ideas Brandom, Robert 2009 Link
Metaphysics Van Inwagen, Peter et al. 2015 Link
Aristotle’s ‘Metaphysics’: A Reader’s Guide Halper, Edward C. 2012 Link


These handbooks provide easy to digest information and facts about topics covered within philosophy.

The A to Z of Existentialism (2011) by Stephen Michelman

his book affords readers an integrated, critical, and historically-sensitive understanding of existentialism as philosophical movement. You can access it here.

Critical Reasoning and Philosophy : A Concise Guide to Reading, Evaluating, and Writing Philosophical Works (2011) by Mark Holowchak

Critical Reasoning & Philosophy has been praised as an innovative and clearly written handbook that teaches new philosophy students how to read, evaluate, and write in a critical manner. You can access it here.

Ethics (2005) by John K. Roth

An encyclopedia on ethics, including terms, topics, and concepts. You can access it here.

The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (1995) by Robert Audi

Widely acclaimed as the most authoritative and accessible one-volume dictionary on Philosophy. You can access it here.

The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (1996) by by Simon Blackburn

This book can be found in the AC Library under the call number B 41 .B53 1996.

The Historical Dictionary of Metaphysics (2011) by Gary S. Rosenkrantz

This resource offers a comprehensive guide to the many facets of metaphysics through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on concepts, people, works, and technical terms. It can be accessed here.

Articles & Databases

Open Access Resources


Open access resources are resources that are available to everyone for free online. Links here will lead to sites where you can download textbooks or access journals related to Philosophy.

An Introduction to Philosophy by W. Russ Payne

An Introduction to Philosophy presents philosophy to newcomers as a living discipline with historical roots. It can be accessed here.

Modern Philosophy by Walter Ott and Alex Dunn

Modern Philosophy includes primary source readings and interpretation exercises. It can be access here.

The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy edited Jeff McLaughlin

The Originals contains original sources for major areas of philosophy: Ethics, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Socio-Political Philosophy, and finally, Aesthetics. It can be accessed here.

Project Gutenberg: Philosophy

Project Gutenberg is one of the largest collection of free e-books on the web that covers many subjects. This is a collection, or “bookshelf”, of foundational and influential philosophy texts. You can visit the bookshelf here.

Early Modern Philosophy edited by Jonathan Bennett

Early Modern Philosophy contains versions of some classics of early modern philosophy, and a few from the 19th century, prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought. You can visit the collection here.

Open Access Journals

Other Resources

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy provides open access to detailed, scholarly, peer-reviewed information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy.

Philosophy Now: A Magazine of Ideas
Philosophy Now is a bi-monthly magazine that lets readers without a subscription read 4 free articles a month. There are also philosophy podcasts that are available for free.

How to Cite

Assignments written for PHIL courses may use different rules for formatting. Citation handbooks are available for your reference in the library or at the Writing and Learning Centre. Online WLC guides can be found here. You can also book an appointment with the Writing and Learning Centre for workshops and one-on-one citation help.