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Philosophy: Start Here

An introduction to useful print and online resources for Philosophy at Smith Library Center.

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Vicki Winstead
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Getting Started

Philosophy delves into the exploration of thoughts encompassing nature, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, existence, knowledge, logic, and a myriad of theories. The term "Philosophy" originates from Greek roots signifying the "love of wisdom." Utilizing the tools of logic and reason, philosophy scrutinizes the various ways in which humans perceive and interact with the world. This discipline imparts essential skills such as critical thinking, close reading, clear writing, and logical analysis. Through these skills, philosophy seeks to comprehend the language employed to articulate our understanding of the world and our position within it.

In this guide, you'll find:

  • Information about resources, both print and online, that you have access to at Southwestern
  • Information on referencing, getting started with research, and all the support available to you here at Southwestern
  • Resources for philosophy researchers at Southwestern

Dewey Decimal Classification for Philosophy

  • 100's Philosophy
  • 109 Historical treatment of philosophy
  • 110 Metaphysics
  • 120 Epistemology, causation, humankind
  • 170 Ethics (Moral philosophy)
  • 172 Political ethics
  • 190 Modern Western philosophy