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Philosophy

Social Philosophy and Modern European Philosophy

NAVIGATING THE LIBRARY

For Philosophy databases, use the menu tab for 'Doing your Research'. 

Call numbers to find books in the library

Subject area Call number
Aesthetics BH1-BH301
Special topics and schools of philosophy B 808 -
Modern philosophy (general) B 790 -
Ancient period (general) B 108 -
Social philosophy H61

How do you execute good searches in MultiSearch?

Consider using one or two of these terms. See notes at the bottom on this block on combining specific terms with general ones. 

Subject  Alternative search terms
Existential

Existential faith ; Philosophical theology ; Being and haya ; Value ; Order ; Language and logic; Humanism; Philosophical Prose ; Treatment of Phenomenology ; Existentialism ; Role of Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy; Relationship to Existentialism 

Art literature

Literature ; Art ; Morality ; Knowledge; Aesthetics; Art Criticism; Literary criticism

Freedom and alienation  Religion and Theology ; Alienation ; Sartre, Jean-Paul ; Vulnerability; Hegel; Freedom of association; Theology ; Spirituality; Co-Creativity; Freedom; Community
Social philosophy Critical Theory ; Michel Foucault ; Jürgen Habermas ; Axel Honneth ; Max Horkheimer ; Social Philosophy; Progress ; Evaluative Philosophy ; Reflective Philosophy ;  Antian Questions ; Postmodernism; Pragmatism ; John Dewey ; 
Film and philosophy Philosophy in motion pictures; Motion Picture Criticism ; Aesthetics ; Motion Pictures; Film Style
Globalisation      Culture and globalization; Space exploration; Political science; International relations

Here are some useful general terms

 Theory and criticism; Phenomenology; Contemplation; Philosophical thought; Debate; Analysis; 

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An example for searching would be using the terms 

"art criticism" AND debate. 

"International relations" AND "philosophical thought"

Use inverted comma's to link two words together as a phrase.

 

Philosophers

Immanuel Kant (22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804) was a German philosopher who is considered a central figure in modern philosophy. Kant argued that the human mind creates the structure of human experience, that reason is the source of morality, that aesthetics arises from a faculty of disinterested judgment, that space and time are forms of our sensibility, and that the world as it is "in-itself" is independent of our concepts of it. 

Call numbers to find books in the library

B108 5802 Individual philosophers
B2798; B2766 Kant 

Subject specific search terms to try in MultiSearch 

Kant, Immanuel, philosophy, natural law, religion, ethics, subconsciousness, consciousness

General search terms

criticism, interpretation, ideas, debate

Tip: An example for searching would be using the terms Kant AND ideas

You could  link your specific subject area with one of the general terms. For instance: 

"natural law" AND philosophy

Use inverted comma's to link two words together as a phrase. The 'AND' in the middle is capitalized to link the terms. 

New book by Paul Formosa (not yet published - available from October 2017)
Kantian Ethics Dignity and Perfection

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Charles Taylor was born in Canada in 1931.   named the first winner of the Berggruen Prize in 2016. "The $1 million award from the Berggruen Institute will be given annually to a thinker whose ideas are of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity." He is best known for his contributions to political philosophy, the philosophy of social science, history of philosophy and intellectual history.

Call numbers to find books in the library

Individual philosophers B108-5802
Modern philosophy B790 - B4695

Search terms to use in Multisearch

These aren't exhaustive, but will get your searching started. 

Specific terms Taylor, Charles; Social Imaginaries; Secularism; Human Action; Ontology; Sources of the self; Political morality; 
Useful general terms Criticism and interpretation; Ethics; Philosophy; Philosophical anthropology; 

Tip: An example for searching would be using the terms "Charles Taylor" AND ethics 

You could  link your specific subject area with one of the general terms. For instance: 

"social imaginaries" AND philosophy

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Jürgen Habermas(born 18 June 1929) is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theories on communicative rationality and the public sphere. 
Associated with the Frankfurt School, Habermas's work focuses on the foundations of social theory and epistemology, the analysis of advanced capitalistic societies and democracy, the rule of law in a critical social-evolutionary context, and contemporary politics, particularly German politics. 

Call numbers to find books in the library

Individual philosophers B108-5802
Modern philosophy B790 - B4695

Terms to use in Multisearch

These aren't exhaustive, but will get your searching started. 

Specific terms Jurgen Habermas; Rationalism; Ethics; Social evolution; Naturalism; 
Useful general terms Critical theory; Criticism and interpretation; Philosophy; Communication; Analysis, Social theory; Epistemology

Tip: An example for searching would be using the terms Habermas AND "social theory"

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Marx's theories about society, economics, and politics—collectively understood as Marxism—hold that human societies develop through class struggle; in capitalism, this manifests itself in the conflict between the ruling classes (known as the bourgeoisie) that control the means of production and working classes (known as the proletariat) that enable these means by selling their labour power in return for wages.

Call numbers to find books in the library

Individual philosophers B108-5802
Modern philosophy B790 - B4695
 

Subject specific search terms to try in MultiSearch 

Marx; Idealogy; Marxism; Working class; Communism; Political economy; 

General search terms

Criticism and interpretation; Ideas; Debate; Analysis; Works; Philosophy
 

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marxism AND "criticism and interpretation"

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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel  (August 27, 1770 – November 14, 1831) was a German philosopher and an important figure of German idealism.

Call numbers to find books in the library

B108-5802 Individual philosophers

B2948;

B2899; 

B2918;

B2923

Hegel

Specific search terms to try in MultiSearch

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich; Austria; religion; philosophy; natural law, ethics

 General search terms;

criticism, interpretation, ideas, debate

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David Hume  (26 April 1711  – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism.

Call numbers to find books in the library

B108-5802 Individual Philosophers
B1498 Hume

Subject specific search terms to try in MultiSearch 

Hume, David, realism, emotions, skepticism, projection, knowledge, human nature, social psychology

General search terms

criticism, interpretation, ideas, debate, theory 

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"human nature" AND philosophy.

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Key texts;

Treatise Vol II 

Treatise Vol III

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John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was an English philosopher, political economist and civil servant. One of the most influential thinkers in the history of liberalism, he contributed widely to social theory, political theory and political economy.

Call numbers to find books in the library

B108-5802 Individual Philosophers
B1607, B1608 Mill

Subject specific search terms to try in MultiSearch

liberalism, liberty, "social theory", "political theory", "political economy" , "political philosophy", utilitarianism

General search terms

criticism, interpretation, ideas, debate, theory, philosophy

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For instance:

"social theory" AND philosophy

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Texts:

Aristotle's (384–322 BC) views on physical science profoundly shaped medieval scholarship. Their influence extended from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages into the Renaissance, and were not replaced systematically until the Enlightenment and theories such as classical mechanics.

Call numbers to find books in the library

B108-5802 Individual Philosophers
B485 Aristotle

Subject specific search terms to try in MultiSearch

nature, justice, rights, politics, ethics, physical science.

General search terms

criticism, interpretation, ideas, debate, theory, philosophy

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An example for searching would be using the terms Aristotle AND ideas

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 "natural law" AND philosophy.

 The 'AND' in the middle is capitalized to link the terms.  Use inverted comma's to link two words together as a phrase.

Key texts:

Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics  

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