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Books and eBooks

Learn where to discover philosophy books relevant to your studies.

Finding books on library search

  • You can find books on Library Search by using bibliographic details, for example Russell and Problems of Philosophy
  • You can discover books on  Library Search by using key terms like Descartes and dualism.

Select the 'Book' filter on the left-hand side of the page. You can use the 'eBook' filter if you'd like to  limit your search to online books.


Databases with primary philosophical texts

You can browse databases to see the range of primary texts that they provide and chose those you want to read.


Getting to know your topic – reference books

From the very start of your studies, you will be reading books and articles written by professional philosophers for professional philosophers.  There are also many reference books written by philosophers for student audiences. These are useful starting points for a topic that's new to you. They situate thinkers and their ideas in their historical and philosophical contexts. They also contain references to in-depth resources that you can explore when you have understood the basics.


Key encyclopedias for philosophy

Encyclopedias are a great starting point for research, or to gain background information for a new topic. They have useful philosophical topics and bibliographies. They are updated regularly by philosophers and contain bibliographies for more in-depth information.


Introductions to topics in philosophy


eBook collections

As part of the research for your assignments you may wish to search across eBook collections for relevant materials on your topic.  These include materials in:

  • Handbooks and 'companions' - these collect articles by experts that give extended treatment of specific topics, concepts and ideas in philosophy. 

  • Specialised monographs - these in-depth, scholarly books are useful for further research once you have grasped the basics.

Oxford very short introductions

Guide to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy