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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.


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.





eBook collections

Library Search is your first choice for finding books. Below is just a small selection of ebook packages, chosen to highlight the sections related to your subject area. Whilst you will find these through Library Search, you can also search the collections directly at the links below.  These include materials in:

  • Reference books  these are written by philosophers for student audiences and are useful starting points for a topic that's new to you. They situate thinkers and their ideas in their historical and philosophical contexts. 
  • 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.


Databases with primary philosophical texts

Library Search is your first choice for finding texts. Below is just a selection of packages with primary philosophical texts. Whilst you will find these through Library Search, you can also search the collections directly at the links and browse to see the range of materials.


Free online eBook collections

Oxford very short introductions

Guide to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy