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Development of the philosophy collection follows the research and teaching emphases of the Philosophy Department. The Department offers MA and PhD concentrations in Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Continental Philosophy from Kant to the present, Social and Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Science. The collection has focused on Western philosophy including the history of philosophy, speculative philosophy, ethics, and logic. The collection also includes works which examine the philosophical dimensions of religion, science, politics, the arts, social thought, and law. Material by and about certain philosophers is collected intensively, particularly the major ancient and medieval thinkers, and significant modern and contemporary continental philosophers. Among modern and post-modern philosophers, figures of interest to Department faculty include Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Blondel, Husserl, Lonergan, and Gadamer. Philosophy outside the Western tradition is also collected but more selectively.
Rapid advances in computer and networking technology have resulted in the acquisition of significant electronic resources, including electronic versions of familiar philosophy indexes and digitized full-text editions of primary sources. The next area of major collection growth in electronic formats will be in electronic journals. The philosophy collection program has emphasized acquisition of digitized information and texts when possible because they vastly improve a researcher's ability to identify and access research resources. | View selected resources »
Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
Philosophy has historically been an important intellectual discipline in the Catholic tradition, and therefore has many points of contact with other subjects taught at B.C. including theology, history, psychology, political science, sociology, economics, the physical sciences, the arts, and literature. On a more organized level, the Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology draws on the interests of faculty from both Philosophy and Theology Departments to explore the relationship between the two disciplines in the medieval period, and between the disciplines' medieval and modern phases.
Formats and Types of Materials
Formats collected include print, electronic, microform, and audiovisual. Types of materials include monographs, serials, and reference works including major indexes, abstracts, catalogs, bibliographies, yearbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, research guides, and directories.
Philosophy materials published in Western languages are emphasized, particularly English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Significant texts in Greek and Latin are also collected. Other languages are selectively collected.
Geographic Area Coverage
The major emphases are on Europe and North America. Significant works from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa are also collected.
The selection of materials reflects an interest in the Western philosophical tradition from its origins in presocratic Greece to the present day. Most eras are covered including the ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary periods. Selection of materials from philosophical traditions outside of the West also reflects an interest in their historical development.
Dates of Publication
Current imprints are emphasized. Modern editions of classics as well as reprints of significant works are also emphasized. Significant works in modern philosophical thought and scholarship are collected retrospectively.