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Welcome to the research guide for your course in Metaphysics

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The suggested electronic resources are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here or through the library home page.

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu .

Reference Works

You will find the following items in print in the PHC on-campus collection.

History of philosophy, volumes 1-9, edited by Copleston, has a reputation for objectivity, scholarship, and scope. - B 72 .C62 1993
Encyclopedia of philosophy, volumes 1-10, edited by Donald M. Borchert - Ref B 51 .E53 2006
Chronological and thematic charts of philosophies and philosophers, by Hunnex - Ref BD 21 .H725 1986
Dictionary of philosophy, edited by Dagobert D. Runes - B 41 .R8
Does the center hold? by Donald Palmer - BD26 .P24 1996
History of Greek philosophy, vols.1-6, by W. K. C. Guthrie - B171 .G83 1962
History of Western philosophy, vols. 1-4, by W. T. Jones - B72 .J652 1969
History of Western philosophy and its connection with political and social circumstances by Bertrand Russell - B72 .R8
Love your God with all your mind: The role of reason in the life of the soul by J. P. Moreland - BT50 . M62 1997
Oxford companion to the mind, edited by Richard L. Gregory- Ref BF 31 .O94 2004
Oxford companion to philosophy, 2nd edition, edited by Ted Honderich - B 51 .O94 2005
Oxford dictionary of philosophy, edited by Simon Blackburn - Ref B 41 .B53 1996
Philosophical foundations for a Christian worldview by J. P. Moreland and Lane Craig - BR100 . N68 2003
Shorter Routledge encyclopedia of philosophy, edited by Edward Craig - Ref B 51 .C58 2005

You will find following ebooks in the PHC ebook collection and if you have trouble accessing them, please contact askalibrarian@phc.edu for assistance:

Classical Philosophy
Companion to Continental Philosophy: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
Companion to Epistemology: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
Companion to the Philosophers: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
Companion to World Philosophies: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
Concise Encyclopedia of Western Philosophy 3rd Ed.
Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Dictionary of World Philosophy
Encyclopedia of Postmodernism
Fifty Major Philosophers Routledge Key Guides; 2nd Ed.
Hegel Dictionary: Blackwell Philosopher Dictionaries
Heidegger Dictionary: Blackwell Philosopher Dictionaries
History of Philosophy in America, 1720-2000
Hobbes Dictionary: Blackwell Philosopher Dictionaries
Kant Dictionary: Blackwell Philosopher Dictionaries
Philosopher's Dictionary
A Short History of African Philosophy


Internet Resources

  • Adelaide provides access to an array of full-text, original source materials.
  • American Classical League links to classical resources, including organizations, journals, activities, teaching resources, and Internet sites.
  • Aristotle, et al. provides access to readings for philosophers maintained by the Jacques Maritain Center at Notre Dame.
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library contains a full-text library of philosophical readings. The site may not be easy to navigate, but is rich in resources.
  • Classics provides additional full-text original source materials, maintained by M.I.T. The site is not beautiful, but is resource rich, and easy to navigate.
  • Guide to Philosophy on the Internet accesses hundreds of philosophy-related links maintained by Earlham College.
  • Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Philosophy on the Web: A Comprehensive Web Dictionary offers valuable information on philosophers and the history of philosophy.
  • Philosophers & philosophies links to a variety of fascinating websites that specialize in specific philosophers and philosophical approaches. However, check the authoritative nature of the website as some are authoritative and some are not (example, Stanford University connects from here - authoritative, and Wikipedia, not authoritative).
  • Philosopher’s Imprint publishes peer-reviewed philosophy works through the University of Michigan Digital Library.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy provides access to an impressive collection of writings by and about philosophers and philosophy maintained by Stanford University, and the universities of Amsterdam, Sydney, and Leeds.


Search the library catalog using the following Library of Congress subjects:

Logic--Early Works to 1800
Philosophy, Ancient
Philosophy and religion

Philosophy, Medieval
Philosophy, Modern

Selected Journals

Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/TurabianMLA, and APA styling formats. 
  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you can click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Can't find what you need in the PHC collection? You can request an Interlibrary Loan through WorldCat . You will be notified by email when the item arrives in the library.
  • Research assistance is available in the library or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu

Created: Dr. Matthew Roberts/Thornhill, 2010. Reviewed and revised: Roberts/Thornhill, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018.

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