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Philosophy: Reference

Key Encyclopedias and Dictionaries in Philosophy

Guides to the Literature


  • Barck, Karlheinz, and Martin Fontius. Ästhetische Grundbegriffe (Ägb): Historisches Wörterbuch in sieben Bänden. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2000. MAIN Reference 111.8503 A853.
  • Gaut, Berys and Dominic Lopes. The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics. 3rd. ed.  New York: Routledge, 2014. MAIN 111.85 R869 2013.
  • Guter, Eran. Aesthetics A-Z. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.  Also in print at Oak Grove Library Center.
  • Kelly, Michael. Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Levinson, Jerrold. The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. MAIN 111.85 O98.
  • Morizot, Jacques, and Roger Pouivet. Dictionnaire d'esthétique et de philosophie de l'art. Paris: Armand Colin, 2007. Oak Grove Library Center.
  • Sandywell, Barry. Dictionary of Visual Discourse: A Dialectical Lexicon of Terms. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2011. Also in print at MAIN Library 111.85 S222d.

Ancient Philosophy

  • Gill, Mary Louise and Pierre Pellegrin. A Companion to Ancient Philosophy. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
  • Goulet, Richard. Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques. Paris: Editions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1989- .  Main Reference 180.922 D554.  6 volumes plus a supplement issued to date.
  • Shields, Christopher John. The Blackwell Guide to Ancient Philosophy. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.,  2003. Also in print at Oak Grove Library Center.  Long articles on major aspects classical philosophy.
  • Warren, James and Frisbee Sheffield. Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy. New York: Routledge, 2014. MAIN 180 R869.
  • Zeyl, Donald J., Daniel Devereux, and Phillip Mitsis. Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. Also in print at Oak Grove Library Center.  Briefer, single volume work.

Continental Philosophy

  • Glendinning, Simon. The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999. Also in print at Oak Grove Library Center.
  • Schrift, Alan D. The History of Continental Philosophy.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.   MAIN 190 H6727. Massive, 8-volume work.
  • Protevi, John. The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005. MAIN Reference 190.3 E23.

Critical Theory

  • Brooker, Peter. A Glossary of Literary and Cultural Theory. Third ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017.  MAIN Reference  HM621 .B76 2017  
  • Buchanan, Ian. A Dictionary of Critical Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Edgar, Andrew, and Peter R. Sedgwick. Cultural Theory: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge, 2008. MAIN Reference 306 K44 2002.
  • Payne, Michael, and Jessica Rae Barbera. A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory. 2nd ed. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Also in print at MAIN Reference 306.03 D5537.
  • Ryan, Michael, et al. The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Also in pirnt at Oak Grove Library Center.



  • Allhoff, Fritz., Nicholas G. Evans, and Adam Henschke. Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War: Just War Theory in the Twenty-first Century. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013.  Main 172.422 R869  
  • Becker, Lawrence C., and Charlotte B. Becker. Encyclopedia of Ethics. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2001. Also in print at Oak Grove Library Center.
  • Callicott, J. Baird, and Robert Frodeman. Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA/Gale Cengage Learning, 2009.
  • Chadwick, Ruth F. Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. 2nd ed. London: Elsevier, 2012.
  • Clarke, Paul A. B., and Andrew Linzey. Dictionary of Ethics, Theology, and Society. London: Routledge, 1996. Styberg Library   Reference BJ63 .D53  
  • Crimmins, James E. The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. Main 144.603 B655.
  • Have, H. Ten. Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015.
  • Hooft, Stan van. The Handbook of Virtue Ethics. Durham: Acumen, 2014. MAIN BJ1518 .H36 2014.
  • LaFollette, Hugh.  International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. 2013.  The major recent work in the field.
  • Jacobs, Jonathan A. Ethics A-Z. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005. Oak Grove Library Center.
  • Jennings, Bruce. Bioethics. Fourth ed.  Farmington Hills, Mich.: Macmillan Reference USA, a Part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
  • Holbrook, J. Britt and Carl Mitcham. Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource. Second ed. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
  • Singer, Peter. A Companion to Ethics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Reference, 1991. MAIN Core 170 C737 and Oak Grove Library Center.
  • Skorupski, John. The Routledge Companion to Ethics. London: Routledge, 2010. MAIN Library 170 R8.


Medieval Philosophy

Metaphysics and Ontology

  • Beebee, Helen, Nikk Effingham and Philip Goff. Metaphysics: The Key Concepts.  Abingdon: Routledge, 2011.  MAIN Reference 110 B414m.
  • Burkhardt, Hans, Johanna Seibt, Guido Imaguire, and Stamatios Gerogiorgakis. Handbook of Mereology. München: Philosophia Verlag GmbH, 2017. Main BD396 .H36 2017.
  • Kim, Jaegwon, Ernest Sosa, and Gary S. Rosenkrantz. A Companion to Metaphysics. 2nd ed. Malden, MA ; Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
  • Le Poidevin, Robin. The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. London: Routledge, 2009.  MAIN Library 110 R869.
  • Schrenk, Markus Andreas. Handbuch Metaphysik. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler Verlag, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, 2017. Main BD113 .H36 2017.

Philosophy of Language

  • Chapman, Siobhan, and Christopher Routledge. Key Ideas in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009. Also in print at MAIN Library 401 K44
  • Cummings, Louise. The Pragmatics Encyclopedia. Abingdon, [England]: Routledge, 2010. MAIN Reference 306.44 P89808.
  • Devitt, Michael, and Richard Hanley. The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Language. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing, 2006. Also in print at Oak Grove Library Center.
  • Hale, Bob, and Crispin Wright. A Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999. Also in print at MAIN Library 401 C737.
  • Lamarque, Peter, and R. E. Asher. Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language. Kidlington, Oxford: Pergamon, 1997. MAIN Reference 401 C744.
  • Lappin, Shalom., and Chris Fox. The Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory. 2nd ed.  Hoboken: Wiley, 2015.
  • LePore, Ernest, and Barry C. Smith. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford: Clarendon Press 2006. MAIN Reference 401 O98.

Philosophy of Law

  • Gray, Christopher B. The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland Pub., 1999. MAIN Reference 340.1 P5682.
  • Enzyklopädie zur Rechtsphilosophie.  Internationale Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie.

Philosophy of Mind

Political Philosophy

  • Bevir, Mark. Encyclopedia of Political Theory. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2010. Also in print at Oak Grove Library Center.
  • Claeys, Gregory, Michael S. Cummings, and Lyman Tower Sargent. Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, 2013. 
  • Clarke, Paul A. B., and Joe Foweraker. Encyclopedia of Democratic Thought. London Routledge, 2001. MAIN Reference 321.803 E561.
  • Gibbons, Michael T. The Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2015.
  • Goodin, Robert E., Philip Pettit, and Thomas Winfried Menko Pogge. A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2007. Also in print at MAIN Library 320.01 C7375 2007.
  • Nay, Olivier, Johann Michel, and Antoine Roger. Dictionnaire de la pensée politique: idées, doctrines et philosophes. Paris: Dalloz, 2005. MAIN Reference 320.03 N331d.
  • Pike, Jonathan E., and Oliver Leaman. Political Philosophy A-Z. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007.

Social Theory

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