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PHIL_109-6: Future Tense: The Ethics of What Will Be (Cochran): Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Dictionaries of Philosophical Terms


  • Special subject encyclopedias are useful for getting a firm background on a subject before plunging into the scholarly literature.   Consider these useful alternatives to the ubiquitous Wikipedia:

Batten, Donna. Gale Encyclopedia of American Law. 3rd ed. Detroit, Mich: Gale, 2010. Internet.  Covers today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, and important documents.

Borchert, Donald M. Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. Internet.

Chadwick, Ruth F. Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. 2nd ed. London: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2012. Internet.

Craig, Edward. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge, 1998- . Internet. Continuously updated.

Danesi, and Danesi, Marcel. Encyclopedia of Media and Communication.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. Main Library  1 East - Reference Section   302.203 E563.

Have, Henk ten. Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015. Internet.

Holbrook, J. Britt. Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage, 2015. Internet.

Jennings, Bruce. Bioethics. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan, 2014.  Internet.

LaFollette, Hugh. International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2013. Internet.

´╗┐Mansell, Robin and Peng Hwa Ang. International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Internet.

Nussbaum, Jon F.  Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Communication. Oxford University Press, 2015. Internet.

Sammut, Claude, and Geoffrey I. Webb. Encyclopedia of Machine Learning and Data Mining. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2017. Internet.

Stanford University. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. [Stanford, Calif.]: Stanford University, 1997- . Internet.  Continuously updated.


  • Note that these encyclopedias are also useful for the bibliographies they contain:

(Partial bibliography from the article "Autonomy" in Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource).

Another Background Source

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