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Philosophy: Books


Types of Books you may encounter: 

Anthology - A  published collection of articles or writing.

Scholarly Books - Sometimes called 'Monographs', these books are written by scholars and experts in Philosophy intended for other specialists in the field. Scholarly books are typically published by a university press or other scholarly publishing house. 

Primary Sources - Though many books are secondary sources, some books can be considered primary sources.

Some examples of primary source books in Philosophy include: 

Original Literature (sometimes called seminal texts such as Plato's Republic) - Secondary sources can also be seminal sources. Seminal just means “universally recognized as something everyone should read.


Reproduction of Diaries, essays, and other personal manuscripts.

Search Centre College Online Catalog

The Centre College Library uses Library of Congress cataloging. To find print books, you can use the library search catalog (see above) or browse our physical shelving. 

To search our library catalog, we recommend using "subject headings" which are recognized words or phrases used to catalog books. Some subject headings refer to authors, time periods, or philosophical concepts and subjects. 

Examples of subject headings:

Note the numerous sub-headings when searching the subject of Philosophy. Many refer to specific time periods.

  • Philosophy, Ancient--History

  • Philosophy, Renaissance
  • Philosophy, Modern
  • Philosophy, Ancient--Political Aspects

  • Socrates—Political and Social Views

If you would like to browse our shelves, our philosophy collection is located on the main floor, near the restrooms. 

Useful Call Numbers

Call numbers for Philosophy typically start with B

  • B  Philosophy (General)

    • B1-5802     Philosophy (General)  
    • B69-99     General works     
    • B108-5802     By period    Including individual philosophers and schools of philosophy 
    • B108-708     Ancient 
    • B720-765     Medieval     
    • B770-785     Renaissance  
    • B790-5802     Modern     
    • B808-849     Special topics and schools of philosophy
    • B850-5739     By region or country 
    • B5800-5802     By religion  
  •  BC  Logic
  •  BD Speculative Philosophy
  • BH  Aesthetics
  • BJ Ethics

Philosophy as it relates to other subjects in the library: 

GE 40–42: Environmental philosophy and ethics

HE 61: Philosophy of Social Sciences

HQ 1190: Feminist Philosophy 

Q 174–175: Philosophy of science




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