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Philosophy



I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the Ph.D. level in the following fields; aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, history of philosophy, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, philosophy of law, philosophy of medicine, logic, metaphysics, political and social philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and value theory. While concern for these fields is centered in the Philosophy Department, faculty and students in various other university departments also have specific interests in one or more of the areas, as for instance students in the fine arts in aesthetics, students of linguistics in the philosophy of language, students in computer science in logic, etc.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: English will be the primary language of the collection. Materials in any language may be collected, but, among foreign languages, ancient Greek, Latin, French, and German will be preferred, and works originally published in these languages will generally be purchased both in the original and in English translation. Secondary emphasis is on other Western languages (particularly Dutch, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese), the Slavic languages (particularly Russian and Polish), Arabic, and Hebrew. For a restricted number of the most important philosophers (e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Kant), non-English critical editions will be collected extensively. Works published originally in languages other than those mentioned above will ordinarily be purchased only when translated into English. The library will, however, acquire the original text of the writings of major philosophers, no matter what the language (e.g., Kierkegaard's works in Danish).

B. Chronological Guidelines: No limitations. Materials relevant to the study of the progression of philosophic thought from its ancient beginnings to the present will be collected.

C. Geographical Guidelines: While there are no geographical distinctions to be drawn within the subject-matter of philosophy, there are various schools and traditions that are of differing interests to UT scholars. Works of Western philosophers will be collected extensively (subject to the above language restrictions), while writings of non-western (e.g., Arab, Chinese, Indian) philosophers will be acquired only selectively. Writings of Latin American philosophers in all sub-fields will be collected comprehensively.

D. Treatment of Subject: Biographies of philosophers will be collected selectively. History of philosophy, including the history of philosophic concepts and historical studies of the various subdivisions of the field itself, will be collected extensively. Lower division textbooks, including anthologies, will not be purchased, nor will works about philosophy written on a popular level.

E. Types of Material: Encyclopedia and dictionaries of philosophy, reports of philosophical institutes, proceedings of philosophical congresses and conferences, directories of philosophers, indexes and abstracts, and bibliographies will be purchased extensively. Theses and dissertations from other institutions will be purchased in very restricted numbers.

F. Date of Publication: More current books will be acquired than will retrospective, but, since few items ever really become outdated, it is expected that retrospective purchases will continue to be an important part of the acquisitions program.

G. Other General Considerations: Three special programs, primarily for graduate students, are offered in cooperation with other departments. They are
  1. Ancient Philosophy (with Classics)
  2. History and Philosophy of Science (with history)
  3. Philosophy of Medicine (with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston).

Because of their historical relationship to various philosophical traditions, a number of disciplines will be interested in philosophical publications. In addition to those previously mentioned, these include government, sociology, psychology, physics, and education.

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center maintains special collections in the history of logic, the history of science, and a special author collection on George Santayana, the twentieth-century American philosopher.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Aesthetics: (Including Philosophy Of Art) - - C Philosophy
Epistemology: (Including Philosophy Of Mind) - - C Philosophy
Ethics: - - C Philosophy
History of Philosophy: (Including Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance And Modern): Emphasis upon significant individual philosophers and schools, traditions, and concepts in Western philosophy. - - C Philosophy
Exception: Ancient Greek Philosophy (also of strong interest to Classic Department). - - D Philosophy
Philosophy of History: History Department also has interest, particularly in connection with historiography. - - C Philosophy
Philosophy of Language: - - C Philosophy
Philosophy of Law: , Tarlton Law Library: Jamail Center for Legal Research also has relevant titles. - - C Philosophy
Logic: Interest here shared by Mathematics and Computer Sciences as will as by Philosophy. Note also that a special collection on the history of logic is maintained in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. - - D Philosophy
Metaphysics: - - C Philosophy
Philosophy of Medicine: (includes bio-ethics) - - C Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion: (Including Philosophical Theology): Soviet publications in this field (i.e., "Scientific Atheism") will not ordinarily be acquired; nor will doctrinal works per se. Local theological seminary collections include works of both doctrinal and broader philosophical import. - - C Philosophy
Philosophy of Science: The History Department also has strong interest in philosophy of science because of ire interrelationship with history of science. - - C Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy: - - C Philosophy
Value Theory: - - C Philosophy

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