Welcome to the Philosophy subject guide for Indiana University Bloomington
We're glad you're here. This guide contains information and resources pertaining to the field of philosophy. Here you'll find featured content, instructional support information, research tips, a list of relevant resources, and new titles.
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What is truth? What is knowledge? What is goodness? Philosophy (from the Greek for “love of wisdom”) is the discipline of asking such questions about the fundamental nature of the universe. The IU Bloomington Libraries’ Philosophy collection supports research and teaching in all branches of philosophy. Philosophy encompasses a wide range of subfields, from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics to the philosophy of science.
Historically, emphasis has been placed on Western philosophy (Western Europe, Great Britain, and America); coverage of the philosophy of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America is limited, but growing. The philosophy collection is housed on the 4th floor of the Herman B Wells Library.
To learn more about the IU Department of Philosophy, visit their website.
bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) is one the most influential theorists, social activists, and feminists of the latter 20th and early 21st centuries. She was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky to a working-class African-American family in 1952. She spent the early part of her childhood under the long shadow of segregation, attending a segregated elementary school. Later, she moved on to an integrated school, graduating from Hopkinsville High School. She obtained a BA in English from Stanford University in 1973, an MA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976, and a PhD in the same subject from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1983. She then taught at several colleges and universities including Santa Cruz, Oberlin College, and Yale. She passed away in 2021.
We have curated a series of her writings, as well as a few documentaries to which she contributed, in order to provide an introduction to her work.
To learn more her work and life, please enjoy a selection of online resources we've gathered to celebrate bell:
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