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.
Philosophers have long pondered the natural world, but with the threat of climate change, concerns about environmentalism are more significant than ever. This feature covers the fields of environmental ethics and aesthetics.
Access the resources on environmental philosophy by going to "Environmental Ethics & Aesthetics" or by navigating to the "Features" section (on the left side, in the menu) and selecting "Environmental Ethics & Aesthetics."
And remember to celebrate Earth Day on April 22!
If you'd like to explore more thematic content relevant to climate change, environmental justice, and nature, check out the Environmental Justice & Earth Day feature at the Media Studies Research Guide, which includes music, novels, feature films, and documentaries on these topics.
Feminism is the belief in the social, economic, and political equality of all sexes.
This feature covers some of the history and individual movements within feminism.
Access the resources on waves of feminism and its various lineages of thought by going to "Feminist Philosophies" or by navigating to the "Features" section (on the left side, in the menu) and selecting "Feminist Philosophies."
This feature is part of a series of interrelated content in celebration of Women's History Month. If you'd like to engage further with feminism in its various forms and across media, along with women's history, consider checking out our other highlights in the Arts & Humanities department:
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