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.
In celebration of Pride Month, we've created this feature on queer theory.
Queer theory is a way of thinking that dismantles traditional assumptions about gender and sexual identities. The field emerged from sexuality studies and women's studies. Queer theorists analyze gender and sexuality as socially and culturally constructed concepts. The goal of queer theory is to challenge traditional academic approaches and fight against social inequality.
Access the resources on queer theory by going to "Introduction to Queer Theory" or by navigating to the "Features" section (on the left side, in the menu) and selecting "Introduction to Queer Theory."
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.
Rachel Brill (she/her) - Arts & Humanities Library Assistant