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Philosophy: Books

A guide to finding information in philosophy. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: Blackburn Oxford philosophy

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Citation example in the Harvard style

The Department of Philosophy does not recommend any particular referencing style. The examples given here are in the Harvard style of referencing but you are welcome to use another style if you wish. The most important point to remember is that you are consistent in all your references.

See the Citing references tab in this guide and your student handbook for more detailed guidance.


Attfield, R (2014), Environment ethics: an overview for the twenty-first century, 2nd ed. Cambridge: Polity

Chapter in a book example

Sunstein, C.R. (2005), 'Can animals sue?', in Animal rights: current debates and new directions, C.R.Sunstein and M.C.Nussbaum (eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 251-261

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

Book locations

2nd Floor

100 Philosophy - general works
110 Metaphysics
111 Ontology
111.85 Aesthetics
120 Other metaphysical theories
121 Epistemology, Theory of Knowledge
126 Consciousness and personality
128 Mind, Soul
140 Philosophical systems, doctrines
149.94 Semantic Philosophy
149.96 Structuralism
149.97 Postmodernism
160 Logic
170 Ethics
171.5 Utilitarian ethics
174 Occupational ethics
174.2 Bioethics
179.1 Environmental ethics
179.7 Suicide/Medical ethics
181 Eastern philosophy
182-188 Ancient Western philosophy
190 Modern Western philosophy
200 Religion

3rd Floor

500 Science
501 Philosophy of science
509 History of science


Please note that books marked as 'Large' will be in separate sections to the rest of the books. For more information see the link below.

Abortion 179.76
Altruism 171.8
Ancient philosophy 180
American Philosophers 191
Animal cruelty/Animal rights 179.3
Aristotle’s philosophy 185.1

Beauty 111.85
Belief and doubt 121.6
British Philosophers 192
Business ethics 174

Canadian Philosophers 191
Cause and effect 122
Christian morality 171.1
Christian philosophy, theories 201
Citizenship 172.1
Cognition 153
Conscience 171.6
Cosmology 113
Critical philosophy 142

Death 128.5
Determinism 123
Dreams 135.3

Ethics 170
Evolutionary ethics 171.7
Existentialism 111.1

Family ethics 173
Freedom and necessity 123
French Philosophers 194
Friendship 177.6

German and Austrian Philosophers 193
God, theories about 211

Happiness, Hedonism 171.4
History of philosophy 109
Human nature 128.3
Humanism 144

Indian philosophy 181.4
Induction 161
Islamic philosophy 181.947

Jewish philosophy 181.3

Language of philosophy 101.4 & 412
Logic 160
Love 177.6

Materialism 146.3
Mathematical logic 164
Medieval Western philosophy 189
Medical ethics 170.42
Metaethics 179.7
Memory 154
Mind and body 130.1
Modern Western philosophy 190
Morality 171
Mysticism 149.3
Mythology, Comparative 291

Natural theology 210
Naturalism 146

Optimism 149.5
Oriental philosophy 181

Pacifism 172.4
Paradoxes 165
Philosophy of religion 201
Plato’s philosophy 184.1
Political ethics 172
Positivism 146.4
Postmodernism 149.97
Pre-Socratic Philosophy 182
Prohibition 178.5
Psychology of religion 201.6
Punishment 179

Rationalism 149.7
Reasoning 135.6

Scepticism 149.73
Science and religion 215
Semantics in philosophy 149.94 & 412
Sexual Ethics 176
Social ethics 177
Soul 128 & 129
Sophistic & Socratic Philosophy 183
Stoic Philosophers 188
Structuralism 149.96
Suicide 179.7
Symbolic logic 511.3

Transcendentalism 141.3

Utilitarianism 144.6

Values 121.8