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Philosophy: Finding Books

Resources for the USD community interested in Philosophy.

Find Books at USD

Search our Catalog for books, videos, and other items.

Start on the library home page


  • Limit your search results to e-books, print books, journals, DVDs, etc. on the left side of the results screen
  • You can also limit your search results to items only available in Copley Library
  • Follow the Subjects at the bottom of each individual record for similar items

To see only books and media "in" the library, go to Catalog, not Catalog Plus

Request Books From Other Libraries

If a book is not available at the USD Libraries you have two options:


Request your book from the(the combined catalog for USD, SDSU, UCSD, CSU San Marcos and San Diego County Public Libraries). If you find the book you need in the Circuit you can simply make an online request and have the book delivered to Copley Library.   


Use Interlibrary Loan to request books, chapters, journal articles, films, music, scores, and a variety of other types of sources we don't have at Copley. Log in with your USD One account information and follow the instructions to set up your account, then enter your requests.

Would you like to just browse the shelves?

Philosophy books are generally located in the B section of the Copley Stacks, beginning just to the right of the Research Assistance Desk on the lower level of Copley.  The following is a breakdown of the Library of Congress call numbers and their corresponding subjects.  You can also use these subjects to do a Subject search in the library catalog.

B1-5802                                 Philosophy (General)

B69-99                                         General works

B108-5802                                    By period

Including individual philosophers and schools of philosophy

B108-708                                            Ancient

B720-765                                            Medieval

B770-785                                            Renaissance

B790-5802                                          Modern

B808-849                                                  Special topics and schools of philosophy

B850-5739                                                By region or country

B5800-5802                                              By religion

BC1-199                                 Logic

BC11-39                                       History

BC25-39                                             By period

BC60-99                                       General works

BC171-199                                    Special topics

BD10-701                               Speculative philosophy

BD10-41                                       General philosophical works

BD95-131                                     Metaphysics

BD143-237                                    Epistemology.  Theory of knowledge

BD240-260                                    Methodology

BD300-450                                    Ontology

Including being, the soul, life, death

BD493-701                                    Cosmology

Including teleology, space and time, structure of matter,

plurality of worlds

BH1-301                                 Aesthetics

BH81-208                                     History

BH301                                          Special topics

BJ1-1725                                Ethics

BJ71-1185                                    History and general works

Including individual ethical philosophers

BJ1188-1295                                 Religious ethics

BJ1298-1335                                 Evolutionary and genetic ethics

BJ1365-1385                                 Positivist ethics

BJ1388                                         Socialist ethics

BJ1390-1390.5                              Communist ethics

BJ1392                                         Totalitarian ethics

BJ1395                                         Feminist ethics

BJ1518-1697                                 Individual ethics.  Character.  Virtue

Including practical and applied ethics, conduct of life, vices,

success, ethics for children

BJ1725                                         Ethics of social groups, classes, etc.  Professional ethics

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