Dr Tom Kerns
North Seattle Community College


Library Reference Materials

Here are some excellent and readable reference sources which are available in most college libraries

I. Histories of Philosophy (selected for accuracy and readability)

  • Frederick Copleston, A History of Philosophy, 8 vols
  • W T Jones, A History of Western Philosophy, 4 vols
  • Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (a popular best seller in the 1950s)

II. Encyclopedias and Other Reference Works

  • Great Books of the Western World (54 vols), The Syntopicon, vols 2 & 3
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 8 vols
  • Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology, 4 vols
  • The Oxford Classical Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, 13 vols
  • Praeger Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Civilization
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4 vols