The philosophy collection is used primarily by those members of the Cornell community taking courses in the Philosophy Department, and faculty and graduate students of the Department of Philosophy. The collection also supports philosophical aspects of other fields, such as classics, history, law, political science, literary criticism, art history, linguistics, the professions, women's studies, medieval studies, mathematics, and the sciences. Several Cornell scholars are doing their principal work in philosophy outside the Philosophy Department, notably German Studies, Classics, and the Society for the Humanities.
Existing Collection Strength: ECS: 4; Language: W
The collection emphasizes Anglo-American, French, German and other Continental philosophers, Classical and Medieval philosophy, and the philosophy of science. We offer substantial holdings of works by and about many of the Western philosophers. Some subjects are also supported by other libraries, e.g. Math (symbolic logic); Mann (ethical treatment of animals and the environment); law and Management (professional ethics).
Current Collecting: CCI: 3; Language: W
Primarily analytical philosophy, critiques of the major thinkers, historical schools, logic, ethics, bioethics, aesthetics, philosophy of science. Latin American and African philosophy are collected at 2-3 level. Russian/Soviet, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy are generally upported by area selectors. Philosophies of Asian origin are not supported by Asian collections, except in certain international areas such as yoga. Etiquette and "conduct of life" are not collected. Esoterica and occult topics are collected at 1-2 level, chiefly when the material is historical or has a philosophical approach (e.g.) hermeticism, alchemy). Expenditures tend to be equally divided among serials, monographic series, and other monographic purchases.
Subjects Covered (LC Classes): B-BD, some BF1400+, BH, BJ1-1500, some BP(theosophy), Q175(philosophy of science).
Geographical Areas Covered:
North America, Great Britain, Australia, Western Europe (especially French, German, Italian), ancient Greece and Rome. Major European philosophers collected in both vernacular and English, as funds permit. Eastern European, Dutch, Spanish and Scandinavian vernacular collected at a lower level. Receive many journals on exchange from abroad, primarily from Europe.
Introductory textbooks; most abridgments of standard works; rare books. Theses are usually not purchased, but we receive some on international exchange.