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III. Policies: Philosophy

  • Subject name: Philosophy
  • Subject abbreviations: PHIL
  • Bibliographer: Jennifer Knievel
  • Other subject responsibilities:
  • Address: 184 UCB
  • Phone: 303-492-8887
  • Email: Jennifer.Knievel@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
The CU/Boulder Department of Philosophy has emerged over the last ten years as one of the nation's leading graduate programs. It has distinguished faculty in all the core areas of philosophy, with particular strengths in metaphysics and ethics. The Department is also one of a few elite programs in the country that balance strength in contemporary philosophy with a serious interest in history. The faculty includes internationally recognized scholars that span the whole history of Western thought, from Plato and Aristotle, through the Middle Ages, to Kant and his successors.

A. Curricular emphasis:
General philosophy and philosophical history, metaphysics, ethics, logic, religion, social issues and philosophy (e.g. law, feminism, morality, politics)


B. Research emphasis:
Metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, specific philosophers, logic, social issues and philosophy, modern and historical philosophy


C. Level of Degrees granted:
BA, MA, PhD.


D. Special Studies Programs:
Summer Philosophy Institute (of Colorado) or SPICO, and the Philosophy Outreach Program (of Colorado) or POPCO


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
religion, classics, political science, psychology, linguistics, mathematics, history, physics, biology, fine arts, music, literature


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
The Center for Values and Social Policy
was founded in 1980 in order to bring the resources of philosophical analysis to bear on matters of social philosophy. The Philosophy Department, through the Center, offers B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees with a concentration in values and social policy. These programs are designed to help students acquire both the philosophical skills and the broad understanding of public issues required to participate effectively in policy discussions and social research.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Participants in the annual Rocky Mountain Student Philosophy Conference, students of Naropa university, Interlibrary Loan.


H. Other Considerations:
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of philosophy, relevant materials can be found throughout the library collections. Most philosophy materials are housed in the Norlin stacks. Some little-used materials are housed in PASCAL, the library storage facility.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Approval plan for books from Blackwell North American. Special orders for faculty and graduate student requests. Orders via faculty start-up funds. Catalog orders. Gifts in kind.


B .Languages:
Primarily English. Most common other language is German. Occasional sources in French and other romance languages. Frequent translations from Greek and Latin.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Since much of the study of Philosophy has a historical focus, both historical and recent sources are emphasized.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Primarily American, some European and Indian.


E. Treatment of Subject:
Scholarly treatments of philosophical figures and topics. Biographies and collected works of recognized philosophers. Some lower-division works about philosophers or ideas. Conference proceedings on topics relevant to departmental research areas are purchased. Very few anthologies. Anthologies of well-known essays that duplicate current holdings are particularly avoided. No textbooks are purchased. Popular works, particularly laymen's personal philosophies, are avoided.


F. Types of Materials:
An attempt is made to keep abreast of English language books, journals, and online databases that are focused on Philosophy. Dissertations, audiovisual materials, directories, handbooks, and testing guides are generally not collected.


G. Date of Publication:
An attempt is made to purchase both current and retrospective materials.


H. Other General Considerations:
Most philosophy materials are housed in the Norlin stacks. Some little-used materials are housed in PASCAL, the library storage facility.

III.Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class

Below is a very general outline for the LC class for Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion (B).


B Philosophy (General)

BC Logic

BD Speculative philosophy

BF Psychology

BH Aesthetics

BJ Ethics

BL-BX Religion

  • Bibliographer for Psychology is David Fagerstrom.
  • Bibliographer for Religion is Paul Moeller.

    Most of BF is housed in the Science Library, while the rest of the B classification is mostly housed in the Norlin Stacks.