Purpose of Collection:

The Philosophy collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Philosophy is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts & Social sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as English Language and Literature, Film Studies, Art History, Public Affairs, Political Science, and Law.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Philosophy Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
  • Ethics (Ethical theory, meta-ethics, intercultural ethics, health ethics, developmental ethics, environmental ethics, bio-ethics)
  • Political philosophy (moral and social, political)
  • Feminist ethics and aesthetics
  • History of Philosophy (ancient, early modern, modern and 19th-20th century)
  • Philosophy of language, knowledge, and mind
  • Semantics
  • Philosophy and religion

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


All geographical locations with focus on North America and Europe.


English is the primary language of the collection. Works published in other languages are selectively purchased and at the specific request of faculty.


  • Books
  • Journals
  • Dissertations/theses
  • Audiovisual materials


  • No exclusions

Additional Collection Information

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