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PHI 233: Philosophy Looks at the U.S.: Searching for Books

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Use the search box below to find books (and sometimes articles and other material) in our collection. To expand your search beyond Gustavus from the search results screen, click "Libraries Worldwide," click on the title of an item, and click "Request from another library" if you'd like to borrow a copy.

Books: Philosophy Looks at the US

About this list:  Below are just a few of the books in our collection related to your course topics.

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Browsing the shelves: Philosophy Looks at the U.S.

Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic.

This classification system was "first developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to organize the book collections of the Library of Congress" (Library of Congress Classification) and continues to reflect the bias of that time and place. In addition, terminology within the system does not always keep pace with current usage.

An example:

  • American Philosophy is generally assigned the BL2500 - BL2592 range within the the larger philosophy classification (B)
  • *Except* philosophy of "American Indians" is assigned to the E-F range (History of the Americas)

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