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Reference Sources for Background Information

To familiarize yourself with certain topics or language used in your discipline, you might consult specialized philosophy reference sources such as encyclopedias and dictionaries to find:

  • Introductions to major philosophers and their works

  • Definitions and overviews of topics 

  • Bibliographies pointing you to more sources

  • Major events influencing the field

  • Historical timelines of philosophical works 

In this section are some key philosophy reference works that can be helpful as you begin your research.

Selected Reference Sources

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