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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy

The Philosophers

To locate works written by a specific philosopher enter the philosopher's name in an author search in the library catalog.

To locate works written about a specific philosopher enter the philosopher's name in a subject search in the library catalog.

For example:  


Journals specializing in ancient philosophy include:
Journal of Indian Philosophy

Articles on ancient philosophy may also be found in journals with a broader theme.  Try searching your topic on JSTOR or the EBSCOhost databases.  See the journal articles tab for more resources.

Locating Titles by Subject

It's usually best to start with a keyword search, but subject headings applied to relevant books can help to refine your results. Open the item record of a book that interests you. Scroll down to the clickable subject headings, and run another search to explore similar books.

You can also browse the headings associated with a particular topic as a way of getting started with your research.

Titles on ancient philosopy are cataloged with the broad subject heading Philosophy, Ancient

Some examples are:

Ancient philosophy: essential readings with commentary
   (View table of contents online)
   GENERAL B111 .A534 2008

Ancient women philosophers, 600 B.C.-500 A.D.
Aristotle; fundamentals of the history of his development.
   GENERAL B485 .J33 
The Cambridge companion to Plato / edited by Richard Kraut
   Print and Online Versions
   GENERAL B395 .C28 1992
The complete works of Aristotle : the revised Oxford translation / edited by Jonathan Barnes
   GENERAL B407 .S6 1984 v.1&2
The Blackwell guide to ancient philosophy
   GENERAL B171 .B65 2003
Videorecording: The great ideas of philosophy
   UNCA DVD B72 .R63 2004
   Discs 1-3 include lectures on ancient Greek and Roman philosophy

Library Classics Research Databases

Online Resources

The Internet Classics Archive
   Online works from various authors, mostly western.

Erratic Impact: Ancient Philosophy
   Listing of important people and events in ancient philosophy, with links to suggested reading and some online resources.  A starting point for brainstorming topics and sources.