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For Current and Prospective Students

What Are the Main Areas of Philosophy?

  • Metaphysics: the study of the nature of reality
  • Epistemology: the study of knowledge
  • Logic: the study of correct reasoning
  • Ethics: the study of moral values
  • Philosophy of Art: the study of artistic values
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy

Online Encyclopedias of Philosophy

These are peer reviewed. The articles are written by experts, so the information is quite reliable.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Some of the online resources below require that you connect to the IUP network via VPN.

Philosophy Journals

These resources facilitate searching for and obtaining published articles about philosophy; they are subscription only, but these links lead to access through the IUP network.

The Philosopher’s Index
This is a searchable index of every article, book, and book review published in philosophy over the past hundred years.

Many full text journal articles can be found through IUP’s subscriptions to journal archive providers such as POIESIS (VPN required), JSTOR, EBSCO, Literature Online, etc. Once you have identified the journal name, year, volume, and issue that contains the article you are looking for, begin your search for that journal here. If your search is unsuccessful, search for a hardcopy of the journal through the IUP Libraries Online Catalog. If your search is still unsuccessful, you may want to consider Interlibrary Loan.

Other Reference

Many general reference resources are available through IUP, such as the Oxford English Dictionary and the Encyclopedia Britannica. See IUP’s Online Database and Reference Portal for a full list.

eBooks

Many electronic books are made available through the IUP Reference Portal; for example, Net Library and PastMasters.

Reminder

Even material found on the Internet must be properly cited. The UCLA library has useful Internet citation guidelines.

Additional Student Opportunities

Internship opportunities can be arranged to suit each student’s interests; recent internships have included placements at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and at Western Psychiatric Hospital, also in Pittsburgh.

In recent years, philosophy students from IUP have delivered papers and participated with faculty members as panelists at the State System of Higher Education Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference, which is held annually on the campuses of various member institutions.

Howard Z. Fitzgerald Philosophy Essay Contest

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