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A guide to finding reference and research materials in philosophy for undergraduate and graduate students

New Portable Chargers for Checkout!

You can now checkout Portable Chargers from the Hoose Library of Philosophy!

Chargers can be checked out from the Philosophy Library circulation desk for a maximum of 3 hours and must be used within the library.  Before checking a charger out for the first time, you will be asked to fill out an agreement form with information on our checkout and fines policy.

The Portable Chargers can be used to charge any device that is compatible with a Lightning Cable or Micro-USB!


Philosophy can be defined as the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Philosophy has a long history. The traditional branches of philosophy are metaphysics, epistemology, logic, aesthetics, and ethics. In the 20th Century, the philosophical foundations of science and linguistic analysis occupied the work many Anglo-American philosophers; whereas in Europe, critical theory and post-modernist interpretations of philosophical problems emerged. The following is a select list of reference and research materials in philosophy that is aimed at both undergraduate and graduate study. All resources selected are available in the reference section of the Hoose Library of Philosophy. Many of the resources are also available in the Reference Center of the Doheny Library and the Information Commons of the Leavey Library.

USC Head, Hoose Library of Philosophy/Humanities Librarian

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Melissa Miller
Dr. Melissa L. Miller
Head, Hoose Library of Philosophy / Humanities Librarian
Subject Specialist for: Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, History of Science and Technology, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature

Office hours: By appointment only

Library Supervisor: Leavey Library & Hoose Library of Philosophy

Rebecca Michelson
Leavey Library: Evening/Weekend Public Services Library Supervisor
Hoose Library of Philosophy: Public Services Library Supervisor