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Collection Development Policy Statement Philosophy

SUL Philosophy Resource page
Selector: John Rawlings
1/7/2006, rev. 3/2/2009

I. Programmatic Information

"Philosophy concerns itself with fundamental problems. Some are abstract and deal with the nature of truth, justice, value and knowledge; others are more concrete and their study may help guide conduct or enhance understanding of other subjects." (Stanford Bulletin) The library collects writing covering all aspects of this undertaking--whether of a contemporary or historical focus. The Philosophy department normally hosts twenty-five to thirty research and teaching faculty, fifty graduate students, and forty undergraduate majors. Related centers and programs include CSLI and Ethics in Society Program. Faculty interests are documented on the department’s web site In addition to and part and parcel of philosophical writing per se, the philosophy selector purchases a significant portion of the material on critical theory acquired by SUL, as well as works and editions dealing with intellectual history--in a broad sense--worldwide (from Rousseau to Lau Tzu to Lacan and Derrida).

II. Coordination & Cooperative Information

The Philosophy department underwrites the Tanner library, located in the department. Most of Tanner’s holdings are duplicated by Green library except, notably, blocks of several journal runs, mostly covering portions of the 1970s, which are in Tanner only. Tanner library books and journals are cataloged in Socrates. For details of library holdings see the Tanner Library web page. The Philosophy department and SUL have agreed that over time and as Tanner space requirements dictate, the above-,emtioned journal backsets will be transferred to Green. The practice of close cooperation and cordial relations between the Tanner librarian and the Green philosophy selector has always been observed.

Within SUL:

• The Philosophy selector covers Ancient Philosophy with the Classics selector.

• The Medieval Studies selector covers philosophical writing from roughly the time of Plotinus and the development of Neoplatonism in the late-third century A.D. thru roughly 1500.

• Hebrew language material is acquired by the Jewish Studies curator.

• Russian and other eastern European language material is acquired by the Slavic curator

• The Religious Studies selector regularly buys material on eastern religions and philosophy--particularly the literature of Buddhism

• The Math/Computer Science librarian collects for symbolic and mathematical logic; the Philosophy selector for the history of logic and practical reasoning.

• The Philosophy selector routinely purchases works treating the philosophy of science and aesthetics, though it is also common for subject selectors to cover the philosophy of their respective fields, e.g., law, education, etc.

• Cognitive Science as a discipline is the responsibility of the Psychology selector, but writing on the philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, etc., is routinely collected by the Philosophy selector.

With UC Berkeley version 2, Feb. 28, 2009

English language publications

  • Stanford will assume responsibility for monographic purchases of English language titles from the following publishers: Benjamins, Brepols, Brill, De Gruyter, Ontos, Peeters, and Rodopi. Excluded are titles already received on standing order at Berkeley and titles covering philosophy before the year 1500, which are acquired at one or both institutions by other selectors.
  • Berkeley will assume responsibility for monographic purchases of English language titles from the British publishers Ashgate and Palgrave Macmillan. Additionally Berkeley will assume responsibility for the titles from Continuum for which only one copy is needed between the two campuses.
  • Stanford and Berkeley will share responsibility for collecting revised dissertations from US/UK publishers.
  • Stanford and Berkeley will share responsibility for purchasing other titles for which it is deemed sufficient to have only one copy for both campuses.

Language/Subject Cooperation: German language publications

Informal cooperation over many years has already shaped collections and current collecting behavior. To strengthen and extend this cooperation,

  • Stanford will rely on Berkeley even more thoroughly for secondary works in Early Modern philosophy from the Germanic countries;this is a special collecting area for Berkeley, which is strong for the period 1450-1750, extending even up into the first decades of the 19th century in connection with the Swiss Enlightenment collection (which is chiefly Germanic).
  • Berkeley library will rely on Stanford for in depth collection of secondary works from Germanic countries for the period after 1820.
  • Each library will continue to strongly support long-established local research emphasis on such key thinkers as Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, and Heidegger.
  • The bibliographers will consult with one another before placing any new Germanic print subscriptions for philosophy journals and standing orders for monographic series.

Jan Carter, US/UK/Commonwealth Librarian, UCB, <>
John Rawlings, Philosophy Bibliographer, <>
James H. Spohrer, Librarian for the Germanic Collections, UCB, <>

III. Subject & Language Modifiers

• Geographical: Major philosophical traditions worldwide. Most of the material acquired either comes out of or is about the major U.S. and European issues, problems, schools, orientations.

• Chronological: All periods, except Medieval European and Islamic periods covered by the Medieval Studies selector.

• Language: English, German, and French make up 95% of the acquisitions on the philosophy fund series. Detail: 55% English | 34.4% German | 10% French

IV. Description of Material Collected

• Types of material collected: Books, periodicals, electronic databases (textual and bibliographic), dissertations.

• Publication date: Current material is almost exclusively acquired (95%+ of acquisitions).

• Imprint: U.S., U.K., Germany, and France account for over 90% of acquisitions. Detail: 33.3% U.S. | 28.6% Germany | 18.4% U.K. | 10.6% French


Periodicals etc B 4/4F (Chinese & Japanese language:3/3 by E. Asia library)

History & Systems : Alexandrian & Early Christian B630-708 3/4F

Medieval B720-765 4/4F

Arabian, Moorish, Islam B740-75 3/4F

Jewish philosophers B755-759 3/4F

European philosophers B756 4/4F

Renaissance B770-785 4/4F

Modern (1450-1600) B790-4695 4/4F

Special topics: Language & Semantics B840 4/4F

Logic BS2430 4/4F

Metaphysics BD100-131 4/4F

Epistemology BD143-246 4/4F

Methodology BD240-241 4/4F

Ontology BD300-450 4/4F

Aesthetics BH 4/4F

Ethics BJ1-1800 4/4E

Religious Ethics BJ1188-1500 3/3E

Social Usages. Etiquette BJ1800-2193 2/2E

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