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These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Philosophy collection of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus). For questions or more information, please contact the Philosophy Studies Librarian.
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Philosophy is the study of thought concerning nature, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, being, knowledge, logic, and all manner of theory. “Philosophy” comes from Greek words meaning “love of wisdom.” Philosophy uses the tools of logic and reason to analyze the ways in which humans experience the world. It teaches critical thinking, close reading, clear writing, and logical analysis; it uses these to understand the language we use to describe the world, and our place within it (from the UW Philosophy Dept. website).
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Dewey Decimal Classification (Dewey materials are all located in remote storage):