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René Descartes/Karl Barth, after Peter Schenk – c. 1840
The main branches with the discipline cover the following areas:
The leading French language generalist journals are available over many years: Archives de philosophie, Revue de métaphysique et de morale, etc.
The Research library places a greater emphasis on the history of philosophy. All its works are in their original languages accompanied by translations.Its collections of books and journals cover every field of philosophy. However, a number of fields and periods are covered in greater depth:
A broad choice of open-access and closed-stack international journals is available covering the various different fields and movements within philosophy. Examples include Analysis, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, etc.
The Audiovisual Department offers 400 hours’ worth of sound recordings made by students of Gilles Deleuze during his lectures at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes from November 1979 to late 1984. Videos of lectures by Gilles Deleuze may also be viewed. Videos are also available of interviews with and portraits of contemporary philosophers, such as Vladimir Jankélévitch by Gérard-Guillaume (1969).
The Manuscripts Department, located at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu), holds all sources predating the invention of the printing press in its encyclopedic collections. These collections are particularly extensive for ancient and medieval philosophy, and include a large amount of unpublished material.
The Manuscripts Department also holds manuscripts by a large number of philosophers. Examples include Blaise Pascal, Jean-Paul Sartre, Auguste Comte, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
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