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Philosophy

From Greek philosophers to current research
René Descartes/Karl Barth, after Peter Schenk – c. 1840

René Descartes/Karl Barth, after Peter Schenk – c. 1840

Books and journals at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand) are organized around the history of philosophy and the various different branches within the discipline.

The main branches with the discipline cover the following areas:

  • the philosophy of art
  • the philosophy of knowledge 
  • political philosophy 
  • moral philosophy
The Reference library offers a body of works covering the history of philosophy from pre-Socratic times up to the present day. It also offers materials to help readers access major philosophical texts and study them in more depth: introductions, textbooks, commentaries, etc. This historical approach is supplemented by a collection covering major contemporary ethical, social, and political issues and questions.

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:

  • ancient philosophy
  • French and German philosophy 
  • the main contemporary philosophical movements (phenomenology, logical positivism, analytical philosophy, etc.) 
  • epistemology 
  • political philosophy 
  • the philosophy of art
To make readers’ work easier, fundamental texts and reference collections within the discipline are available on an open-access basis.

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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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