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Philosophy Resources: Books

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Philosophy Dictionaries

  • Dictionary of Philosophy / Antony Flew. London: McMillan, 1979.
  • Contains definitions and entries about philosophers (mostly European). Although some terms are cross-referenced, many other terms are not. This is a good place to look for general definitions; however, some of the entries make use of symbols or advanced syllogisms.
  • Dictionary of Philosophy / A. R. Lacey. London, Boston: Routledge & K. Paul, 1976.
  • This work contains general definitions and entries on terms used in the field of philosophy and on 80 individual philosophers. Cross-references are denoted by small capital letters. Individual terms which are cross-referenced are shown by the use of italics. Each entry contains a list of readings.
  • Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology / Edited by James Mark Baldwin. Gloucester, Massachusetts: P. Smith, 1960.
  • Contains short definitions of terms used in philosophy and psychology in non-technical, lay-person’s terms. The entries are cross-referenced. Each article is signed by initials. This is an older work, but it is still used by practitioners in both fields.
  • Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion: Eastern and Western Thought / William L. Reese. New and enlarged edition. Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1996.
  • This dictionary contains short defining entries on various topics and thinkers in the fields of philosophy and religion. It is alphabetical, and contains cross-references. The entries are clear and concise. This is a basic work for quick definitions.
  • Philosophical Dictionary / Edited by Walter Brugger; translated by Kenneth Baker. Spokane: Gonzaga University Press, 1972.
  • This work contains short, signed entries on assorted popular topics within the field. The work is non-technical. The book does not contain a bibliography, nor does it have cross-references. This dictionary is good for general background information on a particular topic.
  • Philosophical Dictionary / Voltaire. Basic Books, 1967. 2 volumes.
  • This book contains essays on various topics in philosophy. It was written by the French philosopher and thinker Voltaire (1694-1778). The work functions more as a set of essays than as a dictionary. This is a classic work that should be consulted by serious students and scholars in the field.
  • Oxford Companion to Philosophy / Edited by Ted Honderich. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • A series of short entries on topics relating to philosophy, this work attempts to provide a comprehensive picture of classical and English-language philosophy in a format accessible to undergraduates. The signed entries range from one paragraph to one page in length. There are readings at the end of each article. There are appendices on logical symbols, maps of philosophy, and a chronological table of philosophy. There is also an index of terms which functions as a thesaurus in suggesting the headings that are used within the work.
  • The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy / Edited by James Fieser. Martin, TN.: University of Tennessee at Martin, 1997.
  • Articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy are currently from three sources (1) adaptations from public domain sources, (2) adaptations of material written by the editor for classroom purposes, and (3) original contributions by professional philosophers around the internet. Over time, the editor seeks to replace all of the first two types of articles with original contributions by professional philosophers.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy / Edited by Edward N. Zalta. Palo Alto, CA.: Stanford University Center for the Study of Language and Information, 1997.
    This Web encyclopedia constantly changes with the addition of new entries and the modification of existing entries. Consequently, you can expect the entries in this encyclopedia to be responsive to new research. The entries are evaluated by an Editorial Board.
  • Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics / San Diego: Academic Press, 1988. 4 volumes.
  • This work addresses the field of applied ethics. Applied ethics is the study of ethics in the context of scientific, social, medical, or legal issues. The encyclopedia includes 281 full-length signed articles with cross-references. Each article contains a bibliography. The index is located at the back of the fourth volume.
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics / New York: Free Press, 1978. 4 volumes.
  • This work contains alphabetical articles on a variety of subjects within bioethics. There is an index in the back, and also a systematic classification of articles according to broad subject matter. At the end of the encyclopedia there is a references section; there is also a bibliography at the end of each article. The entries are clearly written and contain non-technical language. This is a basic source for background information and references in the field of bioethics.
  • Encyclopedia of Ethics / New York: Garland Publishing, 1992. 2 volumes.
  • This is an encyclopedia with medium-length signed articles on a variety of topics within the field of ethics. Each article includes a bibliography. There is a comprehensive index at the end of volume 2, and also an index of the bibliographies cited to in the book.
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy / New York: McMillan, 1967, 1972. 8 volumes.
  • This is a basic work in the field of philosophy. It contains comprehensive, signed articles on concepts, terms, and major thinkers. This work is good for background information and as a place to start research, since it contains lists of readings for each entry. In articles about philosophers, the bibliography lists works by that person, as well as works about the thinker.
  • Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics / edited by James Hastings, John A. Selbie and Louis H. Gray. Edinburgh, New York, T. & T. Clark; Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1960. Reprint of the original edition, published 1908-27. 13 volumes.
  • This encyclopedia is a major work in the area of ethics and religion. It contains signed articles, many of them long. References are contained in footnotes at the bottom of each page. The index is very detailed and comprehensive.
  • Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas / Edited by Philip P. Weiner. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1968, 1973. 4 volumes.
  • Contains articles and entries on major topics in philosophy and ideas. This work has clear, non-technical, signed articles that are a good starting place for background knowledge. The cross-references and bibliography are at the end of each article.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy / general editor, Edward Craig. London: New York: Routledge, 1998. 10 volumes. 
  • This encyclopedia was an ambitious undertaking. An entirely new work, it is the first major encyclopedia of philosophy in 30 years. The encyclopedia contains nearly 2,000 entries. Non-western coverage is quite extensive, with over 400 entries on Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Tibetan, Jewish, Arabic, Islamic, Russian, Latin American, and African philosophy. The levels vary from undergraduate to graduate. Some of the articles use symbols. The entries are signed, and annotated references are found after each article. Volume 10 consists of the index, which is very well cross-referenced.
  • Applied Ethics and Ethical Theory / Edited by Daid M. Rosenthal & Fadlou Shehadi. Salt Lake City: Uniersity of Utah Press, 1988.
  • This is a part of the Ethics in a Chancing World series. It contains essays and articles on the relationship between theoretical ethics and eeryday issues. Some of the areas coered include biomedical ethics, war, professional conduct, and issues inoling normatie economics and the enironment (how should scarce resources be allocated). The essays are general in nature, and do not gie answers; instead, they lay out principles to be used in making decisions in these areas. There are some specific examples at the end of the book, including taxation, wickedness and aggression, and nuclear annihilation. This work is non-technical and is easy to read.
  • Moral Philosophy from Montaigne to Kant / 2 olumes. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge Uniersity Press, 1990.
  • This anthology collects works by moral philosophers in the 17th and 18th centuries. The introduction functions as a broad essay for background to the ideas of the thinkers. It includes a bibliography. There is also a bibliography at the end of each writer's section.
  • Social Ethics: Morality and Social Policy / Thomas A. Mappes and Jane S. Zembaty. 3rd edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 1987.
  • Essays on biomedical issues, capital punishment, sex roles and sexual morality, discrimination, censorship, economic justice, hunger, war, and the enironment. Includes articles, as well as excerpts from U.S. Supreme Court opinions in important cases such as Uniersity of California . Bakke, 438 U.S. 265 (1978), the "reerse discrimination" case. There is a bibliography at the end of each section, although the legal citations hae been edited out of the opinions. There is no index.
  • Skepticism in Ethics / Panayot Butcharo. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana Uniersity Press, 1989.
  • Discusses the foundations of ethics using skepticism to uncoer the phenomenological, metaphysical, and epistemological bases of ethical systems. This work is at the undergraduate leel, and is best for someone who already has a minimal background in the field. References are gien in endnotes at the back of the work, and there is also an index at the back.
  • Ethics in an Age of Technology / Ian G. Barbour. 2 olumes. San Francisco: Harper, 1993.
  • This collection contains lectures deliered by the author between 1989 and 1991. They discuss in non-technical, clearly-written language some of the religious, moral, and philosophical issues brought up by the introduction of adanced technology in our society. There is a list of abbreiations used in the front of each olume, and an index of names at the back. The references are gien in endnotes at the back of each olume.
  • Anthropology and Ethics / May Edel and Abraham Edel. Cleeland: Press of Case Western Resere Uniersity, 1968.
  • This work looks at the concept of morality from both the philosophical iewpoint (ethics) and the anthropological understanding of the concept. The discipline of philosophy looks at morality from a speculatie perspectie (what should be done, while anthropology treats morality descriptiely (what is done). There is no assumption that the reader knows either field. Clearly-written and non-technical. There is an index at the back, and references are also at the back of the book.
  • Ethics and the Rule of Law / Daid Lyons.  Cambridge, U.K, New York: Cambridge Uniersity Press, 1984.
  • Lyons’ book seres as an introduction to the field.  It is simple to understand and suitable for undergraduates.  The end notes, bibliography, and index are located at the back of the book.
  • International directory of philosophy and philosophers
    Bowling Green, Ohio: Philosophy Documentation Center, Bowling Green State Uniersity, 1965--.
    This directory is diided by country, and then is sub-diided into uniersities, institutes, societies, journals, and publishers. There is an index in the back of the book. The directory is updated eery two years.
  • MARCIA YUDKIN and JANICE MOULTON. (1986). A subject index to journals and publishers in philosophy and related fields. Topics include:
          * Information on Philosophy Journals
          * Adice about Journal Publishing
          * "Some Pitfalls in Journal Publishing" by Brian Barry
          * Information on Book Publishers
          * Adice about Book Publishing: A 1996 reision of the adice gien in 1986
          * Adice on Presenting Papers
          * Beyond the Iory Tower
          * Resources for Publishing Philosophy A 1996 reision of the resources listed in 1986
          * Adice for the Joblorn
  • Research Guide to Philosophy. Terrence N. Tice; Thomas P. Slaens. Chicago: American Library Association, 1983.
    Introductory-leel guide to philosophers and subjects. Contains general essays that are easily understandable by the beginner, explaining what philosophers stand for and defining each concept. There is also a comprehensie general research bibliography at the end of each section. There are author-title and subject indexes at the end of the book. This is a basic place to start for research into the field of philosophy.
  • Philosopher's Index. Bowling Green, Ohio: Philosophy Documentation Center, Bowling Green State Uniersity, 1940--.
    Indexes journal articles by name or by subject. There are no subheadings or cross-references. The names and subjects are indexed together.
  • Humanities Index. New York: Wilson, 1974--.
    This journal and magazine index is a continuation of the Social Sciences and Humanities Index. That index in turn continued the International Index: A Guide to Periodical Literature in the Social Sciences and Humanities, which is a continuation of the International Index to Periodicals. The Humanities Index coers articles in philosophy, ethics, and utilitarianism. Articles on epistemology are indexed under "Knowledge--Theory of." Indiidual philosophers are also listed separately, and the philosophy of a subject area is listed under that subject (for example, "Psychiatry--Philosophy).
  • oluntary Euthanasia: A Comprehensie Bibliography. Compiled by Gretchen L. Johnson. Los Angeles: National Hemlock Society, 1987.
    Comprehensie guide to literature in the field of euthanasia published in English between 1840 and 1987. The bibliography is arranged by 22 subject areas, and is diided into books, journal articles, and newspaper articles. Contains author index in back of book.
  • Bibliography of Bioethics. LeRoy Walters (ed.). Washington, D.C.: Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
    This comprehensie index coers periodical articles using a subject approach. There is a thesaurus of subject headings in the front of olume one. There are also sample entries with explanations and instructions inside the front coer.
  • Albert A. Bell; James B. Allis. Resources in Ancient Philosophy. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1991.
    This work is an annotated bibliography of published research in the field. It can be used to find citations to other sources. Contains a list of "abbreiations used" in front of book, and a combined subject and person index in the back.
  • Bibliography and Genetic Study of American Realism. ictor Emmanuel Harrow. [Oklahoma City] Harlow, 1931. New York, Kraus Peprint, 1970.
    This work contains a background surey of realism in clearly understandable language. The bibliography is at the end of each surey section. There is no index.
  • Guide to Buddhist Philosophy. Kenneth K. Inada. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
    Part of the Asian Philosophers and Resources Guide series. This annotated bibliography makes use of separate subject and author indexes in the back of the work.
  • Guide to Chinese Philosophy. Charles Wei-hsun Fu and Wing-tsit Chan. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1978.
    Part of the Asian Philosophers and Resources Guide series. This annotated bibliography contains an author-title index in the back of the book.

The Dialogues of Plato / Translated by B. Jowett. 2 olumes. New York: Random House, 1892, 1937.
No study of jurisprudence or the philosophy of law would be complete without reference to the work of Plato. Although there hae been many translations, Jowett's is considered to be authoritative. Ideas on justice are found throughout the Dialogues, especially in The Republic and in Laws. However, other Dialogues contain concepts that are related. The Dialogues include: Apology, Charmides, Cratylus, Critias, Crito, Euthydemus, Euthyphro, Gorgias, Ion, Laches, Laws, Lysis, Meno, Parmenides, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Philebus, Protagoras, Sophist, Statesman, Symposium, The Republic, Theaetetus, and Timaeus. This edition also includes Lesser Hippias, Alcibiades I and II, Memexemis, and Eryxias. There is an extremely detailed index at the end of olume 2.

Equality in Liberty and Justice / Anthony Flew. London, New York: Routledge, 1989.
A well-respected scholar in the field of philosophy, Flew examines the concepts from a philosophical perspectie. The bibliography and index are at the back of the book.

Equality: Selected Readings / Edited by Louis P. Pojman and Robert Westmoreland. New York: Oxford Uniersity Press, 1997.
This work is a comprehensie anthology of readings on the concept of equality. It contains both classic and contemporary primary work on the topic. Notes are at the end of the articles. There is also a bibliography and an index at the end of the book.

The Framers and Fundamental Rights / Edited by Robert a. Licht. The Rights Explosion. Washington: AEI Press, 1991.
A series of essays on fundamental and constitutional rights. These secondary essays discuss the formulation of the constitution in terms of philosophic ideas, as well as putting things in historic perspectie. Notes and index are at the back of the book.

Freedom through Law: Public control of Priate Goerning Power / Robert L. Hale. New York: Columbia Uniersity Press, 1952.
A discussion of the theories of liberty and goernment and their interaction. This work discusses both philosophic theory and court cases. Footnotes are at the bottom of each page. There is a table of cases and a ery comprehensie index at the end of the book.

The Great Rights of Mankind: A History of the American Bill of Rights / Bernard Schwartz. New York: Oxford Uniersity Press, 1977.
James Madison's "Great rights of mankind" hae become known as the Bill of Rights. Schwartz discusses the concepts of freedom and liberty presented in the Bill of Rights in their historic context. Appendixes contain the amendments approed by the House and by the Senate. Notes are at the end of the book, as is the index.

The Inner Experience of Law: a Jurisprudence of Subjectiity / Daid Granfield. Washington: Catholic Uniersity of America Press, 1988.
This work examines law from the iewpoint of participation and experience. It looks at law from the "mental" perspectie, with some discussion of context. The book contains footnotes at the bottom of each page, as well as a select bibliography and an index at the end.

John Rawls' Theory of Social Justice: An Introduction / Edited by H. Gene Blocker and Elizabeth H. Smith. Athens, O.H.: Ohio Uniersity Press, 1980.
This work is an introductory rendering of the fundamentals of Rawls' theory, along with a discussion of the secondary works that interpret and critique him. This book also discusses the practical applications of Rawls' work. Although the index is somewhat sparse, the bibliography at the end of the book is quite rich.

Justice and Social interaction: Experimental and theoretical contributions from psychological research / Edited by Gerald Mikula. New York, Bern: Springer-erlag New York, Hans Huber, 1980.
A collection of papers looking at the concept of justice from the perspectie of psychology. Contains an introductory chapter which summarizes the theoretical iewpoints and gies a general oeriew of the psychological approach to the question of justice. Contains references after each essay, as well as author and subject indexes at the end of the book.

Justice in Social Relations / Edited by Hans Werner Bierhoff, Ronald J. Cohen, and Jerald Greenburg. Critical Issues in Social Justice series. New York: Plenum Press, 1986.
A series of primary essays discussing the interaction of social relations with the philosophic concept of justice. Contains references after each essay, as well as author and subject indexes at the end of the book.

Justice and Care: Essential Readings in Feminist Ethics / Edited by irginia Held. Bolder, CO.: Westiew Press, 1995.
A series of essays discussing Feminist philosophy on the topics of justice and care. Notes are at the end of each chapter. There is an index at the end of the book.

Justice as Impartiality / Brian Barry. A Treatise on Social Justice, olume 2. Oxford Political Theory. Oxford, New York: Clarendon Press, Oxford Uniersity Press, 1995.
Like olume on of Barry's Treatise on Social Justice, this work is both primary and secondary. A scholarly work, it is written at a leel undergraduates can understand. The end notes and comprehensie index are at the end of the book.

The Justice Motie in Social Behaior: Adapting to Times of Scarcity and Change / Edited by Melin J. Lerner and Sally C. Lerner. Critical Issues in Social Justice series. New York: Plenum Press, 1981.
This collection of primary essays looks at the philosophical idea and the ideal of justice though the context of social psychology, sociology, and anthropology. References are found at the end of each chapter. There is an author index and a subject index at the end of the book.

Kant's Theory of Justice / Allan D. Rosen. Ithica, N.Y.: Cornell Uniersity Press, 1993.
This work discusses Kant's theory in enough detail to be aluable for graduate leel students while also being accessible to undergraduates. The bibliography is located at the end of the book. Contains a fairly detailed index.

Moral Consciousness and Communicatie Action / Jurgen Habermas. Translated by Christian Lenhardt and Sherry Weber Nicholsen. Cambridge, M.A.: The MIT Press, 1990.
Habermas examines research in social psychology, and applies these principles to basic moral institutions. His theory of justice is based on "Discourse ethics," which "attempts to reconstruct a moral point of iew from which normatie claims can be impartially judged." Habermas' work is an important alternatie to Kant's categorical imperatie.

Natural Rights and Natural Law: The Legacy of George Mason / Edited by Robert P. Daidow. Fairfax, .A.: George Mason Uniersity Press, 1986.
A series of essays discussing the philosophic background of the constitutional framers, and particularly George Mason, the principal author of the irginia Declaration of Rights. The essays also apply this philosophic framework to modern issues. The irginia Declaration of Rightsis included as an appendix. Notes are at the end of each essay, and there is an index at the end of the book.

On the Social Contract: Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Discourse on Political Economy / Jean Jacques Rousseau. Translated and edited by Donald A. Cress. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1983.
An essential book in the field of legal philosophy. Rousseau's writings are among the most studied works in the field.  Any scholar doing research into justice, equality, or political philosophy should read this work.

Ordered Liberty and the Constitutional Framework: The Political Thought of Friedrich A. Hayek / Barbara M. Rowland. Contributions in Political Science, no., 176. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.
This secondary work examines Hayek's theories with a critical eye. Has a ery comprehensie bibliography in the back of the book, as well as an index.

Philosophy of Human Rights: International Perspecties / Edited by Alan S. Rosenbaum. Contributions in Philosophy, number 15. Westport, C.T.: Greenwood Press, 1980.
Modern essays on the philosophical concept of human rights. Each essay approaches the topic from a different perspectie. The essays are comprehensie and well-balanced. Notes are at the end of each chapter. There is a further reading section in the back of the book, as well as a name index and a subject index.

Philosophy and Public Policy / Sidney Hook. Carbondale, I.L., London: Southern Illinois Uniersity Press, Feffer & Simons, 1980.
This secondary and primary work is an illustration of pragmatism. The issues of philosophy are presented as they are applied to public policy. Footnotes are at the bottom of each page, and there is a comprehensie index at the back of the book.

Principles of Natural and Politic Law / Jean J. Burlamaqui. 2 olumes in 1. Reprint of the 1807 edition, which is a translation of Principes du droit naturel et politique. New York: Arno Press, 1972.
An important work on the eolution of natural law. It is a primary work that brings in pieces of prior studies in the field. Although it contains no index, this work does hae a detailed table of contents.

Rawls: A Theory of Justice and its critics / Chandran Kukathas and Philip Pettit. Stanford: Stanford Uniersity Press, 1990.
This book is a discussion of Rawls' A Theory of Justice, along with explanations of the differing criticisms and interpretations that hae been made. It is written at the graduate or adanced undergraduate leel. The bibliography and index are at the back of the book.

The Supreme Court and the Second Bill of Rights: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Nationalization of Ciil Liberties / Richard C. Cortner. Madison: Uniersity of Wisconsin Press, 1981.
The Bill of Rights set forth the fundamental rights that the Federal Goernment would protect and respect. Originally these rights only applied to the federal goernment and not to the states; howeer, the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment changed that. The Supreme Court has applied the rights to the states incrementally eer since. Cortner's work examines the theoretical foundations of those decisions. Notes are at the end of the book, as is a table of cases and an index.

Theories of Justice / Brian Barry. A Treatise on Social Justice, olume 1. California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy. Berkeley: Uniersity of California Press, 1989.
This primary and secondary work explores some of the great theories and ideas of justice, as well as presenting new theories. The writing is structured in a manner that allows undergraduates to understand, while graduates and scholars are also satisfied. The end notes and index are at the back of the book.

Morality & the Law / Gerald Abrahams.  London: Calder & Boyars, 1971.
This work cites to British cases for an understanding of how the British courts hae handled the issue of morality.  Footnotes are sprinkled throughout, but there is a table of cases and an index at the end of the work.

Aristotle’s Constitution of Athens and Related Texts / Translated with an Introduction and Notes
by Kurt on Fritz and Ernst Kapp.  The Hafner Library of Classics.  New York: Hafner
Publishing Company, 1950.
No inestigation into the field of jurisprudence would be complete without a look at Aristotle’s work.  This edition includes an excellent introduction that explains the work, its origin, and its
significance.  In addition to the constitution itself, related texts include the Epitome of
Heracleides, fragments of the lost beginning of Aristotle’s constitution, and passages from
Protrepticus, Politicus, On Kingship, and Alexander.  This edition also includes Plato's Seenth
Epistle.  There is an index of names and places, as well as a general index.

Toward a Reformulation of Natural Law / Anthony Battaglia.  New York: The Seabury Press,
Battaglia’s book is a discussion of morality and natural law.    “It sets the natural basis of  morality in such a way as to make intelligible the changes in moral conentions which characterize our historical experience of the world.”  The book is written on the adanced undergraduate or graduate leel.  Notes are located at the end of the book.

The Idea of Justice / Otto A. Bird.  Concepts in Western Thought series.  New York: Frederick
A. Praeger, 1967.
Bird’s work is a secondary discussion of the issues and theories of justice.  The book coers the subject in a way that is accessible by undergraduates, but still useful for graduate students and scholars.  Contains a bibliography and index.

Treatise on Justice / Edgar Bodenheimer.  New York: Philosophical Library, 1967.
This work lays out the topic of justice in an easy-to-read fashion.  Suitable for both undergraduate and graduate use.  Endnotes contain a wealth of references, and there is a comprehensie index.

The Dialogue of Justice: Toward a Self-Reflectie Society / James S. Fishkin.  New Haen:
Yale Uniersity Press, 1992.
This book “proposes foundations for liberalism that fall into neither absolutism nor relatiism, that are based on neither religion nor amoralism, and that amount. . . to something less than systematic theory and to something more than institutionalism.”  Fishkin’s work is on the graduate or adanced undergraduate leel.  Comprehensie endnotes and an index are located at the end of the book.

The Greek Concept of Justice: From its shadow in Homer to its Substance in Plato / Eric A. Haelock.  Cambridge, M.A.: Harard Uniersity Press, 1978.
This discussion of the concept of justice discusses Greek perceptions.  From the Iliad and the Odyssey to Hesiod, Solon, Aeschylus, Herodotus, and Plato, the concept of justice underwent a
change.  Contains an index.

Legal Outlines / Daid Hoffman.  Historical Writings in Law and Jurisprudence series.  Reprint
of the 1836 edition.  Buffalo, William S. Hein & Company, 1981.
This primary work on natural law and its applicability contains an index at the end of the book.

Wild Justice: The Eolution of Reenge / Susan Jacoby.  New York: Harper & Row, 1983.
Joacoby’s work fills a much-needed niche.  Reenge is a subset of justice that is not discussed ery much.  There is a good bibliography in the back of the books, and also a comprehensie index.

Justice: Interdisciplinary and Global Perspecties / Edited by T. M. Thomas and Jesse Leitt.
Lanham, M.D.: Uniersity Press of America, 1988.
Each of the essays in the book are written by different authors and address the concept of justice from a different perspectie.    Each chapter has a bibliography at the end.  Additional material includes the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the U.N. Uniersal Declaration
of Human Rights, and the U.N. Conention on the Preention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Justice / Edited by Milton Fisk.  Key Concepts in Critical Theory series.  Atlantic Highlands,
N.J.: Humanities Press International, 1993.
This reader contains primary essays on the topic of justice.  Included are John Stuart Mill, Karl
Marx, Ronald Dworkin, and other key writers on the theory of justice.  At the end of the book is
an index and a bibliography.

Ethics and the Rule of Law / Daid Lyons.  Cambridge, UK, New York: Cambridge Uniersity
Press, 1984.
Lyons’ book seres as an introduction to the field.  It is simple to understand and suitable for undergraduates.  The endnotes, bibliography, and index are located at the back of the book.

Moral Aspects of Legal theory: Essays on Law, Justice, and Political
Responsibility / Daid Lyons.  Cambridge, UK, New York: Cambridge Uniersity Press, 1993.
A series of essays written oer the period of twenty-two years.  These essays deal with both the nature of law and with the concept of legal interpretation.  The essays reflect a dynamic process of change within the field of jurisprudence and within the thinking of a specific scholar.  Footnotes are sprinkled through the book.  There is no index.

The spirit of the laws / Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu.  Translated by Thomas Nugent, with an introduction by Franz Neumann. 2 ols. in one.  New York, Hafner Publishing
Co., 1949.
One of the classic works in the field of jurisprudence.  This work should be consulted by any serious student or scholar.  This edition contains a comprehensie index.

The Spirit of Modern Republicanism: The moral ision of the American Founders and the Philosophy of Locke / Thomas L. Prangle.  Chicago: The Uniersity of Chicago Press, 1988.
Prangle’s work focuses on the framers of the constitution and the arious theories that hae arisen of their intent.  He then discusses the Lockean conception of human nature and relates this to the founders.  There is a comprehensie bibliography and index.

Property / Edited by J. Roland Pennock and John W. Chapman.  Nomos XXII Yearbook of the
American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.  New York: New York Uniersity Press, 1980.
Each essay is written by a different philosopher.  Footnotes are at the end of each section, and there is an index.

A Theory of Justice /John Rawls.  Cambridge, M.A.: The Belknap Press of Harard Uniersity Press, 1971.
Rawls’ classic work on the theory of justice.  This primary work should be studied by all students of the field.  References are in footnotes and there is a comprehensie index.

Reading Rawls: Critical Studies on Rawls’ A Theory of Justice / Edited with an introduction by
Norman Daniels.  New York: Basic Books, 1974.
Each essay in this book discusses Rawls’ theory of justice.  The essays are written by some of the
top theorists in the field, including Dworkin, Fisk, H. L. A. Hart, and A. K. Sen.  Some of the essays are on the graduate and professional leel, and one chapter uses symbols.  There is an index and a bibliography at the end of the book.

Property / Andrew Reee.  Issues in Political Theory series.  Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press International, 1986.
Reee’s work is a secondary treatise on the theory of property and ownership.  His explanations are ery basic and suitable for undergraduate students.  There is a bibliography and index in the back of the book.

A Discourse on Property: John Locke and his adersaries / James Tully.  Cambridge, New York: Cambridge Uniersity Press, 1980.
Tully seeks to explain Locke by way of comparing and contrasting his theories with those of others in the area of Natural Law.  The book contains endnotes and an index.

Law and Politics in the Middle Ages: An Introduction to the Sources of Medieal Political Ideas / Walter Ullmann.  The Sources of History: Studies in the Uses of Historical Eidence series.  Ithica, N.Y.: Cornell Uniersity Press, 1975.
This book presents the ideas and sources of medieal political theory.  Since much of the modern theories are either based on or a refutation of the preailing theories of the middle ages, Ullmann’s work is instrumental.  There is a bibliography and index.

The Right to Priate Property / Jeremy Waldron.  Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.
This secondary source summarizes the major theories of priate property, including Locke, Proudhon, and Hegel.  There is a bibliography and an index at the end of the book.

Understanding Rawls: A Reconstruction and Critique of A Theory of Justice” / Robert Paul Wolff.  Princeton: Princeton Uniersity Press, 1977.
This work discusses and summarizes Rawls’ theory in a form that undergraduates can understand
and benefit from.  There is an index at the end of the book.


This bibliography began as a pathfinder when I was the Philosophy librarian at the New York Public Library's Mid-Manhattan History and Social Sciences Department in 1993. It was also published in Carson & Carson, Mindsearch (Big Rapids, Michigan: Ferris State University, 1993). I am grateful for the assistance given me by Edith Ostrowsky and Daid Ockene at the New York Public Library, Brian Coutts at Western Kentucky University Libraries, and Drs. Herbert and Ada Lou Carson, the authors of Mindsearch.