More Philosophy Oxford Handbooks available


The Philosophy Oxford Handbooks Online 2017 collection has been purchased. The new titles that are available are:

Seth Lazar, Helen Frowe (eds) Ethics of War
David Schmidtz and Carmen Pavel (eds) Freedom
Robert Frodeman (ed) Interdisciplinarity, 2nd Edition
Bret W. Davis (ed) Japanese Philosophy
Maria Rosa Antognazza (ed) Leibniz
Eric Schliesser, Chris Smeenk (eds) Newton
Naomi Zack (ed) Philosophy and Race
Christopher Grau, Aaron Smuts (eds) Philosophy of Love
Christopher Hitchcock, Alan Hájek (eds) Probability and Philosophy
Leslie Francis (ed) Reproductive Ethics
Jacob T. Levy (ed) Classics in Contemporary Political Theory

Oxford Handbooks Online can be accessed here both on and off campus.


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New books in April

A complete list of books purchased for the library in April can be found here.

Here are a selection of new titles:

Norms in the wild : how to diagnose, measure, and change social norms / Cristina Bicchieri.
Oxford University Press, [2017]
Classmark:           E 54 BIC    ISBN:     9780190622046

Abstract entities / by Sam Cowling.
Routledge, 2017.
Classmark:           A 48 COW      ISBN:     9781138827585

Visual phenomenology / Michael Madary.
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, [2017]
Classmark:           C 14 MAD     ISBN:     9780262035453

Responsible belief : a theory in ethics and epistemology / Rik Peels.
Oxford University Press, [2017]
Classmark:           C 34 PEE      ISBN:     9780190608118

Practical knowledge : selected essays / Kieran Setiya.
Oxford University Press, [2017]
Classmark:           B 14 SET  ISBN:     9780190462925

Thinking about free will / Peter van Inwagen.
Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Classmark:         A 45 VAN     ISBN:          9781107166509

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Extended opening in the run-up to exams

From Monday 1st May the library will be open for longer in the run-up to exams and during the exam revision period. The Library will be open at the following times until Thursday 8 June

Mon- Thurs: 9am – 7pm
Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat: 11am – 5pm



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New books in March

A complete list of books purchased for the library in March can be found here.

Here are a selection of new titles:

Cambridge companion to philosophical methodology / edited by Giuseppina D’Oro and Søren Overgaard. Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Classmark: A 02 DOR ISBN: 9781107121522

Exploring complicity : concept, cases and critique / edited by Afxentis Afxentiou, Robin Dunford, and Michael Neu. Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017.
Classmark: B 13 AFX ISBN:  9781786600615

Philosophy of trust / edited by Paul Faulkner and Thomas Simpson.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Classmark: B 13 FAU ISBN: 9780198732549

From bacteria to Bach and back : the evolution of minds / Daniel C. Dennett.
London : Allen Lane, 2017.
Classmark: C 14 DEN ISBN: 9780241003565


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New Routledge Philosophy Handbooks available

Some more titles in the Routledge Philosophy Handbooks series have just been purchased.

Routledge Handbooks Online (RHO) is available on and off campus (via Raven login) from this link. All titles are available for searching in iDiscover.

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Easter vacation opening hours 2017

Term ends on Friday 17 March and the Library will operate vacation opening hours until Tuesday 25 April. Our opening hours where possible will be:

Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5:30pm

However, there are some planned exceptions to this and we advise you to phone us and check before making a special journey.

Planned exceptions
Mon 27- Tues 28 March:  9.30am-1.30pm
Wed 29- Fri 31 March: 9:30am- 4:00pm
Thurs 13 April: 9.30am – 4:00pm
Fri 14 – Mon 17 April: Closed
Tues 18 April: 9.30am-4.00pm



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Wittgenstein as lecturer: in his own words

In a letter to Rush Rhees from 1946, Wittgenstein wrote: “My lectures aren’t too terribly bad but they’re pretty poor. I’m … frightfully unclear myself and unable to get to the deep aspects of the matter.” But Wittgenstein was not despairing merely over his own abilities as a lecturer at that particular time. In the same letter, he had this to say about his students: “My class is very primitive and often when I talk of ‘tribes’ I think the most primitive tribe is right in front of me.”

The exhibition Wittgenstein as A Lecturer: In His Own Words which opened this week in the Casimir Lewy Library, consists largely of facsimiles of Wittgenstein’s letters (mostly personal, some professional) and relevant quotations from those and other letters, written between 1930 and 1946. We find Wittgenstein “feeling rather rotten”, but nevertheless keeping on lecturing; pleading with G.E. Moore to “…attend my classes!” and promising him to provide “comfortable chair and tobacco and pipecleaners” if he does; and, advising his former student, who was just beginning his career as a lecturer, “that if you don’t find it overwhelmingly difficult to teach philosophy you won’t be much good at it”.

In a letter to his friend Piero Sraffa which might strike us as eerily relevant in today’s political climate, Wittgenstein, writing with a strangely recognizable voice of a European immigrant in the UK, reasons like this: “If I have a job at Cambridge they, I mean the English immigration people, will let me come back to England”. Wittgenstein has another worry, however: “If I can say that I’ve got a job in England they can’t so easily detain me in Austria”. The year was 1938, and Wittgenstein’s interpretation of then current events in Austria was on the mark: “I take it, it is conceivable that they are the immediate preparation for a war…”. The enlarged facsimile of all four pages of the letter are displayed at the exhibition.

The exhibition will run until 30th June.






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