Collection Policies

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

PHILOSOPHY/RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Purpose General Collecting Guidelines Collecting Codes

PURPOSE

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Philosophy with an emphasis in religious studies and Philosophy with an emphasis in political and legal studies. The program is designed to give the student a solid grounding in the historical development of philosophy and an ability to analyze the validity and soundness of arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. The emphasis in religious studies is designed to assist the student in understanding the role of religion in human culture. The emphasis in political and legal studies is desinged for students planning to go to law school and students generally interested in social and political philosophy. (Quoted from the ODU Catalog 1998-2000)

The purpose of the collection in the area of Philosophy is to support teaching and research through the baccalaureate level in the following fields: ethics, modern philosophy, history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of art, philosophy of law, philosophy of education, philosophy of science, philosophy of technology, and political and social philosophy.

For the baccalaureate degree in Philosophy with an emphasis in Religious Studies, the purpose of the collection is to support teaching and research through the baccalaureate level in the following fields: Asian religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, comparative religion, and philosophy of religion.

To the extent possible, the collection will support the joint ODU—American University M.A. programs in Philosophy, the History of Religion (Hinduism) and Religious Studies.

GENERAL COLLECTING GUIDELINES

Language Guidelines:
English will be the primary language of collection. Materials in other languages may be collected when the works in question are deemed of vital importance to the discipline, e.g. major works by major philosophers in the original language, works of major importance not in translation. For important religious works, texts originating in other languages will be collected in translation

Chronological Treatment of Subject Guidelines:
No limitations. The Library will collect materials relevant to the study of the progression of philosophic thought from its ancient beginnings to the present and the progression of religious thought from its ancient beginnings to the present.

Geographical Guidelines:
Schools and traditions have more importance to philosophy than geographical boundaries. Materials on philosophy and religion in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia will be the main focus of collecting, while some materials on world philosophy and religion may be collected where appropriate. The Library will collect mainly materials printed in the United States and Europe.

Treatment of Subject:
Emphases will be on primary works by major philosophers, historical and critical works relating to major philosophers, schools, and/or concepts. Important anthologies may be collected. Generally, textbooks will not be collected. For religious texts, emphasis will be on primary texts, critical biographies of major religious figures, historical works, and some theoretical works. Practical theology, textbooks, and "popular" works will not be collected save in rare instances when the material is deemed important.

Types of Material:
Supplementing standard monographic and serial publications in philosophy will be the following: encyclopedias and dictionaries of philosophy, reports of philosophical institutes, proceedings and transactions of philosophical congresses and conferences, symposia, directories of philosophers, indices, abstracts, and bibliographies.

For religious texts, supplementing standard monographic and serial publications will be the following: encyclopedias and dictionaries of religion, concordances and commentaries relating to the sacred books of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, atlases, indices, abstracts, proceedings and transactions of important conferences, symposia, and bibliographies.

Publications in non-paper formats (e.g. microform, electronic, etc.) will be considered using the same criteria as is used for publications in paper formats.

Date of Publication:
Emphasis will be on current publications. If the budget allows, some necessary retrospective purchasing will be done.

COLLECTING CODES

(key to collecting codes)

Discipline: Philosophy/Religious Studies
Bibliographer: Sandra Beehler (sbeehler@odu.edu)
Date: 11/00

LC CLASS

SUBJECT DESCRIPTORS

COLL.

CODE

COMMENTS

       

B 1-5802

PHILOSOPHY (GENERAL)

   
 

B69 History & systems, incl. Individual philosophers & schools of philosophy

2a

 

B108-708 By period: Ancient

3a

Ancients form basis for everything
that follows

 

B720-765 By period: Mediaeval

2a

Connected to development of Christian church

 

B770-785 By period: Renaissance

1

Minimal emphasis at
ODU

B790-5802

By period: Modern

3a

Important area of study

 

B808-849 Special topics & schools of philosophy

2a-3a

Depends on topic

 

B850-945 United States. Colonial to 20th century

2a

20th century: Rorty

 

B1111-1682 England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

B1600-1608 John Stuart Mill

3a


3b

Dale Miller research interest in J.S. Mill

 

B1801-2430 France

3b

Esp. 20th century

 

B2521-3396 Germany, Austria

3b

Hatab research interest in Heidegger

 

B5000-5289 Asia

3b

Buddhism, Hinduism

BC 1-199

LOGIC

2

esp. areas applicable to math and computer science

BD10-701

SPECULATIVE PHILOSOPHY
(includes metaphysics, Epistemolgy, Methodology, Ontology and Cosmology)

2

 
 

BD 10-41 General philosophical works

2a

Major philosophers in the Western and Asian traditions

 

BD143-237 Epistemology. Theory of knowledge

3a

Increasing importance in 20th century philosophy

BH 1-301

AESTHETICS

2

Minimal interest; philosophy of art

BJ 1-1725

ETHICS

   
 

BJ71-1185 History & systems, including individual ethical philosophers

3b

Strong interest in ethics

 

BJ1188-1295 Religious ethics
BJ1188.5-1278.5 Christian ethics
BJ1279-1287 Jewish ethics
BJ1289 Buddhist ethics
BJ1291-1292 Islamic ethics

3a

Advanced study & instructional support

 

BJ1298-1318 Evolutionary and genetic ethics

3b

Eckenwiler research interest

 

BJ1395 Feminist ethics

3b

Eckenwiler research interest

 

BJ1518-1697 Individual ethics. Character. Virtue.

3b

Emphasis on applied ethics at ODU

BL1-2790

RELIGIONS. MYTHOLOGY. RATIONALISM

 

 

BL 74-98 Religions of the world.

2a

Basic course offered

 

BL175-290 Natural theology

2a

 

 

BL300-325 The myth. Comparative mythology

2a

Some interest to Humanities scholars

 

BL425-490 Religious doctrines (General). Origins of religion, nature worship…gods, angels, demons...

2a

Some interest to Humanities scholars

 

BL660-2670 History and principles of religions

3a

Collecting level varies, with emphasis on Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity

 

BL690-980 History & principles of religions, European. Occidental.

3a

Of primary interest

 

BL1000-2370 History and principles of Religions. Asian. Oriental

2a

general interest

 

BL1100-1295 History and principles of religions. Hinduism.

3a

Joint Master’s degree w/American Univ.

 

 

BL2400-2490 History and principles of religions. African

1

some interest in world religions

 

BL2700-2790 Rationalism.

1

Minimal interest

BM l-990

JUDAISM

3a

History of Judaism of special interest

BP 1-253

ISLAM

3a

Some interest to scholars of history and political science

BQ 1-9800

BUDDHISM

3b

High interest to ODU faculty; of interest to scholars of history & Asian studies

BR1-1725

CHRISTIANITY

3a

Especially history

BS 1-2970

THE BIBLE

2a

religious studies courses in Old & New Testament

BT 10-1480

DOCTRINAL THEOLOGY
God, Christology, Creation, Salvation,
Eschatology, etc.

1

Minimal interest

BV 1-5099

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY

1

Minimal interest

BX 1-9999

CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS

1

Minimal interest