Philosophy and Religion
The Philosophy & Religion division supports an interdisciplinary minor in religious studies, but primarily the curriculum of the Philosophy Department, which offers undergraduate degrees. WLN categories and subjects that receive particular attention in the curriculum include ancient and modern history and systems of philosophy, Kant, logic, metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, and ethics. Non-WLN subjects that are taught include philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and feminist philosophy.
Monographs. The Philosophy & Religion collection holds 4949 philosophy titles and 4201 religion titles, for a total of 9150. This is equivalent to a 2b for philosophy and religion respectively and collectively, and is 84% of the number from the modified ACRL standard (10,926). The median age of the books in this division is 25 years old, with 23% published in the last decade.
There is a good core collection for many categories in the conspectus. The ratings are lowered, however, by the insufficient total number of monographs and by the weak periodicals collection, as noted below. The relatively newer non-WLN subjects (philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and feminist philosophy) have strong monographs holdings.
Acquisitions. The 1997/1998 monographs allocation for the Philosophy Department is $6643. Taking a proportional share of librarians' budgets, plus the reference allocation, yields a weighted total of $8051. This is sufficient to buy approximately 254 books at a discounted average price of $31.70 apiece. This amounts to about 7% of the total domestic publishing output for philosophy and religion, for an AC rating of 2b. Acquiring 10% of the publishing output per year would require a monographs allocation of $12,331.
Periodicals. The periodicals collection is mixed bag. There are 47 Wilson-indexed philosophy and religion periodical titles, of which the Library has paper subscriptions to 9 (19%=2a) and web access to 14 more (49% total=strong 2b). From a list of 32 core periodical titles in philosophy, the Library subscribes to 20 in print, has back issues of 2 more, and can access one more through the Web.
The Library subscribes to the both the print and web versions of the Philosopher's Index, which is a more important point of access. Of approximately 600 periodicals indexed, the Library subscribes to 55, or 9% of the total, equivalent to a 2a. This poor level of holdings drags down the ratings of the whole division.
Sources consulted: EPSP, RA13, TEOR, RGTP, PGRL.
Prepared by Paul G. Streby, in consultation with Prof. Charles Dunlop and Prof. Catherine Gardner.
Ratings for Philosophy & Religion
CL=Current collection level; AC=Acquisitions commitment; GL=Goal level
|LC class||Line no.||Category||CL||AC||GL||Comments|
|B 1 - 68||PAR 001||Philosophy - Periodicals, Societies, Congresses||3a||3b||240 titles|
|B 69 - 789||PAR 001.5||Philosophy - History & Systems, Ancient - Renaissance||2b||3b||791 titles|
|B 108 - 626||PAR 002||-----History & Systems, Ancient||3a||3b|
|B 630 - 708||PAR 003||-----History & Systems, Alexandrian & Early Christian||2a||3b|
|B 720 - 765||PAR 004||-----History & Systems, Medieval||3a||3b|
|B 740 - 753||PAR 005||-----Arabian, Moorish, & Islamic Philosophers||2b||3b|
|B 755 - 759||PAR 006||-----Jewish Philosophers||2a||3b|
|B 770 - 785||PAR 008||-----History & Systems, Renaissance||3a||3b|
|B 790 - 5739||PAR 009||Philosophy - History & Systems, Modern||3a||3b||2266 titles|
|B 840||PAR 010||-----Philosophy of Language||3a||3b|
|B 2750||PAR 011||-----Kant||3a||3b|
|BC||PAR 013||Logic||3a||3b||301 titles|
|BC 131 - 135||PAR 014||-----Logic - Symbolic & Mathematical||3a||3b|
|BD||PAR 014.5||Speculative Philosophy||3a||3b||685 titles|
|BD 100 - 131||PAR 015||-----Metaphysics||3a||3b|
|BD 143 - 236||PAR 016||-----Epistemology||3a||3b|
|BD 300 - 450||PAR 018||-----Ontology||3a||3b|
|BH||PAR 020||Aesthetics||3a||3b||118 titles|
|BJ 1 - 1800||PAR 021||Ethics||3a||3b||548 titles|
|BJ 1188 - 1500||PAR 022||-----Ethics - Religious||3a||3b|
|BL||PAR 023.5||Religions, Mythology, Rationalism||3a||3b||964|
|BL 51 - 54||PAR 025||-----Philosophy & Psychology of Religion||3a||3b|
|BM||PAR 055.5||Judaism||2b||3b||196 titles|
|BP||PAR 068.5||Islam, Baha'i Faith, Theosophy||3a||3b||232 titles; weak on Baha'i religion and Theosophy|
|BQ||PAR 072.5||Buddhism||2b||3b||57 titles|
|BR||PAR 077.5||Christianity||3a||3b||629 titles|
|BS||PAR 088.5||Bible||3a||3b||838 titles|
|BT - BV||PAR 099.5 - 101.5||Doctrinal Theology, Practical Theology||2b||3b||361 titles|
|BX 1 - 799, 4710 - 4795||PAR 115.5||Eastern Christian Churches||2a||3b||40 titles|
|BX 800 - 4795||PAR 118||Catholic Church||3a||3b||403 titles|
|BX 4800 - 9999||PAR 129||Protestantism||2b||3b||481 titles|
|DIVISION AS A WHOLE||3a||2b||3b|
0 -- Out of scope
1 -- Minimal level
1a ---- Minimal level, uneven coverage
1b ---- Minimal level, even coverage
2 -- Basic information level
2a ---- Basic information level, Introductory
2b ---- Basic information level, Advanced (Appropriate for community college students)
3 -- Study or instructional support level
3a ---- Basic study or instructional support level (Adequate to support lower division undergraduate courses)
3b ---- Intermediate study or instructional support level (Adequate to support upper division undergraduate courses; not adequate for master's degree programs)
3c ---- Advanced study or instructional support level (Adequate to support master's degree programs)
4 -- Research level (Adequate to support doctoral research)
5 -- Comprehensive level