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Q. I need 2 articles on philosophy that disagree with each other

My professor said to to find two articles that have different points of view on a philosophical topic. Where do I start?

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: Jan 02, 2020     Views: 352

First, if you need help finding a topic in philosophy, you might want to consult these reference books for overview essays:

  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Online at
  • The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. New York: Macmillan, 1967. 8v. Reference B 41 .E5.
  • Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas. New York: Scribner, 1973. 4v. + index.  Reference CB5 .D52.
  • Dictionary of World Philosophy.  New York: Routledge, 2001. Online through Credo Reference.

Once you have a topic in mind, try searching in these databases that specialize in philosophy:

Searching Tip:  Using the word response or reply  in the search box, combined with your topic keyword may help pull up articles that are responding to another on that same topic.  You may then need to go track down the original article. 

Use the Find it! button to locate full text of your articles. 




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