Resources

General

There are many introductions to the nature of philosophy and to methods of reading and writing philosophy.

Copies of Jay F. Rosenberg's The Practice of Philosophy: A Handbook for Beginners, are in the Bookstore, Library, and Writing Centres.

The UFV Library has a respectable philosophy collection. Three general reference works that provide good places to start are:

  • Paul A. Edwards (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Philosophy: generally excellent except for its often biased articles on leftist philosophers.
  • D.J. O'Connor, A Critical History of Western Philosophy: standard work in the analytic tradition.
  • Frederick J. Coppleston, A History of Philosophy: standard work by a Jesuit (Aristotelian).

Philosopher's Index can be accessed through the Library's article indexes and and databases webpage.

The staff themselves are also a great resource.

The Internet has many resources, readings, discussion groups, etc. in philosophy and on a variety of topics that we investigate in this course. The UFV Library has produced a number of helpful electronic guides to doing research in the following topic areas:

  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy & Ethics

An excellent philosophy web site is Epistemé Links: philosophy material especially useful for undergraduate students of philosophy such as online encyclopaedias and dictionaries, aides for writing better papers, bibliographies, etc.




Ethics & Politics

One of the best general resources in ethics is Ethics Updates.

Social Services students may find the following material useful (and should also see the codes of ethics in the Course Pack):

  • Paul A. Edwards (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Philosophy: generally excellent except for its often biased articles on leftist philosophers.
  • D.J. O'Connor, A Critical History of Western Philosophy: standard work in the analytic tradition.
  • Frederick J. Coppleston, A History of Philosophy: standard work by a Jesuit (Aristotelian). Is on three-day reserve in the Library.
  • Frederick G. Reamer, Ethical Dilemmas in Social Services. (HV41 R43)
  • Frederick G. Reamer, Social Work Values and Ethics. (HV10.5 R427)
  • Elaine J. Vayda and Mary T. Satterfield, Law for Social Workers: a Canadian Guide, (KE 450 S6 V39)
  • Professional Choices: Ethics at Work, National Association of Social Workers (HV40 P76)

Students concerned with occupational ethics may find these sources useful:

  • Ethics in America (BJ 1012 E85): an excellent series of video tapes on a variety of occupations.
  • Rena A. Gorlin, Codes of Professional Ethics. (BJ 1725 C64)

Two very useful websites for policy research are:

There are many policy research sites. The following present a spectrum of views:

There are also many websites on specific issues, for example:


Writing & Study Skills

Help is available through the Writing Centres on each campus (Abbotsford G168, Chilliwack A205, Mission D226a).

Also see the Paradigm Online Writing Assistant, "Argumentative Essays".

 

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