The philosophy collection of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library supports the instructional and research needs of undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty. The Department of Philosophy offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees and directs the undergraduate interdisciplinary program, Cognitive Studies. Ten full-time and five adjunct professors staff the Department along with approximately ten graduate instructors. The Department has a fourfold mission: to offer undergraduate majors the best possible foundation in philosophy; to serve the entire Liberal Arts and Sciences community; to provide graduate students with a sound advanced education in philosophy; and to serve the larger university community through the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs. The undergraduate program allows for three distinct courses of study: the Standard Major, providing a traditional track in philosophy; Law, Morality and Society, designed for students with a specific career interest in law, public policy or politics; Language, Mind and Knowledge, concerned primarily with the interdisciplinary Cognitive Studies Program. Students in the graduate program are offered a full range of studies, although the Department has special strengths in ethics and political philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, history of philosophy, Continental philosophy, and American philosophy. Affiliated Programs Cognitive Studies: The coordinate major in Cognitive Studies combines a regular major with a core curriculum in three component tracks: philosophy, psychology and computer science. The major is designed to provide basic knowledge of current research on mind, cognition and language. It consists of ten courses (30 units) of which six are required and four elective. Cognitive Studies draws primarily on the teaching and research offerings of faculty from the departments of Philosophy, Psychology, Computer Science, and Anthropology. The Program Director and Faculty Liaison for Cognitive Studies is Radu J. Bogdan.
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Selection emphasis is primarily on social and political philosophy, epistemology, ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary philosophy, logic, pragmatism, philosophy of law, Asian philosophy, and environmental philosophy in addition to those areas mentioned in the above department description. The interdisciplinary Cognitive Studies Program, of which philosophy remains the central component, provides students with a knowledge of current research on mind, cognition, and language.
The library collects journals, monographs, monographic series, proceedings, and specialized reference works with particular emphasis given to scholarly editions. Anthologies and dissertations from other institutions are sought selectively. Popular or nonscholarly materials are excluded as are textbooks and collections of previously published materials.
Journals, monographs, monographic series, proceedings, and reference works are generally purchased as printed text. To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print journals may be canceled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively. Other formats are considered, especially when the alternative format would improve access or utility.
The collection is primarily English, though publications in French and German are often added.
Collection emphasis focuses on philosophy in its earliest forms to the present with substantial attention to nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy.
Recently published items, appearing in the last two or three years, are given preference; out-of-print materials are sought generally to replace important works damaged or missing from the collection or by special request.
North America and Western Europe are most commonly represented though no specific areas are excluded.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.
Approval plans and book notices are supplied by YBP Book Services, Casalini (Italy), Harrassowitz (Germany), Puvill (Spain), and Touzot (France).
At present, no specific endowed funds are directed to philosophy.
Reviews such as those from Choice, Philosophical Review, Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Dialogue, and Philosophy in Review are regularly consulted. Recommendations from faculty, staff, and students are also given consideration.