Guide to the Research Collections

- Section -- II: -- THE HUMANITIES
- PART ONE
- 18 -- PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY, AND RELATED MATERIALS
- GENERAL DESCRIPTION

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Resources devoted to philosophy are excellent. Existentialism is particularly well represented, and full collections of both primary and secondary materials for the study of the German philosophers are present. Among the most notable working collections are those devoted to Spinoza and Kant.

Psychology is represented by a good collection in its nonclinical aspects. Included are many interesting works in the fields of phrenology and physiognomy. In the field of ethics, particularly in materials dealing with war and peace, dueling, and temperance, the collection is representative.

The Research Libraries have long collected materials in the broad area of philosophy and psychology not generally acquired by other learned institutions. Such subjects as parapsychology, spiritualism, clairvoyance. poltergeists, occultism, and witchcraft are represented. There is a substantial collection of material on New Thought. The Jewish Division holds important collections on the Kabbala and Hasidism. The periodical holdings are substantially complete with many lesser-known journals held in files very rarely found in this country. Philosophy textbooks are not generally collected.