World Philosophy

Because of longstanding collection strengths in area studies as well as because of disciplinary trends recognizing philosophers outside of the traditional western canon, the Penn Libraries have a significant amount of material relating to philosophy and philosophers in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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Collection Strengths

Philosophy associated with major thought systems such as Confucianism, Buddhism and Islam are collected in English, European and Area specific languages.  Both historically significant and contemporary works are purchased, as are Western interpretations and scholarship.  World Philosophy extends beyond purely 'philosophical' material to include works in the fields such as Religious Studies and the History of Science.

Collections of original texts published over hundreds of years are available in the Area Studies collections and in the Kislak Center.  Some of this material has been digitized.

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Manuscript used for contemplation and study; a treatise on Hindu philosophy whose title is translated as Light on painting; compares the creation of the universe with that of a painting, written from the perspective of the Advaita (non-dualism).

The Libraries publish scholarly work in European and non-European languages related to interpretations and analyses of World Philosophy.

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Authoritative collection surveying the teachings of Confucius and his importance throughout Chinese history. Edited by Penn Professor Paul R. Goldin.

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Holding Locations

Location

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
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Today's Hours

Closed | Library Hours

Phone

215-898-7088

Email

kislak@pobox.upenn.edu

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Students work with the Walt Whitman Collection in the Lea Library

Location

420 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3703
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Today's Hours

Closed | Library Hours

Phone

215-746-1290 or 215-746-5154

Email

katzlibrary@pobox.upenn.edu

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Balcony of the Library at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Location

3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
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Today's Hours

10am - 12am | Library Hours

Phone

215-898-7555

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South side of Van Pelt. Trees are in fall colors.