Introduction

'The major value of philosophy is that it teaches not what to think, but how to think.' [Tasmanian Qualifications Authority, Philosophy, 24 October 2012]

'Philosophy is not so much about coming up with the answers to fundamental questions as it is about the process of trying to find the answers to these fundamental questions as it is about the process if trying to find these answers, using reasoning rather than accepting without question conventional views or traditional authority.'

Atkinsson, S (ed.) 2001, The Philosophy book, Dorling Kindersely, London, p. 12.

This subject guide will help you to locate the resources you will find particularly useful when commencing your studies in this area. Here is the best place to find books, information about databases and a guide to the appropriate websites.

Referencing advice: When referencing material for Philosophy your teacher would prefer you to use the Oxford or Traditional Note referencing system and employ the use of footnotes in your papers. Go to the Library's Referencing Guidelines for extended help in this important area. The Library staff are always happy to help you with any queries you may have in regard to referencing requirements for any research you are undertaking.

Independent studies (IPs): When undertaking an independent study, research or book reviews you must allow yourself enough time to search for and locate the material you need. To help you a booking sheet is kept at the Library desk where you may book individual time with one of the Library staff when commencing any research for Philosophy.

Faculty Resources: All material purchased by the SOSE Faculty for this subject is also available for student use if it is not required by the teachers. These resources are kept in the Library and can be found by using the library catalogue.