Subject Search


Holdings of the University Library
Please use the Online Catalogue for your subject search. You may also search  the classification system systematically for the wanted items. In order to see your hits, click on the corresponding system spot.

Specialized Periodicals
Zeitschriftendatenbank: Philosophie

You will be shown the list of periodicals which belong to the subject group of philosophy and are available in print or digitized form at the Central Library. (cf. Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek)

Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek: Philosophie

This is an overview of electronic specialized periodicals with notes how to access them (free web access, Humboldt University campus network) as well as links to the particular periodicals.

Specialized databases
Database information system DBIS: Philosophie

This is an overview of specialized databases which can be sorted according to their profile (bibliographic databases, full text databases etc.) and their respective access URLs.

Philosopher's Index

Philosopher's Index is the most important bibliographic database (since 1940 (USA), since 1967 (other countries)) for Philosophers.

It lists published essays, monographs, research reports on all sub-areas of philosopy like ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, logic and metaphysics, history of philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of law, etc., usually with abstracts (access via campus network of the HU).

Supra-regional library offers
Sondersammelgebiet Philosophie an der Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg

The special collection field of philosophy collects and indexes comprehensively national and international subject-specific publications. It also includes items which are not published by the book trade. Its goal is to provide a nationwide literature supply.

The essay database Online Contents Philosophie (OLC-SSG Philosophie) relies on the holdings of the special collection field and reviews currently 420 periodicals. There is evidence of more than 200,000 articles since 1993.

The database factually contains the  occidential tradition of philosophy from ancient times to the present: systematic philosophy (ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, philosophy of language etc.)

The database may be accessed via the campus network of the HU.

The virtual specialized library of the special collection field is currently set up (ViFa Sophikon).


Dr. Norbert Adami
Subject Librarian Philosophy

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 2093-99220
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 2093-99311

Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1/3
10117 Berlin


Consultation hours:
on appointment

Postal address:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
10099 Berlin

Subject at the HU
Institut für Philosophie


Regional specialized libraries

Other regional libraries with considerable collections of philosophical and related subjects are:

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Philologische Bibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin

Subject News

Information on events, congresses, new publications, job offers, etc.:

Newsbereich der Zeitschrift Information Philosophie

Newsbereich der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Philosophie

Kritikon - Online-Rezensionsjournal der Philosophie (Redaktion: Universität Leipzig)