Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Joint Program Resources

The primary collection in ancient philosophy is in the main library located in PCL. The Classics Library (ground floor in WAG 1) houses standard editions of most ancient authors, including many philosophical texts and commentaries. Thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, ancient philosophical works are catalogued both under philosophy (mainly Library of Congress B300-600s; some older works in 180s in PCL) and literature (mainly PAs; some older works in 870s & 880s in PCL).

The Brogan Reading Room (WAG 312), sponsored and managed solely by the Department of Philosophy, houses a non-circulating collection of basic works by and about major philosophers, including many ancient figures. The collection also includes a number of major philosophical journals. None of this material is catalogued in the campus-wide UTCAT, and circulation is restricted.

Vlastos Archive
The Archive assembles the academic books and papers of Gregory Vlastos, a leading figure in ancient philosophy in the 20th Century. The collection, the generous gift of his heirs, is housed on campus in the H.R. Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC), where it complements holdings from Bertrand Russell, George Santayana, and other philosophers. It comprises a core library of annotated texts and monographs (c. 400 volumes), numerous offprints, over 100 document cases of papers (typescripts, correspondence, course notes, etc.), and 20 MB of electronic documents. The collection is also searchable.

Peer Learning
Much of what you learn in graduate school comes from other graduate students. In this mega-university of some 50,000 students, the graduate students in Classics and Philosophy, all housed together in Waggener Hall, form a dynamic interdisciplinary community. At any one time there are normally five or more students specializing in ancient philosophy, and many others in each Department with overlapping or related interests.

Academic Exchange
Students in the Joint Program may spend one or more semesters in study at other institutions. Past visits include Arizona, Stanford, King's College London, and the Center for the Study of Herculaneum Papyri in Naples. The Program has also hosted visiting graduate students from many institutions, including Arizona, Ohio State, Leiden, Melbourne, and Western Ontario.