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Welcome to the Philosophy subject guide. This guide will assist you with locating research materials at the College of Staten Island, both online and at the College of Staten Island Library, building 1L. Created to help users begin their research into the diverse range of courses taught by the Philosophy Department at CSI, this guide will feature a variety of resources, ranging from academic journals to educational films.

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Popular Philosophy Books

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The Stranger

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." 

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What Is Philosophy For?

A robust, yet not uncritical, defense of philosophy and the life of the mind. This defense is expertly placed in the context of contemporary debates about science, religion, and philosophy.

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The Republic

What is justice? And what is its relation to happiness? These two questions form the central themes of this philosophic text, written by the Greek philosopher Plato around 380 BCE.

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What Does It All Mean?

In this cogent and accessible introduction to philosophy, the author sets forth the central problems of philosophical inquiry for the beginning student.

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Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings

Important philosophical texts from each major Buddhist tradition, translated and introduced by a recognized authority in Buddhist studies. 

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A Treatise of Human Nature

First published in 1739 to an unenthusiastic British public, Hume's "A Treatise of Human Nature" has since been referred to as one of the most significant books in the history of philosophy.

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Philosophical Writings

Philosophical Writings provides an unprecedented collection of complete, scholarly editions of philosophical texts that cover the first twenty-three years of Beauvoir's career, including a number of recently discovered works. 

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The Order of Things

Foucault offers startling evidence that "man"--man as a subject of scientific knowledge--is at best a recent invention, the result of a fundamental mutation in our culture.

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The Sublime in Modern Philosophy

Brady argues that the sublime is a distinctive aesthetic category which reveals an important, if sometimes challenging, aesthetic-moral relationship with the natural world.

Philosophy Department Information

The Philosophy Department office is located in building 2N, room 224 on CSI's Willowbrook campus. Please visit the Philosophy Department Website for more information on the majors, minors, and courses offered by the department.

Department Contacts

Mark D. White

Chairperson and Professor

Phone: 718.982.2900

Email Mark D. White


Florinda Mattia

CUNY Administrative Assistant

Phone: 718.982.2900

Email Florinda Mattia