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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A Shelf Browsing Guide to the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library

A guide to the printed books collection in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, as arranged by Library of Congress Classification System, and a guide to the Library of Congress Call Numbers

Subclass B: Philosophy

The HPNL's "B" collection is strongest in Western philosophy, and weakest in non-Western. The collection is especially strong in modern, German philosophers.

  • B1-107: General
  • B108-708: Ancient
    • B165-491: Ancient Greek
      • B350-398: Plato
      • B400-491: Aristotle
  • B720-765: Medieval
  • B770-785: Renaissance
  • B790-5802: Modern (1600-present)
    • B808-849: Topics and Schools
    • B850-948 : American
    • B1111-1682: British
      • B1245-1299: 17th Century
        • B1253-1298: Locke
      • B1300-1559: 18th Century
        • B1450-1499.S9: Hume
      • B1561-1682: 19th and 20th Centuries
        • B1600-1608: John Stuart Mill
        • B1649.R9-.R94: Bertrand Russell
    • B1801-2433: French
      • B1815-1907: 17th Century
        • B1830-1878.W5: Descartes
      • B1911-2179: 18th Century
      • B2185-2417: 19th Century
      • B2421-2430: 20th Century
      • B2431-2433: 21st Century
    • B2521-3399: German
      • B2535-2611: 17th Century
        • B2565-2599: Leibniz
      • B2615-2729: 18th Century
      • B2741-3177: Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries
        • B2751-2799: Kant
        • B2800-2849: Fichte
        • B2900-2949.W67: Hegel
      • B3180-3399: Later 19th and 20th Centuries
        • B3279.H45-.H49Z: Heidegger
        • B3279.H9-.H49: Husserl
        • B3305.M7-.M74: Marx
        • B3310-3318: Nietzsche
        • B3376.W56-.W564: Wittgenstein
    • B3801-4095: Dutch
      • B3950-3999.T7: Spinoza
    • B4325-4395: Danish
      • B4370-4378: Kierkegaard
    • B4670-4875: Eastern European
    • B5000-5295: Asian
    • B5300-5679: African

Subclass BC: Logic

  • BC11-39: History
    • BC25-39: By period
  • BC60-99: General works
  • BC171-199: Special topics

Subclass BD: Speculative Philosophy

  • BD10-41: General works
  • BD95-131: Metaphysics
  • BD143-237: Epistemology. Theory of knowledge
  • BD240-260: Methodology
  • BD300-450: Ontology Including being, the soul, life, death
  • BD493-701: Cosmology Including teleology, space and time, structure of matter, plurality of worlds

Subclass BF: Psychology

  • BF1-990: Psychology
    • BF38-64: Philosophy of. Relation to other topics
    • BF81-172: History of
    • BF173-175.5: Psychoanalysis
    • BF309-499: Consciousness. Memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking.
    • BF511-593: Affection. Feeling. Emotion
    • BF608-635: Will. Volition. Choice. Control
    • BF636-637: Applied psychology
    • BF660-685: Comparative psychology. Animal and human psychology
    • BF692-692.5: Psychology of sex. Sexual behavior
    • BF697-697.5: Differential psychology. Individuality. Self
    • BF795-839: Temperament. Character
  • BF1001-1389: Parapsychology
  • BF1404-2055: Occult (including witchcraft)

Subclass BH: Aesthetics

  • BH39: General works
  • BH81-208: History
  • BH301: Special topics

Subclass BJ: Ethics

  • BJ1-1725: Ethics
    • BJ21-28: Collected works
    • BJ37-60: Relation to other topics
    • BJ71-1185: History and general works Including individual ethical philosophers
    • BJ1188-1295: Religious ethics
    • BJ1298-1335: Evolutionary and genetic ethics
    • BJ1395: Feminist ethics
    • BJ1400-1500: Special topics
      • BJ1400-1409: Good and evil
    • BJ1518-1697: Individual ethics. Character. Virtue Including practical and applied ethics, conduct of life, vices, success, ethics for children
  • BJ1801-2195: Social usages. Etiquette

Subclass BL: Religion

  • BL1-50: General works
  • BL51-65: Philosophy of, Psychology of, In relation to other subjects
  • BL74-99: Religions of the world
  • BL175-265: Natural theology
    • BL221: Monotheism
    • BL224-227: Creation. Theory of the earth
    • BL239-265: Religion and science
  • BL300-325: Myth. Comparative mythology
  • BL410: Religions in relation to one another
  • BL425-490: Religious doctrines (General)
    • BL458: Women in comparative religion
  • BL500-547: Eschatology
  • BL550-619: Worship
  • BL624-629.5: Religious life
  • BL630-632.5: Religious organization
  • BL660-2680: History and principles of religions
    • BL660: Indo-European. Aryan
    • BL685: Ural-Altaic
    • BL687: Mediterranean region
    • BL689-980: European. Occidental
      • BL700-820: Classical (Etruscan, Greek, Roman)
      • BL830-875: Germanic and Norse
      • BL900-980: Other European
    • BL1000-2370: Asian. Oriental
      • BL1000-1035: General
      • BL1055: Southern and Eastern Asia
      • BL1060: Southwestern Asia. Asia Minor. Levant
        • BL1100-1710: By religion
          • BL1100-1295: Hinduism
          • For Buddhism, see subclass BQ
        • BL1600-1695: Semitic religions
          • For Judaism, see subclass BM
          • For Islam, see subclass BP
      • BL1750-2350: By region or country
        • BL1790-1975: China
          • BL1830-1883: Confucianism
          • BL1899-1942.85: Taoism
        • BL2000-2032: India
          • BL2017-2018.7: Sikhism
        • BL2195-2228: Japan
          • BL2216-2227.8: Shinto
      • BL2390-2490: African
        • BL2420-2460: Egyptian
      • BL2500-2592: American
        • For American Indians, see classes E-F
      • BL2600-2630: Pacific Ocean islands. Oceania
      • BL2670: Arctic regions
  • BL2700-2790: Atheism. Rationalism

Subclass BM: Judaism

  • BM50-105: General works
  • BM135-449 :History
    • BM135-199: By period
    • BM200-449: By region or country
      • BM203-232: North America
        • BM205-225: United States
      • BM290-376: Europe
        • BM316-318: Germany
    • BM487-488: Dead Sea Scrolls
    • BM495-518: Rabbinical literature
      • BM496.9-509: Talmudic literature
      • BM510-518: Midrash
    • BM520-523: Halakkah
    • BM525: Cabala
    • BM535: Judaism and Christianity (relations)

Subclass BP: Islam (with works on Bahaism, theosophy, and other religions)

  • BP1-253: Islam
    • BP50-68: History
      • BP63-68: By region or country
        • BP63.A1-.T82: Asia (including Middle East)
        • BP64: Africa
        • BP65: Europe
        • BP67: North America
    • BP70-80: Biography
      • BP75-77.75: Prophet Muhammad
    • BP100-157: Sacred texts
      • BP100-134: Koran
        • BP100-127: Koran
          • BP100: In Arabic
          • BP109-110: In English
        • BP130-134: Works about the Koran
    • BP160-165: General works on Islam
    • BP166: Theology (works on Sunnite theology and Sunnites filed here)
    • BP170: Apologetics
    • BP171-173: Relation of Islam to other religions
      • BP172: Islam and Christianity
      • BP173.J8: Islam and Judaism
    • BP173.25-173.45: Islamic sociology
    • BP174-190: The practice of Islam
      • BP176-181: The five duties of a Moslem. Pillars of Islam
      • BP182: Jihad (Holy War)
      • BP187-187.9: Shrines, sacred places, etc.
      • BP188-190: Islamic religious life
        • BP188.2-188.3: Devotional literature
        • BP188.45-189.65: Sufism. Mysticism. Dervishes
        • BP189.68-189.7: Monasticism
      • BP191-253: Branches, sects, etc
        • BP192-194.9: Shiites
        • BP221-223: Black Muslims
    • BP500-585: Theosophy
    • BP600-610: Other beliefs and movements

Subclass BQ: Buddhism

The BQ subclass for Buddhism was only introduced in 1972, and codified in the 1984 edition of the classification scheme. Before 1972, books on Buddhism were classed in BL1400-1485. We do not use the older call number range in the HPNL, but if you are browsing in the Main Stacks, or in the Library Catalog, bear in mind that older imprints will be classed in that now-obsolete range (BL1400-1485).

  • BQ251-799: History
    • BQ262-284: General
    • BQ286-316: By time period
    • BQ320-799: By region
  • BQ840-999: Biography
  • BQ1001-1045: Texts
  • BQ1100-3340: Tripitaka
  • BQ4000-4060: General works
  • BQ4061-4570: Doctrinal and systematic Buddhism
  • BQ4620-4907: Buddhist pantheon
  • BQ4911-5720: Practice of Buddhism. Worship
  • BQ7001-9800: Modifications, schools, etc.
    • BQ9250-9550: Zen Buddhism

Subclass BR: Christianity

  • BR60-67: Early literature. Fathers of the Church, etc.
  • BR100-102: And philosophy
  • BR115: In relation to special subjects
  • BR118: Theology
  • BR120-126: General works
  • BR127-129: In relation to other religions and philosophical systems
  • BR130-133.5: Antiquities. Archaeology. Museums
  • BR140-1510: History
    • BR160-481: By time period
      • BR160-275: Early and medieval
      • BR290-481: Modern period
        • BR295-420: Reformation (See also BR280)
          • BR323.5-334.2: Luther, Martin
        • BR430: Counter-Reformation
    • BR500-1510: By region or country
    • BR1600-1609: Persecution. Martyrs
    • BR1609.5: Dissent
    • BR1610: Tolerance and toleration
    • BR1615-1617: Liberalism
    • BR1620: Sacrilege (History)
    • BR1690-1725: Biography

Subclass BS: The Bible

  • BS1-2970: The Bible
    • BS11-115: Early versions
    • BS125-355: Modern texts and versions
      • BS125-198: English
      • BS199-313: Other European languages
      • BS315-355: Non-European languages
        • BS315: Asian languages
        • BS325: African languages
        • BS335: Languages of Oceania and Australasia
        • BS345: American Indian languages
        • BS350: Mixed languages
        • BS355: Artificial languages
    • BS410-680--Works about the Bible
      • BS500-534.8--Criticism and interpretation
      • BS535-537--The Bible as literature
      • BS546-558--Bible stories. Paraphrases of Bible stories. The Bible story
      • BS569-580--Men, women, and children of the Bible
        • BS580--Individual Old Testament characters
      • BS585-613--Study and teaching
      • BS647-649--Prophecy
      • BS650-667--Bible and science
      • BS670-672--Bible and social sciences
    • BS701-1830--Old Testament
      • BS705-815--Early versions
      • BS825-1013--Modern texts and versions
      • BS1091-1099--Selections. Quotations
      • BS1110-1199--Works about the Old Testament
        • BS1160-1191.5--Criticism and interpretation
      • BS1200-1830--Special parts of the Old Testament
    • BS1901-2970--New Testament
      • BS1937-2020--Early texts and versions
      • BS2025-2213--Modern texts and versions
      • BS2260-2269--Selections. Quotations
      • BS2280-2545--Works about the New Testament
        • BS2350-2393--Criticism and interpretation
        • BS2415-2417--The teachings of Jesus
        • BS2430-2520--Men, women, and children of the New Testament
        • BS2525-2544--Study and teaching
      • BS2547-2970--Special parts of the New Testament
        • BS2640-2765.6--Epistles of Paul

Subclass BT: Doctrinal Theology

  • BT10-15: General works
  • BT19-37: Doctrine and dogma
  • BT40-60: Philosophy of. Philosophical theology.
  • BT65-85: Doctrinal, dogmatic, systematic theology
  • BT98-180: God
  • BT198-590: Jesus
  • BT595-680: Mary
  • BT695-749: Creation
  • BT750-811: Salvation
  • BT819-891: Eschatology
  • BT899-940: Future state. Future life
  • BT960-985: Invisible world (saints, demons, etc.)
  • BT990-1010: Creeds, confessions, covenants, etc.
  • BT1313-1480: History of specific doctrines and movements. Heresies and schisms

Subclass BV: Practical Theology

  • BV5-530: Worship (Public and private)
  • BV590-1652: Ecclesiastical theology
  • BV2000-3705: Missions
  • BV4000-4470: Pastoral theology
  • BV4485-5099: Practical religion. The Christian life

Subclass BX: Christian Denominations

  • BX100-189: Eastern churches. Oriental churches
  • BX200-756: Orthodox Eastern Church
  • BX800-4795: Catholic Church
    • BX940-1745.Z: History
      • BX945-960: General
      • BX965-1397: By time period
      • BX1401-1745.Z: By region or country
  • BX4800-9999: Protestantism
    • BX4800-4861--General
    • BX4872-4924--Pre-Reformation
    • BX4929-4951--Post-Reformation
    • BX5001-5009--Anglican Communion (General)
    • BX5011-5207--Church of England
    • BX5133--Sermons. Tracts. Addresses. Essays
    • BX5800-5995--Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America
    • BX5996-6030--Protestant Episcopal Church outside the United States
    • BX6051-6093--Reformed Episcopal Church
    • BX6101-9999--Other Protestant denominations