A number of our collections contain material relating to philosophy:

  • Bannerman Papers: over 240 documents relating to the economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790), author of The Theory of Moral Sentiments
  • Bonar: volumes from the library of Adam Smith, many of them of philosophical interest
  • Hamilton: 8,000 volumes, dating from 16th century onwards, including works on logic, aesthetics and the history of philosophy
  • Alec Lawrence Macfie Papers: includes notes of lectures on Moral Philosophy taken by Macfie (1898-1980) at the University of Glasgow in 1919-20
  • Old Library: texts as used at the University for teaching and research up until the end of the 18th century, including some philosophical works; supplemented by 19th century holdings of class libraries (including Ethics Class Library)
  • Veitch: over 400 volumes, comprising mostly early printed editions of the medieval scholastic philosophers

Other relevant material may be found across our collections. To search across all our collections, by name or keyword, please use the rare books search (for printed material) and the manuscripts search (for unpublished material including notebooks, papers, photographs and drawings).

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