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Specialist resources

Online resources

  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online - features over 2000 original articles from over 1300 leading international experts across the discipline of philosophy. Each article links to a bibliography, related articles, and other internet resources. New material is added on a regular basis.
  • Philosophers' Index - provides indexing and abstracts from over 300 journals of philosophy and related interdisciplinary fields; philosophy books and contributions to anthologies. A rich source of material on the philosophy of various disciplines, such as education, history, law, religion, and science.
  • InteLex Past Masters - a large collection of classic works by philosophers and political scientists. Includes a collection of British Philosophy 1600-1900 (Francis Bacon, David Hume, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke), full-text books by continental rationalists (Spinoza-Descartes, Leibnitz), OUP translations of Hegel, full-text works on the philosophy of science from Darwin, Wittgenstein collected works and Kant Hauptewerke.

Current research

  • OAIster contains details of research being undertaken globally.
  • LSE Research Online is a collection of research produced by LSE staff. It often contains content which is full text and freely available.
  • PhilSci Archive- An electronic archive for preprints in the philosophy of science.
  • Cogprints - Self archived papers in philosophy and other areas, covering mind, language, knowledge, science and logic.
  • ArXiv - Open access to e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.


  • LSE Theses Online is the online archive of LSE PhD theses. It includes electronic versions of recent PhD theses and electronic versions of PhD theses submitted by alumni. For a full listing of all LSE PhD and MPhil theses, both print and electronic, use
  • Library Search and search for theses by title. If we do not hold an electronic copy, you can view a paper copy by making a request for the thesis via the Fetching service. Some recent LSE theses include:
  • The EThOS service, run by the British Library, is a UK-wide collection of PhD theses, includes a growing number of digitised versions of LSE theses - use the advanced search option|, and search by Institution Name for "London School of Economics".

Conference Papers

  • ZETOC- Index to conference papers 1992-present. No full-text, simply tells you where to find the paper concerned, such as in a book or journal.

Special collections

The Lakatos Collection comprises most of the personal library of Imre Lakatos. He was appointed to the full-time teaching staff at LSE in 1960.  In 1969 he became Professor of Logic, with special reference to the Philosophy of Mathematics until his death in 1974.  The collection was donated to the Library by his estate. It contains around 2,500 books, conference papers and journals in English, in Lakatos' native Hungarian, and in many other European languages. Most of the book collection can be found on the third floor of the Library; with the exception of items that contain annotations thought to be in Lakatos' own hand, which are held in Archives.

Other links to Lakatos resources at LSE

■ The papers of Imre Lakatos are deposited in the LSE Archive.

■ You can find details of the Lakatos papers held in Archives by searching the Archives Catalogue. Click the link on the left hand side labelled Search Archives Catalogue, then type Lakatos in the RefNo box and Search.