The Periodical Room!!


Old men tend to recall curious things. As a graduate student, I recall one of my professors speaking of the "Learned Journals" as a "vast repository" of knowledge...a "vast repository"...somehow, the words stuck. There is so much out there that we can't possibly keep up with it all. But the journals, past and present, tell us about the state of our discipline, as nothing else can.

Pardon, I really need to begin with a bit of history. In the late 1960s, the Baylor Philosophy department took a classroom that had been used by the Sociology department, Tidwell 307, and converted it into a seminar room. Our chairman, Jack Kilgore, got a grant from a wealthy donor, Newton Rayzor, and a really handsome room was put together, with plush chairs, a huge table, and walnut panel walls.

The seminar room, which became known as the Rayzor Room, was opened for business in 1970. The room had bookshelves, too. So we had to decide what to put on the shelves. I suggested we purchase a set of the collected works of William of Ockham--we could call it "Rayzor's Ockham." This clumsy attempt at humor was ignored, and Dr. Kilgore suggested instead that we start a collection of philosophical journals. I made a list of 20 or so that I considered the best, and he said, "We can get all of those." And we did.

But of course there were problems.We did not have a librarian to look after the collection, so sometimes we forgot to renew, and subscriptions lapsed. And we found that subscriptions take a lot of space...

Meanwhile, I have always subscribed to a number of journals, too. And even though I had the largest and finest office on the Baylor campus for 24 years, I reached the point, some years ago, that I had not room enough, either in my office or at home, for all those journals. I decided to donate them to the department, and they were housed, for a time, in space that was also our Student Lounge.This was not an entirely satisfactory arrangement. Baylor students are honest (good Christians all!!), but sometimes forgetful. So I feel sure some issues were lost during that period. Later, when our ever-expanding department needed that area for office space, the journals were moved into the Rayzor Room, and "melted" into the collection there.

When I first saw what is now Room 214 of Morrison Hall (they keep changing the numbers!), it looked like an ideal place to house the department's journals. So I asked our chairman, Dr. Baird, if the room might be used for that purpose, and I volunteered to set it up as our Periodical Room. The room is not large; it has no windows (and would therefore not be very good as office space). But it does have lots of bookcases, floor to ceiling, on three sides.

I confess that I had no idea what I was taking on. On the big moving day, I faced a mountain of more than 50 (!!) boxes, and more were on the way!!. We had collected, over the years, an astonishing number of journals! There were also boxes ("Just a few," Dr. Baird said), of Kierkegaard materials...much more should be said about these. I am not sure what is to be done with them, but they are a real treasure. We also have a Past Masters Kierkegaard's works in Danish.

Also, some years ago, a member of the Baylor Religion department, Prof. Ed Dalglish, represented Baylor in purchasing books from the old Crozer Theological Seminary...and we inherited a lot of books, some quite valuable, that the Baylor libraries didn't want. Many of these made their way to the Rayzor Room, and now to our Periodical Room. I recall being told that Crozer "had resources" from, roughly, 1880 to 1930, and the books tend to date from that period. They are mostly concrned with the Philosophy (or Psychology) of Religion, and feature such authors as Paulson, Inge, Haldane (No, not John), Hobhouse, Caird, Bergson, etc.

The Periodical Room will also house our growing collection of Master's theses and critical papers.

In what follows, I attempt to give a partial list of the major Philosophical journals available for your use in our Periodical Room. I would stress that we certainly don't have everything; Baylor's Moody Library doesn't have everything. And I do not list all that we have. We have long runs of the Journal of Church and State, and The Christian Scholar's Review. And we have samples, some more extensive than others, of journals ranging from the University of California Publications in Philosophy, to the Rice University Publications in Philosophy, to Philosophical Papers, to Philosophy in Context, the Philosophy Forum, Inquiry to The Tulane Studies in Philosophy...the list is endless. Come and look. I have not attempted to list all these. I have tried to list what I consider the most important journals in our collection--plus a few that just happen to interest me. Something new-since Baylor now offers a Ph.D. in Philosophy, I have added two prominent German journals: Kant-Studien and Erkenntnis.  And I have taken the trouble to provide links for you, for those journals I could find online. I really hope this little file, and the materials in the Periodical Room, will be of use to you.

Oh, I recently added a couple or three unusual items to the collection. First, the Dewey Newsletter was published from 1967-1978. It was sent, free of charge, to members of the American Phlosophical Association's Western (now Central) Division. This was a period in which the Dewey Center at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, was putting together the Collected Works of John Dewey, a mammoth publishing effort. The Newsletter featured stories about Dewey, letters, etc. I collected the entire run into a folder, and recently put it all (210 pages!!) into a convenient pdf. file. I should warn the reader that this is a large file, and will take some time to download. Also, back in 1966, I attended a Summer Institute for college teachers, at which John Rawls was a featured lecturer--for 6 weeks. He shared with us a few duplicated materials which were later, in 1971, to be part of his Theory of Justice.; I think this material had been used in a course he had taught at Harvard in 1965. Finally, I can't recall the date, but, many moons ago, Thomas Munro gave me a folder with a copy, translated, of the tables of contents for the old Zeitschrift fur Aesthetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft, from 1906-1939. Scholars will realize that this journal was the model for our Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (see below). I am convinced that a lot of good scholarship went into the old Zeitschrift, academic treasure yet unmined.

As most of you know, I retired in 2005, and stayed on to teach one course per term until the end of the 2007-2008 school year. Early on, as I may have stated above, I tried to "keep up with the literature," and often subscribed to 20+ journals. Since I have retired, I cannot do that. Today's scholars make much larger salaries than I ever did: it is therefore only reasonable to expect one or more of them to pick up the subscriptions I dropped. Apparently someone has picked up Faith and Philosophy; I subscribed to 40 years of The Journal of Philosophy-and had it bound! "Go thou, and do likewise!"

If some of what I say here makes no sense to you, you might look at my Philosophy and the New Technology: a Beginner's Guide....scroll down to the part on Journal Articles--just after the Murillo painting.

And now the list:

The American Philosophical Association, Proceedings and Addresses

{JSTOR has it all, from 1927, with a "moving wall" of 3 years}

Thanks to Jack Kilgore, we have this valuable bit of history, for more than half a century--from Volume XXV,

for September, 1952, to the present...with an issue from 1937 thrown in for good measure!

American Philosophical Quarterly

{JSTOR has this one, too, with a "moving wall" of 5 years}


We should have all this one, but I think an issue from 1991 may have "walked."

Aside from that, we have Volume 1, number 1, for January, 1964--to Volume 42, number 4

for October, 2005..


{JSTOR has this journal online, from 1933, with a "moving wall" of 10 years

More recent issues may be found in Oxford Journals Online}

I tried this journal for a while, but found it a bit tedious for my taste.

So we have on the shelf only Volume 30, number

1, for October, 1969, to Volume 36, number 4, for June, 1976.



The Australasian Journal of Philosophy

{Informaworld has Full Text has full text coverage, from 1923 to the present!}

I gave up subscribing to this one, but we have coverage from

Volume 44, number 1, for May, 1966, to Volume 61, number 4, for December, 1983.



The British Journal of Aesthetics

{The really good news is that this journal is now available, full text, from 1960-1995 in Periodicals Archive Online!!

Very recent issues are available from Oxford Journals Online}


On the shelves we have

Volume I, Number 1: November, 1960--present. I got to this one early!!


We have it all!!

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

{This journal is online in JSTOR, from its beginning in 1950 to 1998. Find the rest, to date, through Oxford Journals}


Not my area, but the collection has a few sample issues, from Volume 20, number 1, for

May, 1969, to Volume 23, number 4, for November, 1972.


The Edinburgh Review

{We can access volumes 1-250, covering the period of October, 1802 to October, 1929, through Periodicals Archive Online!!}


There is only one small sample on the shelf, a volume covering numbers IX and X of Volume V, from 1804-1805.



It was a "Camelot moment;" a group of young men seemed to have it all together,

make it all work...

but evil forces brought it all down again. And the dream was lost.

In this case, the young men made up, not the Round Table,

but a group called the Vienna Circle (Der Wiener Kreis.).

They sought to solve the problems of Philosophy

on the model of the sciences-and for a time,

they seemed to be doing it!

They took over a struggling journal, renamed it Erkenntnis, and, during the early 1930s,

made it one of the very finest academic journals in the world!!

Then the forces of, not Mordred, but Hitler's  Nazi Germany, dispersed the Circle

(and murdered its leader, Moritz Schlick).

What was left fled to the Netherlands, and published just one volume of their work there,

under the new title of The Journal of Unified Science (Erkenntnis).

The periodical room at Baylor has one issue of that journal , published in June, 1939.

After the war, Erkenntnis began to be published again, in 1975--and is still being published today.

Surely no one thinks it can ever be the same...



"Don’t let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief, shining moment that
was known as Camelot".


Perhaps there is a lesson for us in the fact that, despite Elizabeth Anscombe's mis-translations,

the sword Excalibur, the real magic of Camelot, was not destroyed, or "broken in pieces."

They just threw it away.


{JSTOR has this one ,from 1938 to the present, with a "moving wall" of about 5 years; 
it also has the earlier International Journal of Ethics, from 1890-1938.More recent
issues can be found in EBSCOhost.}
I inherited an issue from April, 1953.
We have on the shelves Volume LXXIII, number 1, for October, 1962, to Volume 111, number 1, 
for October, 2000.

Hume Studies {The good news is that Hume Studies is now available online!! Volumes I-X are available on an unrestricted basis; more recent issues are available to members only!!! On the shelves, we have, roughly, from Volume 19, number 2, for November, 1993, to the most recent issues.} I came late to this journal, and, even then, the issues we have may have been "picked over" a bit.


JBSP: The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology

Must confess I subscribed to this one early, and then stopped.

Thus we have Volume 1, number 1, for January, 1970, to Volume 29, number 3,

for October, 1998.

The Journal of Aesthetic Education

This journal is available from the start, in 1966, in JSTOR;
 more recent issues are available through Project Muse.

 We have on the shelves, from the Inaugural Issue: Spring, 1966--
to Winter, 2005.

This might be a good place to add that there are some periodicals,
such as  Contemporary Aesthetics, edited by Arnold Berleant,
that are publishad only online,
but are well worth consulting.

The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

{This journal is available, in JSTOR, from its founding in 1941.

More recent issues are found in EBSCOhost}

Volume XXI, Number 1: Fall, 1962--present may be found on the shelves.

We really have this one covered!

Journal of the History of Ideas

{You may find this journal, online, through JSTOR, from its beginning, in 1940 to 2005-a "moving wall"- with a link to more recent issues in Project Muse.}


We have on the shelves some early issues (with gaps) from Volume XXX, number 4, for Oct-Dec, 1969, to Volume XLI, number 3, for July-Sept, 1980.

Then my subscription began with Volume XLVI, number 4, for Oct.-Dec., 1985, to Volume 67, Number 4,

for October, 2006.


The Journal of the History of Philosophy

{Project Muse has this journal online from its first isssue in 1963 to the present.}


This journal is a good example of our collection, and the way it developed.

We have a few early examples: Volume VII, number 4, for October, 1969, to Volume X, number 1, for January, 1972.

Then I began to subscribe, and so we have Volume XXIX, number 1, for January, 1991, to

Volume 44, Number 4, October, 2006..

The Journal of Philosophy
This journal is available online, from its beginning, in 1904, through JSTOR, (with a "moving wall" of five years). We have Volume LIX, Number 16, for August 16, 1962-- Volume CII, Number 9, for September, 2005.

The Journal of Speculative Philosophy

{The Journal of Speculative Philosophy was the first journal in
 America to be devoted primarily to Philosophy.It is now available, online, 
from the American Periodicals Series, from 1867-1893. The journal was begun again, and   
is available, online, from 2000, through Project Muse.}
We have the shelves Volume I, number 1 (New Series), for 1987,to Volume 12, number 4
(with a missing issue or two), for 1998.

The Journal of Value Inquiry

{Available online from 1967-1995 through Periodicals Archive Online;
1997-present in Springer-Link}

Sadly, there are starts and stops, and restarts, but we have issues
from Volume 1, number 1, for Spring, 1967, to Volume 24, number 4, 
for December, 1994.


Many people are convinced that the greatest philosopher ever was Immanuel Kant-
and they may be right! But it is beyond doubt that the best journal
 devoted to his work is Kant-Studien.
This journal is available, from 1897-1995,
in Periodicals Archive Online.


{Available online from 1998 to 1 year ago on Academic Search Complete}

I began taking this one, but gave up (I do that too often), 
so we have only Volume I, number 1, for January, 1970, 
to Volume 11, numbers 3 & 4, for July/October, 1980.


{Mind is online, from its beginning (in 1876!!), through JSTOR, to the present, with a short "moving wall"

And we can get more recent issues through Oxford J ournals Online.}


We have available all issues from Volume LXXI, number 284, for October, 1962, to Volume 114, Number 455,

for July, 2005.


We really have more on the shelf of this journal than I had thought!

The Monist

I find that we have issues from Volume 47, number 2, for Winter, 1963, to Volume 71, number 4, for October, 1988 on our shelves.

Then, apparently through a computer glitch (we didn't know how to use computers back then),

my subscription was stopped .But then I got Volume 75, for 1992, and the first issue for Volume 76, for 1993.


North American Review

{Amazingly, this journal is available, full text,
in several databases. I have chosen JSTOR,, which has it from 1815 to 2005!!}  

We have only a small sample, three volumes dating from 1861 and 1862, on hand.


{Jstor has this one from 1967-2007}

We have scattered issues from Volume 4, number 1, for February, 1970, to 
Volume 24, number 1, for March, 1990.
{Later issues of Nous (1997-1 year ago) may be found in Academic Search Complete }

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly

{The Pacific Philosophical Quarterly is online, full text, 
from 1998 to the present (less one year),
in Academic Search Complete.}

 We have Volume 61, Numbers 1 & 2: January-April, 1980--
Volume 73, Number 4: December, 1992.
Note that this journal replaced The Personalist (see below) after 1979.

The Personalist We have on the shelves Volume L, Number 1: Winter, 1969--Volume LX, Number 4:October, 1979. We have one additional issue: Volume XLII, Number 1, January, 1961. After 1979, the title of this journal was changed to the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (see above).

Philosophical Quarterly JSTOR has this one online, from the start in 1950 to 2003. More recent issues may be found in Blackwell-Synergy. As to our own holdings,the matter becomes complicated. We have on hand from Volume 14, number 57, for October, 1964, to Volume 38, number 153, for October, 1988 (plus the issue for January, 1995).

The Philosophical Review The Philosophical Review is also online, through JSTOR, from the first issues in 1892, to 2005!! We have on the shelves, with some duplication, from Volume LXXI, number 3, for July, 1962, to Volume 114, number 4, for October, 2005. Plus an extra issue from May, 1944!!

Philosophy {JSTOR has it, as always, from 1931-2003 We can also access this journal online, through EBSCOjournals, from 1998 to the present. We have a fair sample of this journal on hand, from Volume 39, number 150, for October, 1964, to Volume 55, number 214, for 1980.

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
{This journal is available, online, through JSTOR, from the start, 
in 1940,to 2003;more recent issues may be found in Blackwell-Synergy}

We have a long run of this one,from Volume XXV, number 1,
for September, 1964, to Volume LXVI,number 1, January, 2003
with an issue, Volume XV, number 3, for March, 1955, added.

Philosophy and Public Affairs {But Jstor has it, from the start in 1971, to 2006.
We have most issues from Volume 1, number 1, for Fall, 1975,
 to Volume 14, number 2, for Spring,1985.

Philosophy of Science

You can find it in JSTOR, from the start in 1934,
with links to 2007.

We have a few copies of this one on the shelves,
 from Volume 36, number 1, for March, 1969, to
Volume 44, number 4, for December, 1977.

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society

{JSTOR now has the Proceedings online from 1887-2003,   

with Supplementary volumes from 1918-2003}     

We also have a couple of indexes for this valuable

plus most of the Proceedings volumes, and the Supplements, from 1965-66 , both to 2006 ,

and the Supplementary volumes for 1960 and 1962.

Reid Studies

This journal began with Number 1 (1986-87), lapsed, then Volume I, Number 2, Spring, 1998.

We have all that were published.

As of Spring, 2003, this journal was replaced by the Journal of Scottish Philosophy.

{Available online through Academic Search Complete}

Yes, we have that on the shelves, too.

The Review of Metaphysics

{Find it in JSTOR, from 1947-2005.}

We have on hand Volume XX, Number 1, Issue Number 77,

September, 1966-Volume LX, Number 3, for March, 2007, with some duplication.

Also a couple of earlier issues: Volume XVI, Number 4, June, 1963,

Issue Number 64, and Volume XIX, Number 1, September, 1965, Issue Number 73.


The Southern Journal of Philosophy

We may be missing a few early issues, but we have most of this one,
from Volume 1, number 2, for Summer, 1963, to Volume XLIV, Number1
for Spring, 2006.

The Southwestern Journal of Philosophy

On the shelves of our Periodical Room, you can trace the history of the Southwestern Philosophical Society.

The Society was founded in the 1930s, but published only a Newsletter

(usually put together by the Secretary/Treasurer; I did this job for a few years),

until 1970. We have the entire run (with some duplication) of the Southwestern Journal of Philosophy,

from its first issue-(actually, Volume 1, numbers 1 and 2, for Spring and Summer, 1970)- to Volume XI, number 3, for Fall, 1980.

The Philosophical Documentation center has gotten into the act, and has given us some things we did not have before.

But, for some reason, they gave us the tables of contents for this one, but no text; maybe I should add, in Texan that "It ain't no big deal,"

since, as noted above, we have two copies of the text on our shelves.

The Editor thought we should avoid "regional" labels, so for a while we had a

confusing competition between The Southwest Philosophical Studies

(1981-1983) and The Proceedings of the Southwestern Philosophical Society, and Philosophical Topics

(Spring, 1981-Present, but , again, we have the tables of contents, not the text).

Now we have The Southwest Philosophy Review, and we have a rather complete run, from 1984-the present.

SHOCK!! Philosophy Archives Online has it all , from 1970-2000, under all the various titles

Teaching Philosophy

We need to do more with this very helpful journal, especially since some members of our department have published

in it. At present, we have on the shelves, an aborted run from Volume One, Number Two, for Fall, 1975

through Volume Seven, Number Four, for October, 1984.

Yale French Studies

We have on the shelves only a few issues dealing with Existentialism, but the rest,
 or most of them, can be found in JSTOR, from 1948 to 2006.

Combining Philosophy and Religion can be a struggle. There is a database that includes Faith and Philosophy, the official publication of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the entire run, from its beginning in 1984, to the present. There are a few issues in our Periodical room. There are sometimes problems accessing this database from off campus---if you get a security warning, I am assured no harm will be done if you just plow through it, and access the journal.

This database also includes the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. The Summer, 2000, issue is devoted to the work of Thomas Reid (some excellent articles!).

If you have an interest in Christian Ethics (as we all should), just inside the door of our Periodical Room-look right!- find many (most?) of the back issues of Christian Reflection. The articles in the back issues are available online.

Note!! Work in Progress!!

This project,and this web page, must be a work-in-progress.
It is often said that, while the sciences change, Philosophy remains forever 
the same. That isn't true; the discipline is now
 vastly different from what it was when I was a student,
about a half-century ago. But we also assume 
the earliest thinkers we know much about, e. g. the Pre-Socratics,
were not fools, so we should read them, too.
 My Father, a very wise man, used to say
"Everything changes; nothing remains the same," 
and that is as true of Philosophy as anything else.
This also provides another reason why every professor
 needs a good T. B. E. [TextBook Evaluator]--
I had the best!! 



Pardon a personal word, but I have retired from the Philosophy Department, 
and am considering resuming my former career.
TACP forever!!