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Political thought and philosophy

Sometimes called simply "political theory," this subfield of political science traces its ancestry to Socrates. Political thought's normative, often speculative, focus on questions of justice and rights gives it a strong kinship to humanities disciplines such as philosophy and literature. In contrast, formal political theory attempts to model political behavior mathematically and owes much to economics.

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  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts from ProQuest

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    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia Screencast tutorials available for this resource Contents of this resource available through Summon database provides Get VText links

    Worldwide Political Science Abstracts from ProQuest

    Worldwide Political Science Abstracts indexes citations and abstracts from journal articles, books, essays, book reviews, working papers, technical reports, theses, and dissertations in the social sciences related to politics. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1975-present.  

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  • Religion and Philosophy Collection from EBSCOhost

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    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia This resource provides a mobile interface; see description for link Screencast tutorials available for this resource database provides Get VText links

    Religion and Philosophy Collection from EBSCOhost

    Religion and Philosophy Collection indexes citations, abstracts, and full text from journal articles, magazines, and book reviews in the field of world religions, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Full-text materials are available in  HTML and PDF. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1967-present.  

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  • Philosopher's Index from ProQuest

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    Philosopher's Index from ProQuest

    The Philosopher's Index indexes citations and abstracts from journal articles, books, chapters/essays, book reviews in the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, metaphysics, social philosophy, and axiology. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1940-present

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  • MLA International Bibliography from ProQuest

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    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only Sponsored by VIVA, the Virtual Library of VirginiaContents of this resource available through Summon database provides Get VText links

    MLA International Bibliography from ProQuest

    MLA International Bibliography indexes citations to journal articles, books, dissertations, and scholarly web sites in disciplines such as language, literature, folklore, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, and the dramatic arts. Coverage includes literature from all over the world and includes citations to materials in many languages other than English. 1926-present.  

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  • Iter Bibliography

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    This resource is restricted to Virginia Tech users only database provides Get VText links

    Iter Bibliography

    The Iter Bibliography includes literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). It indexes citations for books, journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts, and discographies), as are citations for dissertation abstracts, and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, Festschriften, encyclopedias, and exhibition catalogues). Use the Check for full text link to connect to Get VText. 1784-present.

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