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PHI 220: Ethics (220): Books & eBooks

This guide will introduce you to useful resources for PHI 220 course assignments. If you have questions or comments, please contact Heather Blicher at

Sample Searches

absolutism AND relativism

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with allthe concepts. Searching for absolutism AND relativism will only include books that have both absolutism and relativism in their contents.


deontology OR deontological ethics

Use OR between similar concepts. Searching for deontologyOR deontological ethics will find books that refer to either term.


"Greatest happiness principle"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "Greatest happiness principle" to find the words in that specific order.



eBook/eReader icon

Here are a few places you can find eBooks, just remember that you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).  More information on downloading eBooks.

eBooks (Open Web)

These websites provide access to books/works in the public domain (copyright-free and available to all). They include many classic philosophy works by Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and more.