International Philosophical Bibliography - Répertoire bibliographique de la philosophie (IPB)


The International Philosophical Bibliography / Répertoire bibliographique de la philosophie (IPB) has been published by the Institut Supérieur de Philosophie at the Université Catholique de Louvain since 1934 and remains a crucial tool for today’s philosophical research.

From 2024 onwards, the IPB will go through a complete makeover! The bibliography will cease to be published in paper version and will be replaced by a new version of the database, designed and published by UCLouvain. More information in the coming months.


The bibliography is updated by specialists with privileged access to the content of many scholarly books and journals, notably through regular work with publishing houses. All the data is selected according to rigorous criteria and undergoes detailed checks to ensure it is both relevant and accurate.

Every year over 12,000 new references are added, including books, edited volumes, journal articles, contributions, and reviews. The IPB covers all fields of philosophy in almost 30 languages and is intended to complement other bibliographical tools, with a particular focus on the history of philosophy and continental philosophy.


Extensive search capabilities

Searches by historical period or major field of contemporary philosophy: metaphysics and ontology, logic, the theory of knowledge, the philosophy of science, language,  mathematics, nature, mind and action (philosophical anthropology), ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of law, culture, art, religion, history and education.

Index searches: names of individuals (over 84,000 names of authors, publishers, translators, reviewers and collaborators), titles, subjects (people, works, key words), ISBN, languages, journals, publishers and series, date of publication, and document type (articles, books and reviews). These indexes can be used in combination (up to ten filters) for more detailed searches.

Searches of commentaries on over 3,000 works, including philosophical classics (“historical works”).

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►► L'IPB on line 

To manage search results

IPB online makes navigation easy through extensive cross-referencing, for example between volumes and the articles they contain, books and commentaries on them or publications and reviews.

Integrated DOIs (digital object identifiers) provide direct access to the text of an article or book if is available online. Users can also use the SFX button to find a book in a library near their own location.

IPB online enables users to manage search results by saving, sorting, printing or emailing them to a particular address.