The Oxford dictionary of philosophy [electronic resource] /
Simon Blackburn.
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Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2008.
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407 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
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9780199541430
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Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 2008.
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9780199541430
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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8674592
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-11-01:
Almost 3000 entries-many extensively cross-referenced-cover Eastern and Western philosophy (with emphasis on the latter), all the main subdivisions of philosophy, terminology from other disciplines that is significant in philosophical discussion, and major historical figures. Occasionally, information in a definition coupled with its cross references make the term's meaning unnecessarily murky (e.g., compare the "validity"-"follow"-"entailment" sequence to the definition of "validity" in a standard elementary logic text). Some definitions are idiosyncratic (e.g., that of "straw man"), and some omit something necessary for correctness (e.g., the common knowledge condition in defining D. Lewis's "convention"). On the whole, however, the definitions are clear, correct, and useful, and the subjects of biographical entries are generally chosen sensibly. Blackburn covers more than A.R. Lacey in A Dictionary of Philosophy (Routledge, 1990) and a bit more than Antony Flew in A Dictionary of Philosophy (St. Martin's, 1984. 2d ed.), though Flew is somewhat clearer. Since these three dictionaries have different emphases, they complement one another nicely. Recommended for academic libraries.-Robert Hoffman, York Coll., CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2009-06-01:
This revised second edition features content nearly identical to that of the 2005 second edition (1st, CH, May'95, 32-4821) but adds a "see weblinks" feature. By visiting the companion Web site , one may access the links for selected entries. The online resources here vary in quality and authoritativeness. Like the second edition on which it is based, this revised dictionary is well written, concise, and thorough. The entries do a good job of making philosophical terminology understandable to beginners while providing a broad, reasonably unbiased picture of the landscape of philosophy. Biographical entries are balanced but address the personalities and contributions of their subjects. The appendixes, covering logical symbols and a chronology of philosophy, are nearly identical to the second edition's. The chronology requires that one refer to the related articles. The online version of this work, available through Oxford Reference Online (CH, Sep'02, 40-0005), uses cross-links to related entries, which are denoted by an asterisk in the print version. The Web links referred to in the print version also appear at the bottom of entries in the electronic version. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. J. P. Renaud University of Miami
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'Review from previous edition an excellent source book'Times Higher Education Supplement
'the most comprehensive dictionary of philosophy in English'Times Literary Supplement
'Review from previous edition an excellent source book'Times Higher Education Supplement'the most comprehensive dictionary of philosophy in English'Times Literary Supplement
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Providing over 3000 entries, including the most recent terms and concepts, 'The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy' includes biographies of some of the most famous and influential philosophers, as well as exploring key terms and concepts.
Long Description
This best-selling dictionary is written by one of the most famous philosophers of our time, and it is widely recognized as the best dictionary of its kind. Comprehensive and authoritative, it covers every aspect of philosophy from Aristotle to Zen. With clear and concise definitions, it provides lively and accessible coverage of not only Western philosophical traditions, but also themes from Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy. Entries include over 500 biographies of famous and influential philosophers, in-depth analysis of philosophical terms and concepts, and a chronology of philosophical events stretching from 10,000 BC to the present day. The first edition of this dictionary became a market-leader and a standard work of reference, selling over 100,000 copies. Now the author, Professor Simon Blackburn, has revised it to include web links which provide up-to-date and valuable extra information via the Dictionaryof Philosophy companion website. Fully cross-referenced and containing over 3,000 alphabetical entries, it is the ideal introduction to philosophy for anyone with an interest in the subject, and it is an indispensable work of reference for students and teachers.
Main Description
The Gambler's Fallacy, the Dirty Hands Argument, Pascal's Wager--philosophical terms can be both intriguing and baffling. Now, eminent philosopher Simon Blackburn offers the most authoritative and up-to-date dictionary of philosophy available in a single volume. Ranging from Aristotle to Zen, the two thousand plus entries cover the entire span of philosophy, from the Vedas (written over three thousand years ago) to the most recent technical terminology, with ample coverage of important themes from Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy. Here are all the terms one would expect to find in a comprehensive dictionary of philosophy--idealism and empiricism, ethics and aesthetics, Epicureanism and Stoicism, existentialism and logical positivism, and much more. Blackburn also defines many concepts not normally found in such reference works, including entries for apathy, laughter, and the meaning of life, and he includes relevant terms from disciplines such as mathematics, physics, biology, artificial intelligence, and linguistics. In addition, there are capsule biographies of nearly five hundred individuals, from the pre-Socratics to such contemporary figures as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Richard Rorty, and Simone de Beauvoir.
Main Description
This best-selling dictionary is written by one of the most famous philosophers of our time, and it is widely recognized as the best dictionary of its kind. Comprehensive and authoritative, it covers every aspect of philosophy from Aristotle to Zen. With clear and concise definitions, itprovides lively and accessible coverage of not only Western philosophical traditions, but also themes from Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy. Entries include over 500 biographies of famous and influential philosophers, in-depth analysis of philosophical terms and concepts, and a chronology of philosophical events stretching from 10,000 BC to the present day. The first edition of this dictionary became a market-leader and a standard workof reference, selling over 100,000 copies. Now the author, Professor Simon Blackburn, has revised it to include web links which provide up-to-date and valuable extra information via the Dictionary of Philosophy companion website. Fully cross-referenced and containing over 3,000 alphabetical entries, it is the ideal introduction to philosophy for anyone with an interest in the subject, and it is an indispensable work of reference for students and teachers.
Table of Contents
Preface
Dictionary
Appendix: Logical Symbols
Chronology
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