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Philosophical dictionary /
Mario Bunge.
edition
Enl. ed.
imprint
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2003.
description
315 p.
ISBN
1591020379 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2003.
isbn
1591020379 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4797651
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-10-01:
Greatly enlarged, this revision of Bunge's Dictionary of Philosophy (1998) is both more and less than a standard dictionary of philosophy. It is less because it covers only modern Western philosophical concepts, problems, principles, and theories, and because it deliberately ignores several terms the author believes to be merely trendy or prematurely "archaic," and more because the style is crisp and engaging, the definitions sophisticated and often technical, and Bunge's value judgments expert, numerous, and often deliberately provocative. Many definitions are closely argued "minipapers" written from "a humanist and scientistic standpoint" on topics Bunge thinks other philosophers have bungled. Libraries that can afford only one dictionary of philosophy and that serve mostly philosophy novices will find that Simon Blackburn's The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (CH, May'95), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, ed. by Ted Honderich (CH, Jan'96), or The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, ed. by Robert Audi (2nd ed., CH, Mar'00) are better choices. But every academic and medium-to-large public library that can afford this book should buy it, as should all advanced philosophy students and professors who need shaking up from time to time. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. L. Kincaid Boise State University
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This indispensable dictionary, directed to general and university audiences, elucidates and evaluates many contemporary philosophical ideas from a humanist and scientifically oriented perspective.
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Organized by internationally recognized philosopher Mario Bunge, this indispensable dictionary, directed to general and university audiences, elucidates and evaluates many contemporary philosophical ideas from a humanist and scientifically oriented perspective.
Main Description
This lexicon of modern Western philosophical concepts, problems, principles, and theories may well be the shortest dictionary of philosophy in the English language, but one of the most useful. Organized by internationally recognized philosopher Mario Bunge, this indispensable volume, directed to general and university audiences, elucidates and evaluates many contemporary philosophical ideas from a humanist and scientifically oriented perspective.From A to Z, most entries are brief and nontechnical in nature, highlighting useful philosophical terms rather than trendy ones. Placing emphasis on living philosophy, Bunge has deliberately excluded many of the archaic terms and philosophical curios of other dictionaries. He has incorporated a number of minipapers, or longer definitions of some terms, and he critically analyzes such influential doctrines as existentialism, phenomenology, idealism, materialism, pragmatism, deontological ethics, utilitarianism, and many others. Constructive alternatives are offered to all philosophical approaches criticized.This is a superb reference work for both students and professional philosophers.Mario Bunge (Montreal, Quebec) is the Frothingham Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at McGill University, and is the author, editor, and/or translator of nearly 100 books, including The Dictionary of Philosophy and the eight-volume Treatise on Basic Philosophy.
Main Description
This lexicon of modern Western philosophical concepts, problems, principles, and theories may well be the shortest dictionary of philosophy in the English language, but one of the most useful. Organized by internationally recognized philosopher Mario Bunge, this indispensable volume, directed to general and university audiences, elucidates and evaluates many contemporary philosophical ideas from a humanist and scientifically oriented perspective. From A to Z, most entries are brief and nontechnical in nature, highlighting useful philosophical terms rather than trendy ones. Placing emphasis on "living" philosophy, Bunge has deliberately excluded many of the archaic terms and philosophical curios of other dictionaries. He has incorporated a number of "minipapers," or longer definitions of some terms, and he critically analyzes such influential doctrines as existentialism, phenomenology, idealism, materialism, pragmatism, deontological ethics, utilitarianism, and many others. Constructive alternatives are offered to all philosophical approaches criticized. This is a superb reference work for both students and professional philosophers.
Main Description
This lexicon of modern Western philosophical concepts, problems, principles, and theories may well be the shortest dictionary of philosophy in the English language, but one of the most useful. Organised by internationally recognised philosopher Mario Bunge, this indispensable volume, directed to general and university audiences, elucidates and evaluates many contemporary philosophical ideas from a humanist and scientifically oriented perspective. From A to Z, most entries are brief and non-technical in nature, highlighting useful philosophical terms rather than trendy ones. Placing emphasis on 'living' philosophy, Bunge has deliberately excluded many of the archaic terms and philosophical curios of other dictionaries. He has incorporated a number of 'minipapers', or longer definitions of some terms, and he critically analyses such influential doctrines as existentialism, phenomenology, idealism, materialism, pragmatism, deontological ethics, utilitarianism, and many others.

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