The Penguin Dictionary of Philosophy

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Penguin, 2005 - Philosophy - 663 pages
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Stimulating and authoritative, The Penguin Dictionary of Philosophy is the ideal reference work for anyone with an interest in the subject. Laid out simply for ease of use and put in straightforward language are definitions of terms from akrasia to zetetic. What do philosophers mean by absolute and prime matter? Is there any link between the gambler's fallacy and the uncertainty principle, or the barber paradox and Occam's razor? These questions and many more are answered in this illuminating dictionary.

The Penguin Dictionary of Philosophy features:

  • Extensive coverage of the Western tradition in logic, metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology from c. 600 BC to the present day

  • Incisive overviews of thinkers from Plato and Kant to Derrida and Habermas

  • Powerful self-portraits by leading modern philosophers

  • Contributions from more than a hundred leading philosophers

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User Review  - tspringer - LibraryThing

For a quick summary of philosophy, philosophers, and philosophies, D. Runes' (ed.), Dictionary of Philosophy (1984) will help. This dictionary includes information about both Western and Eastern ... Read full review

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Great, reads like a book. Learned a lot. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Thomas Mautner is visiting fellow in the school of humanities at the Australian National University and has published papers in various academic journals. Among his teaching and research interests are seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy, moral and political thought, natural law, and natural rights.

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