The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy
Paw Prints, Jun 26, 2008 - Philosophy - 1001 pages
Widely acclaimed as the most authoritative and accessible one-volume dictionary available in English (and now with translations into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Italian, and Spanish underway) this second edition offers an even richer, more comprehensive, and more up-to-date survey of ideas and thinkers written by an international team of 436 contributors. Includes the most comprehensive entries on major philosophers, 400 new entries including over 50 on preeminent contemporary philosophers, extensive coverage of rapidly developing fields such as the philosophy of mind and applied ethics, more entries on non-Western philosophy than any comparable volume, and increased coverage of Continental philosophy.
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The second edition of THE CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHY corrects many of the deficiencies of the first edition, but many remain. Especially troublesome are lapses of historical awareness. For example, the entry ABDUCTION (available online) does not mention that the term was introduced into philosophy by the noted American logician Peirce (1839-1914). Peirce used it in senses related to, but other than, that assigned to it by the entry. Another example occurs at the TYPE-TOKEN entry, which describes another contribution by Peirce. Here, thankfully, Peirce is given credit, but for something that he did not do and in fact for something that was done centuries earlier, perhaps before Socrates, namely distinguishing between a category and one of its members. Another troubling type of deficiency is a surprising lack of comprehensiveness. For example, the entry MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, after adequately describing this basic field of pure mathematics and mentioning its application to geometry known as “analytic geometry”, fails to mention its other main mathematical application, its application to number theory known as “analytic number theory”. Perhaps there will be a third edition in which these and other glaring shortcomings can be addressed. It must be said, however, in all fairness, that this is by far the best work of its kind known to this reviewer. It has been criticized for its “dense writing”, which is like criticizing a watchdog for its ferocious-sounding bark.
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