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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This is a worthwhile addition to two other recent reference works in philosophy, The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (LJ 7/95) and The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (LJ 7/95). Unlike the earlier ... Read full review

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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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