The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

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Oxford University Press, UK, Oct 27, 2005 - Philosophy - 407 pages
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A major new edition of the best-selling and most authoritative paperback dictionary of philosophy available. Contains over 3,000 entries, including over 500 new entries, as well as biographies of nearly 500 philosophers. A wide-ranging and reliable source of reference for advanced students, a solid support for teachers, and an excellent introduction to philosophy for beginners. - ;This best-selling dictionary is written by one of the most famous philosophers of our time, and widely recognised as the best dictionary of its kind. Wide-ranging and authoritative, it covers every aspect of philosophy from Aristotle to Zen. Clear, concise and easy to use, 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 and updated it to include over 500 new entries including terms from related disciplines such as religion, science and logic. Fully cross-referenced and containing over 3,000 alphabetical entries, this dictionary is the ideal introduction to philosophy for beginners, and an essential work of reference for more advanced students and teachers. -

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A nice little dictionary with many interesting articles in very tiny print. This replaces my well-used and much-loved copy of Priest's revision of Flew's Dictionary of Philosophy. Blackburn is a bit more up to date, a bit more inclusive, and maybe a little easier to follow. Read full review

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Heavier than the last edition, The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy contains a great deal of model aircraft blueprints left out in lesser philosophical dictionaries. The Oxford dictionary also comes in a water-tight cover and is replete with a lanyard for strapping to your belt for use in scuba diving. It is also fire retardant (specifically designed to be thumped down on and put out any spark of errant reasoning). Built with the no-nonsense rigidity we have come to expect from this brand, the Oxford's off-road capabilities are second-to-none. With a full three-year warranty and insurance against the sudden and irrevocable retraction of reason, I highly recommend this product for the Modern anti-Existentialist Philosopher employed in the rugged field of post-modern existence. 

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Simon Blackburn is Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina. He was a fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College, Oxford from 1969 to 1990. The author of Spreading the Word (1984) and Essays in Quasi-Realism, he edited the journal Mind from 1984 to 1990.

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