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A Dictionary of Philosophy Hardcover – September 14, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0517204191 ISBN-10: 0517204193 Edition: 2 Sub

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy; 2 Sub edition (September 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517204193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517204191
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This major new edition pays particular attention to continental philosophy as well as updating and expanding Professor Flew's coverage of the more traditional aspects of the subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What is logic? What were the most significant contributions of Kant, Plato and Descartes? What is the concept of yin and yang? The personalities, terminology, and definitions of philosophers and philosophical schools of thought are presented clearly in this unique A-to-Z reference guide.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have just logged in 30 hours of studying this book, and it has given me, a philosopher by hobby, an unprecedented level of insight into the extremely challenging but highly rewarding study of philosophy. This book is well organized, and impressively written. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about philosophy.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A Zarrella on July 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a beginner in studying philosophy I found this book of great value and the price is fantastic too! I've seen other Philosophy Dictionairies but they failed in comparison to Antony Flew's version "A Dictionary of Philosophy" You will find yourself searching for one thing and before you know it you're off on a dozen different delightfully written tangents. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this book for any friends or family members who are interested in philosophy. It IS worth the read and I do NOT say this that often when it comes to books. *wink*
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sunil Govinnage on May 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This 400 page dictionary is a real bargain. The editor Antony Flew has done a great service for philosophy lovers. A bible for philosophy students.
Flew is one of the best known specialists of linguistic philosophy. In this carefully researched work he assists readers to clarify meanings and understand known and well known terms and issues on philosophy.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lets think of why one uses a dictionary. First, to define terms. Alright, this book deals with many terms from epistemology to metaethics. Philosophers are given thorough biographies: everyone from ancient stoic Epictetus to the recently deceased Robert Nozick. Second, we use a dictionary for summaries that are objective. This book is extremely even-handed in its treatment in the gamut of terms, ideas and people.
Third, we use dictionaries to get definitions that are clear and understandable. This is the books weakness (-3 *s). In fact, I was suprised to see Antony Flew's name on a dictionary because, despite being a hell of a thinker, his writing is terrible. Yes, philosophy is technical. Yes, the language is grande, using words like schism and epiphenomenon but the point of a dictionary is to explain and clarify meanings of unfamiliar words. Large and vague words are used, probably so as to create the detatchment required when writing dictionaries. Still, there are many other philosophical dictionaries on the market that are more user friendly. My suggestion, pick a term and compare how the available dictionaries define them.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Francis A Olivo on June 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This philosophy dictionary is a little better than average. I found myself trying to look up one thing and end up reading things I never intended. It's easy to get lost in the dictionary reading about terms and finding things you've never seen before. I like the way that "Flew" goes straight to the point. Flew doesn't try and put anything more than what you need to know. It's nice to look up something without getting bias feedback or opinions. I believe the book is worth the little price that Amazon is asking. Don't hesitate to buy this book. It will pay for it's self the first time you truly need it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Middleton on May 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
For the undergraduate setting out on a Liberal Arts degree, studying philosophy or any related subject in the humanities, this important reference is absolutely valuable.

It is my own experience that understanding the foundational terms of a subject is paramount in the attainment of grasping the whole. I remember as a first year university student, sitting down in my first philosophy class, expecting to learn the secrets of the ages, and the young professor flippantly entering the classroom, only to hand us a list of technical terms, and giving us our first assignment: "Learn these terms. Come back in a week and expect to be tested. If you receive anything less than 100%, I would sincerely advise dropping this class and taking up psychology or something." He then left the lecture hall. Needless to say, I worked the entire week learning or more so, memorizing these terms, such as, Idea in the Platonic sense; Socratic Method; dialectic, reminiscence, anamnesis, justice, truth and aesthetics. A week passed and the test consisted of the word and enough blank space to write the answer. Only eighty percent of us passed the test (an extraordinary outcome) and over half ended up dropping the course. Looking back at the blood sweat and tears of this first year class, I only wished I had owned this valuable reference then - it would have made life a lot easier. However I had learned a valuable lesson: no matter what the subject may be, before embarking on the particular ideas and basic tenets, learn the foundational terms, and the journey will be a lot less difficult.

A Dictionary of Philosophy will make the journey of learning philosophy or the history of ideas much easier.
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