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Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Hardcover – December 28, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0415223645 ISBN-10: 0415223644

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  • Hardcover: 1030 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415223644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415223645
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

This work consists of more than 2000 abbreviated entries culled from the ten-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (LJ 9/15/98). It has the same number of entries as the ten-volume set, whose lengthy essays each begin with a brief description of the subject; it is these descriptions that make up the content of the Concise Encyclopedia. The layout generally follows other one-volume Routledge works, e.g., the Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers (LJ 9/1/96). Each entry is signed and includes one or two suggestions for further reading on the topic. An alphabetical list of entries and their contributors appears at the beginning of the book, and there is a comprehensive subject index. Reflecting the entire set, the choice of entries has been carefully made, and topics are not limited either to history or to Western philosophy. Libraries owning the set probably don't need this, though it would not be costly to add for ready-reference purposes. It should, however, find a welcome spot on the reference shelves of libraries not owning the set, given the exceptionally reasonable price and the care that has gone into the production.DTerry Skeats, Bishop Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Based on the widely acclaimed 10-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (1998), this abridgement includes entries on each of the more than 2,000 topics covered in the parent set. The vast majority of entries in the larger set begin with a short introduction to the topic designed to be accessible to the educated layperson, followed by a more in-depth treatment and often extensive lists of cross-references and annotated sources for further reading. Concise Routledge retains unaltered each of the short introductions and, in the case of entries for the branches of philosophy (e.g., Ethics , Metaphysic s, Political philos ophy) and selected religious philosophies (e.g., Islamic philosophy , Jewish philosophy), includes the entire several-page article. But a few examples will indicate how much detail has been lost from the parent edition: overviews of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Korean Buddhism have shrunk from thirty-seven to three pages; John Stuart Mill's entry has shrunk from fifteen to just under two pages; and Political philosophy, history of has shrunk from fourteen to one and one-half pages. In most cases, the number of cross-references and further reading citations (still helpfully annotated) has been significantly reduced. Still, these shorter treatments reflect the concentrated and carefully worded opinions of more than 1,200 philosophers and other scholars. The volume compares favorably to two works of similar length and scope: The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (1995) and The Cambridge Dic tionary of Philosophy (1999). Using entries on Aristotle, Descartes, and Wittgenstein as a basis for comparison, biographical entries in Con cise Routledge are much shorter than those in the Oxford and Cambridge titles. There are no sources for further reading in Cambridge , while those in Oxford are not annotated. Oxford has useful charts and tables not found in the other two. The index of Cambridge is limited to selected personal names not occurring as headwords. Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy is recommended even for high-school, public, and academic libraries already owning the Oxford and Cambridge titles; its annotated reading lists alone are worth the price. It is especially recommended for smaller libraries unable to afford the 10-volume parent set. REVWR
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Rifleman on March 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It is always a pleasure to find another high quality single volume philosophy reference. In its favor are the wide sampling of philosophical issues and personalities. There are more obscure philosophers mentioned in this text than even I knew existed. The articles tend to be fairly short and perfunctory; they will not tax the advanced student of philosophy. It is a good general text for the layman. The advanced student of philosophy will find the text of little use. Filled with obscure philosophers and explaining Kant in half a page does not make good sense. Any one wanting a more advanced and useful single volume reference to philosophy would be much better served by the Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Though it too has its limitations, the Companion is more thorough and more scholarly.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ho Hock Doong on July 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Despite such a great reputation that Routledge has in the field of philosophy, this concise encyclopedia really did disappoint me. The 10 volume encyclopedia is great, no doubts about that but this concise version of it is nothing but an advertisement to the larger version.
Yes, this encyclopedia is comprehensive, it includes philosophers and philosophy from all over the world but too bad not in sufficient depth to make it meaningful enough. It is assumed that this book is for the layman but frankly speaking, all it can do is to introduce the names/terms/concepts to the layman without being able to shed more light.
If one would really want to know more, the Oxford Companion will do a better job. And if you want to know more about a particular philosopher or movement, the internet will be a better place although less authoritative.
Looks nice on the bookshelf though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By calmly on July 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I spent a few days browsing thru, to get a rough idea of what areas of philosophy I might do well to study more. For that purpose, this book seemed good.

I was alarmed, however, to find in the entry for "Skinner, Burrhus Frederick" this statement: "Both it [i.e. scientific behaviorism] and radical behaviorism have been obviated by the development of a computational theory of the mind." That's false. Radical behaviorism is the philosophy of behavior that informs the science of applied behavior analysis, of which there are thousands of practicing analysts and thousands of clients benefitting from those analysts. Computational theories of the mind are speculative, tend toward "mentalism" ( fictitous explanation) and, as yet, have yielded little if any practical benefit. Skinner expected that (physical) brain science would advance and welcomed that, but behaviorism is operating at a different level and is not invalidated by advances in brain science. Limitations in any theory of the mind, computational or otherwise, were precisely what led Skinner to a behaviorist approach. The emergence of computational theories of the mind presents nothing to lessen the problems Skinner recognizes were inherent in theories of the mind. On the contrary, study of Radical Behaviorism is all the more important so that the fictitous aspects of such theories be recognized. It was no accident that in the March 1994 issue of the American Psychological Society's magazine "Observer", president Roddy Roediger, a cognitive psychologist, in his article "What Happened to Behaviorism", suggested celebrating "the power of behavioristic analyses...even if you are one of the cognitive psychologists who believe behaviorism is irrelevant, passe and/or dead. It isn't".
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