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As with the first edition, Honderich has provided a reference work of both great value and pleasurable reading. He has allowed authors to show their idiosyncrasies, perhaps nowhere more so than in his own mind-twisting entry on Unlikely philosophical propositions. Some 300 new entries (including Animal consciousness, Cloning, and Corporate responsibility) have been added. Many others have been revised, lengthened, or updated. The distinguished list of contributors has increased from 249 to 291. Subjects range from paragraph-length entries on philosophers (some of whom are represented in the handful of illustrations) and concepts to entries of several thousand words on 20 or so giants of Western philosophy, aspects of the major branches of philosophy, and various national philosophies. There are entries for some 150 contemporary philosophers. Each entry is followed by a reference list. Adding value are appendixes of logical symbols, maps of philosophy showing hierarchical relationships, and a chronology of philosophy with contemporaneous figures and events in the facing column. The index is composed almost entirely of main-entry headings with lists of entries that are related.
This volume is highly recommended for academic, public, and high-school library reference collections and for philosophically curious browsers. For libraries looking for a work more uniformly accessible to the uninitiated, Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a better choice. Craig Bunch
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A lot of helpful content, from a conservative, professional point of view. I was impressed by the amount of historical background and depth of knowledge on many subjects. Read morePublished on October 19, 2008 by N. Coppedge
Like the old Latin dictionary; another thing you need for the shelf. Funny how some understandings change over the years.Published on August 12, 2008 by James R. McDonald
My first observation is that the binding (hardcover) is poor quality. It seems that a lot of my recent Oxford Press purchases have been lower quality than one would expect. Read morePublished on January 8, 2008 by John Scott
Philosophy professors generally tend to stay away from teaching, and act more like guides. While this is ideal since I do not want to be influenced by anyone else's bias, it makes... Read morePublished on September 29, 2007 by M. Rao