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Near Perfect Entry Level Dictionary of Philosophy,
This review is from: The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback)
Philosophy is, at best, a difficult business. Whether one is a professional philosopher (whatever that means), or a casual reader, any discussion of philosophy requires familiarity with a huge number of specialized terms. A philosophical dictionary allows the reader to quickly ground himself in the vocabulary without losing the train of thought.
The various encyclopedias of philosophy are more comprehensive, but they serve a completely different purpose. If you are looking for in depth analysis, turn to an encyclopedia, but for a quick definition, this volume is perfect. The entries contain just the perfect amount of information. You are quickly gotten up to speed, without bogging down in endless peripheral issues.
In short, a valuable supplement to philosophical studies, both for the novice and for the more experienced reader of philosophical texts.