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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy New Edition Hardcover – May 26, 2005
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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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Well, maybe, but that would be a Sunday morning for logical positivists, Wittgenstein linguists, Kierkegaard intellectuals, professional logicians and perhaps child prodigies bored with their deferential calculus homework.
There are 249 contributors, contemporary philosophers, most holding academic positions at prestigious institutions of higher learning throughout the world, who wrote the 2,230 entries arranged alphabetically from "abandonment" (a term used by existential philosophers) to Zoroastrianism (the ancient Persian religion). In-between, the entries range from the whimsical to the esoteric to the downright impenetrable. An example of the whimsical might be "cat, Schrodinger's" from quantum mechanics. An example of the esoteric (as least to my mind) could be the entry on "corpuscularianism"--which I won't attempt to define. As for the downright impenetrable, how about, "logical theory," which, according to Christopher Kirwan of the University of Oxford who wrote the entry, "is best seen as a vaguely delimited and shifting group of problems." (All the entries are signed with the initials of the author who wrote the entry. These contributors are listed near the beginning of the book.Read more ›
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The Kindle edition has no indexing which makes it next to useless.Published 9 months ago by Brendan Halligan
I took two courses in Philosophy in college in the 1980's, as requirement, and then years went by, and lack of discipline, and I will confess, FEAR of the subject, although a man... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Raymond Louis Llompart
The fundamental requirement of a book like this is to find the words. Try to find the word ontology, for instance. You'll ended up just looking somewhere else. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Edson Siquara de Souza
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
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