- Series: Oxford Quick Reference
- Paperback: 407 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (October 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199541434
- ISBN-13: 978-0199541430
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.9 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
YA-A wondrous study of the concepts that structure our thinking. The 25,000 entries include the traditional ancient Eastern and Western philosophers, statesmen, and theologians as well as the modern influences in literary, social, political, math, and scientific movements. From Plato to Turing, this dictionary explains the ideas in language that students can understand and enjoy. Each definition explores the origin, current thought, and philosophers most associated with the concept. Cross-references are included. At just over 400 pages, this volume is easily used and not as intimidating as many specific-knowledge dictionaries. Blackburn describes his dictionary as a "playground for browsers and a resource for anyone interested in general intellectual movements..." YAs are likely to find themselves browsing compulsively day after day.
Cecelia Blotkamp, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Almost 3000 entries-many extensively cross-referenced-cover Eastern and Western philosophy (with emphasis on the latter), all the main subdivisions of philosophy, terminology from other disciplines that is significant in philosophical discussion, and major historical figures. Occasionally, information in a definition coupled with its cross references make the term's meaning unnecessarily murky (e.g., compare the "validity"-"follow"-"entailment" sequence to the definition of "validity" in a standard elementary logic text). Some definitions are idiosyncratic (e.g., that of "straw man"), and some omit something necessary for correctness (e.g., the common knowledge condition in defining D. Lewis's "convention"). On the whole, however, the definitions are clear, correct, and useful, and the subjects of biographical entries are generally chosen sensibly. Blackburn covers more than A.R. Lacey in A Dictionary of Philosophy (Routledge, 1990) and a bit more than Antony Flew in A Dictionary of Philosophy (St. Martin's, 1984. 2d ed.), though Flew is somewhat clearer. Since these three dictionaries have different emphases, they complement one another nicely. Recommended for academic libraries.
Robert Hoffman, York Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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BUT--the type size is very small, in order to fit everything into a light weight volume. One needs very good vision, or a magnifying glass.
My biggest disappointment and strong objection is that entries ("definitions") of people are, in some instances, obviously biased, subjective, and just incorrect. So, I am left to wonder, how accurate and factual are other entries. Personal bias and slant have NO PLACE in a dictionary, IMHO. Thus, I can give this book no more than two stars. Buyer beware!