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Written by an international team of over 380 experts, this is the most authoritative and comprehensive one-volume dictionary of philosophy available in English. It contains over 4,000 entries, ranging from 100 to 7,000 words, and concisely defines technical terms as well as crucial concepts.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy is very comprehensive, thoroughly up-to-date, and probably the best short reference book in English on philosophy." Richard Rorty, University of Virginia

"The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy is a superb reference work that will help philosophers and non-philosophers alike to understand major figures and ideas in the history of philosophy. Superbly cross-referenced and meticulously edited it will also provide students and teachers with leads to follow, and guides for further reading and research." Edward Said, Columbia University

"Elegantly-written and thoughtfully compiled, the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy is an essential reference work for any humanist's library. An accessible digest of even the most complex ideas central to the Western philosophical tradition, the Dictionary is a remarkably useful introduction to the history of ideas and to the thinkers who have been so passionate about these ideas." Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

"The first edition of this comprehensive yet concise dictionary quickly established itself as one of the preeminent reference sources in the field. The second edition is significantly larger, including 400 new entries, many on non-Western and non-European philosophy. A noteworthy change from the first edition is the inclusion of some 50 entries on living philosophers, and much attention has been paid to rapidly developing fields such as bioethics and political philosophy. Many of the existing entries have been expanded (e.g., the entry "postmodern" is some 50 percent longer than in the previous edition). A collaborative work of truly international scope, the dictionary is both indispensable both for the range of subjects covered and for the lucidity of the writing." J. R. Luttrell, Princeton University

"Written with authority and comprehensiveness, The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy belongs in every philosophy reference collection." Reference Book Review

"It is sure to be a mainstay reference work for years to come. Highly recommended." The Readers Review

"Concise and readable but comprehensive in coverage..." S. P. Foster, Choice

"This is easily the best one-volume reference tool on philosophy that I have seen...I found articles on topics that I knew nothing about very helpful, succinct and clear; on those I am familiar with, the treatment was invariably excellent." Australasian Journal of Philosophy

"All in all, The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy is a remarkable will prove to be extremely useful to teachers and students of philosophy." Ethics

"This is a must-buy volume, a standard reference work on which scholars will be relying for decades." Steve W. Lemke, The Theological Educator

This new edition of a one-volume dictionary of philosophy features expansions in standing entries and the addition of some 400 new ones across the entire range of the subject including selective coverage of a number of living philosophers, mostly thinkers in their mid- sixties or older. It covers not only Western and European philosophy, but also African, Arabic, Islamic, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, and Latin-American. In addition to major philosophers, entries include rapidly developing fields such as the philosophy of mind and applied ethics bioethics, environmental, medical and professional. Audi is Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, U. of Nebraska at Lincoln. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521637220
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1039
  • Sales rank: 672,721
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Audi is John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His recent books include Moral Perception (2013), Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State (2011), Rationality and Religious Commitment (2011), Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge (2010) and Moral Value and Human Diversity (2007). Audi is a past president of the American Philosophical Association, a former editor of the Journal of Philosophical Research, and a former director of the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Seminars and Institutes Programs.
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Table of Contents

Contributors; Preface; Dictionary; Appendix of special symbols and logical notations; Index of selected names not occurring as headwords.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    a philosophical investigation explained

    I am a non-tradional college senior with a 3.9 cgpa! Thanks to this book, I actually understood the ideas and concepts after trying to read them over and over! It helped me to consult the dictionary FIRST then go to the textbook. Now one knows what to look for.It is also wonderful just to gain knowledge from--says my neighbor. I highly recommend it to anyone trying to understand philosophy OR philosophers!

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