Dictionary of Philosophy

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This lexicon of modern Western philosophical concepts, problems, principles, and theories may well be the shortest dictionary of philosophy in the English language, but one of the most useful. Organized by internationally recognized philosopher of science Mario Bunge, this indispensable volume, directed to general and university audiences, elucidates and evaluates many contemporary philosophical ideas in a naturalistic, rationalist, empiricist, and scientific manner. From A to Z, most entries are brief and ...
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Overview

This lexicon of modern Western philosophical concepts, problems, principles, and theories may well be the shortest dictionary of philosophy in the English language, but one of the most useful. Organized by internationally recognized philosopher of science Mario Bunge, this indispensable volume, directed to general and university audiences, elucidates and evaluates many contemporary philosophical ideas in a naturalistic, rationalist, empiricist, and scientific manner. From A to Z, most entries are brief and nontechnical in nature, highlighting useful philosophical terms rather than trendy ones. Placing emphasis on "living" philosophy, Bunge has consciously excluded many of the archaic terms and philosophical curios of other dictionaries. He has incorporated a number of "minipapers, " or longer definitions of some terms, as well as making use of special characters and symbols when necessary.
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Adopting "a naturalist and scientistic standpoint" rather than staying "neutral," Bunge (Finding Philosophy in Social Science, Yale Univ., 1996) claims to define only philosophical terms of "enduring value," to shun "trendy" terms, and to avoid "solemnity" so as to "lighten, not burden" his listener. All that not only significantly limits the range of this dictionary but lends it an air of dogmatism. Although Bunge offers some correct and useful definitions (especially of terms in logic), his writing is so far from clear and the work so marred by numerous sloppy and incorrect definitions (e.g., defining "ambiguity" as denoting more than one object when the issue is whether one can tell which use is meant from the context, contradictions in defining "a priori/a posteriori" and "hypothesis") that, on the whole, this dictionary fails to come close to the many fine works already available. Avoid it! Instead, rely on Robert Audi's The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (LJ 7/95), Simon Blackburn's The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (LJ 11/1/94), and Ted Honderich's The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (LJ 7/95).--Robert Hoffman, York Coll., CUNY
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Bunge (logic and metaphysics, McGill U.) defines most terms quickly and succinctly, but throws in a few longer definitions. His focus is contemporary philosophy, so he excludes many traditional and archaic terms now little used. He also employs special characters and symbols, mostly from formal logic, when they help clarify a concept or process; cross-references highly; and is not above a touch of wit. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781573922579
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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