The Oxford Companion to Philosophy 2/e (Oxford Companions) Hardcover – 10 Mar 2005
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Magisterial and unrivalled... the new edition remains the definitive reference guide to the world of philosophy. (Library Journal)
A reference work of both great value and pleasurable reading. (Booklist)
Philosophy students in search of a crisp (or comparatively crisp) summary are certainly spoilt for choice. Lively. (Nicholas Bagnall, Sunday Times)
that rarest of things: a philosophical work that is genuinely entertaining ... by far the best - and best value - philosophical reference book on the market.' (Observer)
About the Author
Ted Honderich is Emeritus Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London. He was born in Canada and educated in Toronto and London. His major work is A Theory of Determinism: The Mind, Neuroscience, and Life-Hopes, published by the Clarendon Press in 1988 and subsequently issued in two paperback volumes. He addresses the same subject for a more general readership in How Free are You? (1993). He is also known for his writings on political philosophy, and for the widely successful philosophy readers which he has edited.
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As well as covering the greats, and different branches of philosophy, there was good coverage of contemporary philosophers - something lacking other encyclopaedias/Dictionaries. Also, an eye-opener, was the coverage of some [possibly] curious problems [e.g. death] which, again, are not found in many other works of reference.
In contrast to another recent popular tome [the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy] this book is definitely NOT dry and boring. This is important, as it combats the image of the philosopher as a dull academic with nothing of interest to say about life.
If you're serious about philosophy and want a book you can keep for a very long time that you can dip into now and again, then this is the book to get. I thought it was so good, I've even bought it as a present for one of my student-friends.
A true helpful companion to study and to write in philosophy, and it is also pleasant to read.
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Superb edition for anybody with an interest in philosophy to instsntly understand the various concepts and terms.Published 6 months ago by Mr Albert J Thompson
This is the book what I want to learn about philosophy fully inclusive every thing about philosophy one word "excelent"Published 18 months ago by feridun aksu
This volume sits somewhere in-between an introduction to philosophy and a more comprehensive dictionary of philosophy such as Audi's Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2010 by T. Blackburn