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The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy

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Widely acclaimed as the most authoritative and accessible one-volume dictionary available in English (and now with translations into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Italian, and Spanish underway) this second edition offers an even richer, more comprehensive, and more up-to-date survey of ideas and thinkers written by an international team of 436 contributors. Includes the most c ...more
Paperback, 1039 pages
Published September 28th 1999 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1995)
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Aug 04, 2010 Pamela rated it it was amazing
This is a great reference book for the Philosopher, in that it has a really good comprehensive entries on major philosophers.

Everyone should have good reference books.

It is concise, well written, and easy to comprehend.
Todd Hansink
May 20, 2012 Todd Hansink rated it it was amazing
Learning the history of philosophy takes a long time and is a lot like learning a foreign language. It is a long term task to try to learn the who? what? and when? of philosophy. I didn't read this book from front to back, but in a somewhat random order while always trying to comprehend the whole book at once."
Oct 28, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing
I find myself reaching for this one quite often; its entries hit that sweet spot between being too brief to be informative and too lengthy to be able to read while under pressure (which, in academia, is a given).
Jun 28, 2007 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of philosophy
It's a good resource for reminding yourself the general thoughts of different philosophers and schools of thought. Great for beginning students of philosophy as it explains terms which are commonly happened upon in texts.
Felipe Romero
Jun 20, 2015 Felipe Romero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Está muy bueno, acompaña en la lectura de obras filosóficas. No me atrevo a decir que es el mejor ni tampoco que es el más completo, pero, de lo que encontré, es lo más cercano a eso.
David Goetz
Apr 01, 2015 David Goetz rated it really liked it
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Excellent summaries of philosophers, schools, etc. Non-western philosophical traditions are included, which is nice. Binding isn't the best.
May 16, 2008 Rob rated it it was amazing
very handy, detailed, scholarly, up-to-date, essential reference work for philosophers and theologians
Dec 03, 2009 Matko rated it it was amazing
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Best philosophical reference in print.
Dec 16, 2007 Colin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in any aspect of philosophy
I love this reference book. I like it much more than the Oxford counterpart. Anytime I have a philosophical question or want to understand a certain thinker, I pick it up.
Should be made into a hardcover
Oct 01, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the best research on technical philosophy currently in print.
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"Read" is not so true, use as a reference is better. Great resource.
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