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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  334 ratings  ·  11 reviews
BL Over 50 extended entries on the key areas of philosophy and the great philosophers BL 80 black and white portraits BL Almost 2,000 entries by 249 distinguished contributors The brave, large aim of this book, ' writes Ted Honderich, is to bring philosophy together between two covers better than ever before. That is not a job for one man or one woman, or a few, or a team, ...more
Hardcover, 1040 pages
Published August 31st 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA
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I do love this book, but my only complaint is that sometimes the entries tend towards academic bullshit.

Specifically the one on Ockham's Razor. Jesus.

"A methodological principle dictating a bias towards ismplicity i theory consturciton, where the parameters of simplicity vary from kinds of entity to the number of presupposed axioms to characteristics of curves drwan between data points."

Are you kidding me? Seriously?

Way to sum up the gist of the theory there.

(which is, more or less: The simples
My favorite (okay, only - but still, wickedly comprehensive) reference book for all things philosophical (Ayn Rand not included, yay!).

I see there's a 2005 edition out though (Ayn Rand still not included, yay!). Mine is 1995. I might have to upgrade.
This is my philosophical bible. I have read this cover-to-cover and still flip open to random pages to just get a little dose of philosophy. The Oxford Philosophy Dictionary acts as a good supplicant when the entries are a little too heady.
While I haven't read it in it's whole it is useful as an encyclopedia. Very helpful when looking up basic information on backgrounds of philosophers, movements, and specific ideas or occurrences within the philosophical world.
Nigel Dawson
May 10, 2008 Nigel Dawson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Philosophy students
Shelves: philosophy, reference
This is pretty much indispensible for anyone studying philosophy and/or intellectual history. Monographs in this cover nearly all of the major philosophers, schools of thought and technical terms.
The ideal book for a student of philosophy, it gives a detailed definition of any term one may come across but be unsure of. It also provides good overviews of all philosophers.
Justin Allen
Awesome reference book with a lot of good information. If your a fan of philosophy, this is a must have.
Tom D
good reference but more of a companion for the doctorate student than the layman.
David Gross
The sort of mini-encyclopedia reference book you can read cover-to-cover.
A must have reference book for all would-be philosophers.
Excellent resource.
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