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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

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Philosophy can be intriguing--and at times baffling. It deals with the central problems of the human condition--with important questions of free will, morality, life after death, the limits of logic and reason--though often in rather esoteric terms. Now, in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, readers have the most authoritative and engaging one-volume reference work on phi ...more
Hardcover, 1040 pages
Published August 31st 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Virginia
Oct 23, 2007 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tran
Mar 19, 2007 Tran rated it it was amazing
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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.
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Bandersnatch
Feb 05, 2009 Bandersnatch rated it it was amazing
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.
Melissa
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 it was amazing
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.
Carla
Sep 22, 2013 Carla rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2011 Justin Allen rated it it was amazing
Awesome reference book with a lot of good information. If your a fan of philosophy, this is a must have.
Tom D
Jun 03, 2013 Tom D rated it liked it
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good reference but more of a companion for the doctorate student than the layman.
David Gross
Jun 13, 2007 David Gross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The sort of mini-encyclopedia reference book you can read cover-to-cover.
Jimmy
Oct 14, 2012 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
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A must have reference book for all would-be philosophers.
Paul
Jan 14, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource.
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