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The dictionary shows philosophers at their best (and their worst), at their most perverse and their most elegant. Organised by philosopher, and indexed by thought, concept and phrase, it enables readers to discover who said what, and what was said by whom. Over 300 philosophers are represented, from Aristotle to Zeno, including Einstein, Aquinas, Sartre and De Beauvoir, an ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published August 8th 1994 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 1992)
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Angel Rodriguez
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m just a curious adolescent, who wants to learn and study this wonderful thoughts through history. However, visualize or created a image in my mind of this powerful this quotes, giving a mood of sense to the reader of universal truth. Reasoning can be difficult or frustrating but education is the only way in this world to understand the beauty of life and tragedy. So many questions no answers God is real that’s all I have to say because in my opinion it’s impossible to fabricate body parts.... ...more
Sinem Salva
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book since very good quotations from many many philosophers and scientists, physicists.
WT Sharpe
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This 501 page collection by the late, great A.J. Ayer is just what the title implies. This is well-researched, the quotations are carefully chosen, and the editors, A.J. Ayer and Jane O'Grady, have done a fine job of providing the original sources. The selections include words from the Pre-Socratics to the "Four Horsemen" of our own era. This is another one of the great books of quotations in my collection (and trust me; not all books of quotations are created equal), and another that's been rea ...more
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Seriously high-class john lit. My understanding of Hegel, such as it is, comes solely from this book. I leave it on the back of my toilet to impress my friends when they come over for parties.
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In 1910, Sir Alfred Jules Ayer was born in London into a wealthy family. His father was a Swiss Calvinist and his mother was of Dutch-Jewish ancestry. Ayer attended Eton College and studied philosophy and Greek at Oxford University. From 1946 to 1959, he taught philosophy at University College London. He then became Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford. Ayer was knighted in 1970. ...more