The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy

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Wiley, Apr 15, 2008 - Philosophy - 776 pages
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The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy is a concise reference to the whole history of Western philosophy, from ancient Greece to the present day. The Dictionary’s entries are written in a clear and direct style, which makes it easy for readers to engage with the central questions of philosophy, from epistemology to ethics, and from metaphysics to the philosophy of mathematics. The authors pay particular attention to terms that are crucial to contemporary debate.

A unique feature of the Dictionary is its use of a quotation to conclude each entry on philosophical terms. These quotations not only illustrate the philosophical issues involved, but also serve as signposts for further study. Queries and objections are included in many of the entries to encourage readers to be active and critical in their response.

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Philosophy dictionaries are published regularly. In this one, Bunnin, director of the Philosophy Project at Oxford, and Yu (philosophy, SUNY-Buffalo) offer the usual abecedary of philosophical terms ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Nicholas Bunnin is Director of the Philosophy Project, Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford. He is the co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy, second edition (Blackwell, 2002) and of Contemporary Chinese Philosophy (Blackwell, 2002).


Jiyuan Yu is Associate Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Buffalo. He is the author of The Structureof Being in Aristotle (2003) and The Ethics of Confucius and Aristotle: Mirrors of Virtue (2007), and the co-editor of Rationality and Happiness: From the Ancients to the Early Medievals (2003).

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