The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

Third Edition

Simon Blackburn

The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

Third Edition

Simon Blackburn






10 Mar 2016




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This bestselling dictionary is written by one of the leading philosophers of our time, and it is widely recognized as the best dictionary of its kind. Comprehensive and authoritative, it covers every aspect of philosophy from Aristotle to Zen. With clear and concise definitions, it provides lively and accessible coverage of not only Western philosophical traditions, but also themes from Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Jewish philosophy.

Entries include over 400 biographies of famous and influential philosophers, in-depth analysis of philosophical terms and concepts, and a chronology of philosophical events stretching from 10,000 BC to the present day. New entries on philosophy of economics, social theory, neuroscience, philosophy of the mind, and moral conceptions bring the third edition of this dictionary fully up to date.

Fully cross-referenced and containing over 3,300 alphabetical entries, it is the ideal introduction to philosophy for anyone with an interest in the subject, and it is an indispensable work of reference for students and teachers.


Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy
Appendix 1: Logical Symbols
Appendix 2: Key Introductory Terms
Appendix 3: Specialist Terms


Simon Blackburn , Professor of Philosophy, New College of the Humanities

Simon Blackburn is one of the UK's leading twenty-first century philosophers. He retired as professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge in 2011 and is now Collegial Professor at the New College of the Humanities. He remains a distinguished research professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was previously a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford and has taught full-time at the University of North Carolina as an Edna J. Koury Professor.


Review from previous edition

`an excellent source book' Times Higher Education Supplement

`the most comprehensive dictionary of philosophy in English' Times Literary Supplement

`A very useful and handy dictionary with clearly written notices, which focus on the essential aspects. It should belong to the bookshelf of any student or scientist interested in the impact of philosophical questions. I shall recommend it for the part of my course devoted to the nature of science.' Bernard Leyh, University of Liäge