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This is the leading, full-scale comprehensive dictionary of philosophical terms and thinkers to appear in English in more than half a century. Written by a team of more than 550 experts and now widely translated, it contains approximately 5,000 entries ranging from short definitions to longer articles. It is designed to facilitate the understanding of philosophy at all levels and in all fields.

Key features of this third edition: • 500 new entries covering Eastern as well as Western philosophy, and covering individual countries such as China, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain • Increased coverage of such growing fields as ethics and philosophy of mind • More than 100 new intellectual portraits of leading contemporary thinkers • Wider coverage of Continental philosophy • Dozens of new technical concepts in cognitive science and other areas • Enhanced cross-referencing to add context and increase understanding • Expansions in both text and index to facilitate research and browsing


Contributors; Preface; Dictionary; Appendix of special symbols and logical notations; Index of selected names not occurring as headwords.

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015


"The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy is a fabulous resource. It is inviting, accessible and clear, yet nuanced, informative and suitably concise. This third edition is even more comprehensive in its coverage, with thousands of high-quality entries by leading contemporary philosophers."
Pauline Kleingeld, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands

"The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy is a big satisfier of curiosity, but also stimulates further interest. From its first appearance, the volume has proved an extremely valuable resource, not only for the discipline but also for interested people in the general public. I'm impressed that a project of this scale should be consistently excellent; this is the best edition yet."
David Sosa, University of Texas, Austin

"The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy is an indispensable work for every student and researcher in philosophy. The third edition is truly global in its range. The philosophy of many countries and traditions is covered in very reliable, precise and thought-provoking entries. Many informative portraits of living philosophers and the discussion of the most important recent developments in new fields of philosophy make it an invaluable 'guidebook' for anyone interested in philosophy and its history."
Ludwig Siep, University of Münster, Germany

"The new edition of Robert Audi's Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy continues and furthers the great contribution of the original edition as an invaluable resource for professional philosophers, other scholars and the wider public. As with past editions, the entries are concise and user-friendly. The latest edition also adds new entries that make this work even more comprehensive and up to date. The result is an important reference resource that reflects a diversity of philosophical traditions and increasing globalized philosophical engagement. There is an abundance of reference works in the market now, but this one is definitely a must-have for everyone regardless of whether they are from the East or West."
Chienkuo Mi, Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Soochow University, Taiwan and President of the Taiwan Philosophical Association

"Audi's Dictionary is doubtless the best short reference book available for both traditional and contemporary philosophy. An invaluable research tool, this enhanced edition offers an ample overview of leading figures and main philosophical traditions, Western and Eastern - particularly in recent philosophy of mind, ethics, metaphysics and cognitive science."
Rosaria Egidi, Professor Emerita, University of Rome

"This new edition of The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy updates a unique, indispensable and compact philosophical reference work. It will be extremely valuable for both students and advanced scholars."
Michael Friedman, Stanford University, California

"In his preface, Robert Audi describes philosophy as a 'field in motion'. The third edition of this authoritative volume captures the dynamic nature of the field by substantially expanding coverage."
A. Wesolek, Choice

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