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A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names


This is a concise guide to technical terms and personal names often encountered in the study of philosophy. What you will find here naturally reflects my own philosophical interests and convictions, but everything is meant to be clear, accurate, and fair, a reliable source of information on Western philosophy for a broad audience. The curriculum vitae elsewhere on this site describes my experience in academic life.

Although the entries are often brief, many include links to electronic texts and to more detailed discussions on this site or in other on-line resources, including: The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), Tom Stone's (ELC), The Encyclopædia Brittanica Online (EB), The Columbia Encyclopedia (ColE), The Perseus Digital Library (PP), Mathematical MacTutor (MMT), Peter Saint-André's The Ism Book (ISM), Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography (WSB), Chris Eliasmith's Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind (DPM), The Catholic Encyclopedia (CE), Kristin Switala's Feminist Theory Website (FTW), The Fallacy Files from Gary N. Curtis (FF), and Stephen Downes's Guide to the Logical Fallacies (GLF). Links to these and other resources listed in the "Also see . . . " list at the end of a dictionary entry—along with references to on-line texts—will appear in a second browser window.

For convenient access to the work of many Internet lexicographers, see: Bob Ware's OneLook Dictionaries and Robert Beard's For additional discussion of philosophers, the issues they discuss, and the terms they use, consult other philosophy sites, especially Andrew Chrucky's Meta-Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Harmut Krech's Bio-Bibliographical Directory.

Reliable print resources include:

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Last modified 29 October 2006.
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