The central aim of The Philosopher’s Dictionary is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date guide of philosophical terms. Definitions are brief, clear, and user-friendly. Notes on usage, spelling, and pronunciation are included, and there are brief entries on hundreds of the best-known philosophers. Throughout, Martin writes in a style at once informative and authoritative, making difficult concepts intelligible without distorting them.
The third edition has been revised throughout, and includes many new entries on philosophical concepts, from Berry’s paradox to the Chinese room example to perfectionism and satisfice. The number of entries on active philosophers has also been considerably increased.
“Martin’s Dictionary is one that professionals can rely on and recommend to students with confidence. But Martin also presents philosophy in a witty, engaged manner; the reader gets the rewarding sensation of a discipline in motion, an ongoing conversation between past, present, and future.” — Edrie Sobstyl, University of Texas at Dallas
“ … clearly [the dictionary] best-suited for introductory philosophy students.” — Dialogue
“As interesting to the general reader as it is useful for the student.” — David Copp, Bowling Green University
“Very valuable … an excellent first place to look for explanations of philosophical concepts.” — Thomas Hurka, University of Calgary