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Title:
Biographical dictionary of twentieth-century philosophers
Author:
Brown, Stuart C.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xx, 947 pages ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780415286053
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Book

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Summary

Summary

This Biographical Dictionary provides detailed accounts of the lives, works, influence and reception of thinkers from all the major philosophical schools and traditions of the twentieth-century.
This unique volume covers the lives and careers of thinkers from all areas of philosophy - from analytic philosophy to Zen and from formal logic to aesthetics. All the major figures of philosophy, such as Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Russell are examined and analysed. The scope of the work is not merely restricted to the major figures in western philosophy but also covers in depth a significant number of thinkers from the near and far east and from the non-European Hispanic-language communities.
The Biographical Dictionary also includes a number of general entries dealing with important schools of philosophy, such as the Vienna Circle, or currents of thought, such as vitalism. These allow the reader to set the individual biographies in the context of the philosophical history of the period. With entries written by over 100 leading philosophy scholars, the Biographical Dictionary is the most comprehensive survey of twentieth-century thinkers to date.
Structure
The book is structured alphabetically by philosopher. Each entry is identically structured for ease of access and covers:
* nationality
* dates and places of birth and death
* philosophical style or school
* areas of interest
* higher education
* significant influences
* main appointments
* main publications
* secondary literature
* account of intellectual development and main ideas
* critical reception and impact
At the end of the book a glossary gives accounts of the schools, movements and traditions to which these philosophers belonged, and thorough indexes enable the reader to access the information in several ways:
* by nationality
* by major areas of contribution to philosophy e.g. aesthetics
* by major influences on the thinker concerned e.g. Plato, Kant, Wittgenstein


Author Notes

Stuart Brown is Professor of Philosophy at the Open University. He is the editor of eight books, including Philosophy of Psychology, (Macmillan, 1974), Reason and Religion, (Cornell University Press, 1977) and Objectivity and Cultural Divergence, (Cambridge University Press, 1984). He is also co-editor of four others, including Linguistic Analysis and Phenomenology (Macmillan, 1972) and Conceptions of Inquiry (Methuen, 1980).
Diané Collinson is a staff tutor and senior lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University. Her publications include Fifty Major Philosophers (Routledge, 1987), Thirty-Five Oriental Philosophers with Robert Wilkinson (Routledge, 1994) and Ending Lives (Blackwell, 1988).
Robert Wilkinson is Lecturer and Staff Tutor in Philosophy at the Open University in Scotland. His last book was Thirty-Five Oriental Philosophers^ (Routledge, 1994), co-written with Diané Collinson.


Table of Contents

Select contents: Acton
Adorno
Althusser
Arendt
Austin
Ayer
Baldwin
Barthes
Bataille
Baudrillard
Bauer
Beauvoir
Benjamin
Berlin
Blondel
Boodin
Boreas
Bukharin
Bulgakov
Camus
Carr
Castaneda
Chomsky
Collingwood
Croce
Daly
Delgado
Derrida
Dewey
Durkheim
Dworkin
Eco
Einstein
Engel
Gellner
Ghandhi
Hampshire
Hayek
Heidegger
Hicks
Hildebrand
Hobhouse
Holt
Hyppolite
Ionescu
Jung
Kenny
Keynes
Kristeva
Lacan
Le Roy
Lenin
Levi
Levi-Strauss
Lukacs
Luxembourg
Lyotard
Mackenzie
Mackie
Macquarrie
Malraux
Mannheim
Mao Zedong
Moore
Moritz
Murdoch
Nagel
Nietzsche
Palmer
Parfit
Pearson
Piaget
Planck
Poincare
Popper
Quinton
Rand
Rubenstein
Russell
Ryle
Sartre
Schiller
Simmel
Smuts
Sorel
Sosa
Spencer
Spengler
Suzuki
Swinburne
Tagore
Tawney
Tolstoi
Toynbee
Trotsky
Valery
Weber
Weil
Wittgenstein
Wollheim