Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers

October 29, 2020
Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers

First published 1996This Biographical Dictionary provides detailed accountsof the lives, works, influence and reception of thinkers from allthe major philosophical schools and traditions of thetwentieth-century.This unique volume covers the lives and careers of thinkers fromall areas of philosophy - from analytic philosophy to Zen and fromformal logic to aesthetics. All the major figures of philosophy,such as Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Russell are examined andanalysed. The scope of the work is not merely restricted to themajor figures in western philosophy but also covers in depth asignificant number of thinkers from the near and far east and fromthe non-European Hispanic-language communities.The Biographical Dictionary also includes a number ofgeneral entries dealing with important schools of philosophy, suchas the Vienna Circle, or currents of thought, such as vitalism.These allow the reader to set the individual biographies in thecontext of the philosophical history of the period. With entrieswritten by over 100 leading philosophy scholars, the BiographicalDictionary is the most comprehensive survey of twentieth-centurythinkers to date.StructureThe book is structured alphabetically by philosopher. Each entryis identically structured for ease of access and covers:nationalitydates and places of birth and deathphilosophical style or schoolareas of interesthigher educationsignificant influencesmain appointmentsmain publicationssecondary literatureaccount of intellectual development and main ideascritical reception and impactAt the end of the book a glossary gives accounts of the schools,movements and traditions to which these philosophers belonged, andthorough indexes enable the reader to access the information inseveral ways:by nationalityby major areas of contribution to philosophy e.g.aestheticsby major influences on the thinker concerned e.g. Plato, Kant,Wittgenstein