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Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an encyclopedia of philosophy edited by the philosopher Edward Craig which was first published by Routledge in 1998. It was originally published in both 10 volumes of print and as a CD-ROM. In 2002, the encyclopedia was published online on a subscription basis.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an ambitious international philosophy project which:

- Consists of over 5 million words of text plus a considerable amount of bibliographic material

- Has over 2000 entries ranging from 500 to 15,000 words in length - thematic, biographical and national as well.

- Possesses a Chief Editor and thirty specialist Subject Editors from across the globe

- Has over 1200 authors from around the world.[1]

The project is known for its scholarship, large size and breadth of material and it covers: the core of Anglo-American philosophy; the areas of ethics, political philosophy and the history of philosophy; and the philosophy of various cultures - such as Chinese, Arabic and Jewish philosophy to the philosophy of Africa and Latin America.[2][3]

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online

According to Routledge:

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online (REP online) is the largest and most comprehensive resource available for all those involved in the study of philosophy. It is a trusted source of quality information, providing access to over 2,700 articles that have been edited for level and consistency by a team of renowned subject experts.

Regularly updated with new and revised articles it is the ideal entry point for further discovery and research, clearly organised and with over 25,000 cross-references linking themes, concepts and philosophers. It is also an ideal reference source for those in subjects related to philosophy, such as politics, psychology, economics, anthropology, religion and literature.[4]

Review by the Library Journal

The review of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy by the Library Journal declares:

Essentially a CD-ROM version of the print product, this disc offers a long-needed update to the reference standard The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Paul Edwards (LJ 9/15/98). Over 2000 articles, varying in length from 500 to 15,000 words, cover philosophical thought from antiquity to the present. Entries range from individuals (Kant, Simone Weil) to philosophical issues and theories (Utilitarianism, Justice, Agnosticism, Buddhist Philosophy, Free Will, Trust) and current issues (e.g., Structuralism, Postcolonialism, and Feminism). The disc offers a variety of access points: Philosophical Themes, World Philosophies, and World Religions. These broad headings are further subdivided by topic, and you can get a list of topics by time period. The inexperienced philosopher will find this a useful way to get acquainted with the themes, individuals, terminology, and history of a field, while the scholar will be able to exploit the breadth and nuances of philosophical thought in full. The search engine is highly flexible, allowing standard Boolean and proximity searching. The Bottom Line: Highly recommended; a required purchase for all public and academic libraries. We have another standard here.Ed Tallent, Research Instruction, Harvard Coll. Lib.[5]

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