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Background Reading in Philosophy

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  • Blackwell Philosopher Dictionaries (Hegel, Hobbes, Kant, Rousseau, Wittgenstein)
  • Very Short Introductions from Oxford University Press (Ancient Philosophy, Consciousness, Continental Philosophy, Existentialism, Ideology, Kant, Locke, Philosophy of Science, Plato)
  • Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements  (Aesthetics,  Ancient Greek Philosophy, Existentialism, Medieval Philosophy and Theology)
  • Wadsworth Philosophers Series (Aristotle, Descartes, Heidegger, Quine, Rorty, Searle)