November 1967

The Encyclopedia of Philosophy: 8 vol.

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Edited by Paul Edwards. Price, $300. Pp 4,176. The Free Press, division of Macmillan Co., 60 Fifth Ave, New York, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(5):636. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730290124017

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This extraordinary book of eight volumes contains nearly 1,500 articles easily accessible by means of a 157-page index. Over 500 individuals from all over the world constitute the contributors. The editors gave considerable thought and effort to inclusiveness without repetition and chose experts for each heading. A reviewer can do no more than sample the fare of an encyclopedia. The clarity of the writing and the cohesiveness of the articles became so fascinating that I had difficulty getting on with my task.

Why should a psychiatrist possess this work? The answer must be vague and broad, because philosophy is concerned with the "love of knowledge" which essentially is a concern with human existence and its meanings, including all its products and creativity. Psychiatrists are concerned with troubled lives and are interested in every aspect of the sciences and humanities that at tempts to understand and

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