Critical Concepts in Philosophy

Critical Concepts in Philosophy is a well-established series in Routledge’s Major Works publishing programme.

Designed to meet research, reference, and teaching needs across the humanities and social sciences, Routledge Major Works gather together the best and most influential work on particular concepts, subjects, and individuals. The collections assemble previously published articles from a variety of journals, excerpts or chapters from previously published books, and materials from other sources which together provide users with historical purchase on the concept, subject, or individual in question, as well as a thorough overview of current issues.

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    Virtue Ethics

    Edited by Tom Angier

    Explorations about and around the ethics of virtue dominated philosophical thinking in the ancient world, and recent moral philosophy has seen a massive revival of interest in virtue ethics as a rival to Kantian and utilitarian approaches. To help users make sense of the gargantuan—and, often,…

    Hardback – 2018-03-16 
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  • Philosophy of Emotion book cover

    Philosophy of Emotion

    Edited by Aaron Ben Ze'ev, Angelika Krebs

    Emotions punctuate almost all significant events in our lives, but their nature, causes, and consequences are among the least well understood aspects of human experience. It is easier to express emotions than to describe them and even harder to analyse and explain them. Despite their apparent…

    Hardback – 2017-07-27
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    Philosophy of Mathematics

    Edited by A. C. Paseau

    Mathematics is everywhere and yet its objects are nowhere. There may be five apples on the table but the number five itself is not to be found in, on, beside or anywhere near the apples. So if not in space and time, where are numbers and other mathematical objects such as perfect circles and…

    Hardback – 2017-02-24
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  • Perception book cover


    Edited by William Fish

    Conscious perceptual experiences are not only one of the most pervasive and familiar mental states that we enjoy in our lives as minded creatures, but they are also the most fundamental source of our knowledge of the world in which we live. An understanding of perception is therefore essential to…

    Hardback – 2016-06-02
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  • Ganeri: Indian Philosophy, 4-vol. set book cover

    Ganeri: Indian Philosophy, 4-vol. set

    Edited by Jonardon Ganeri

    The learned editor of this new four-volume collection from Routledge argues that its subject matter is ‘a vast—and vastly undersurveyed—body of inquiry into the most fundamental problems of philosophy. As the broader discipline of philosophy continues to evolve into a genuinely international field,…

    Hardback – 2016-04-25
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  • Ethics of War and Conflict book cover

    Ethics of War and Conflict

    Edited by Asa Kasher

    Standing on the shoulders of thinkers who have sought carefully to delineate proper behaviour in armed conflict—not least to distinguish just from illegitimate wars—military ethics is a subdiscipline enjoying renewed interest and, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, increasing practical…

    Hardback – 2013-11-19
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    Edited by Tanja Staehler

    Existentialism entered the public consciousness after the Second World War, especially through the work of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Indeed, these charismatic and engaged thinkers gave philosophy a level of glamour it had not before enjoyed, while existentialism’s…

    Hardback – 2012-12-14
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    The Philosophy of Psychology

    Edited by Jose Luis Bermudez, Brandon N. Towl

    The study of human behaviour, and the minds that produce that behaviour, has been an occupation of scholars, artists, and philosophers for millennia. But it was not until the turn of the twentieth century that psychology came into its own as a distinct field of study—and, more importantly, as a…

    Hardback – 2012-11-30
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    Edited by Ram Neta

    For those working in Epistemology dizzying questions such as the following arise: • When are beliefs rational, or justified? • How should we update our beliefs in the light of new evidence? • Is it possible to gain knowledge, or justification? • How do we know what we know, and why do we care…

    Hardback – 2012-10-16
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  • The Philosophy of Race book cover

    The Philosophy of Race

    Edited by Paul Taylor

    Since at least the early 1990s, philosophical race theory has emerged as a dynamic and fertile area of serious scholarly inquiry, and this new four-volume Major Work from Routledge meets the need for a comprehensive collection to facilitate ready access to the most influential and important…

    Hardback – 2011-12-14
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    Philosophy and Gender

    Edited by Cressida J. Heyes

    How are ‘philosophy’ and ‘gender’ implicated? Throughout history, philosophers—mostly men, though with more women among their number than is sometimes supposed—have often sought to specify and justify the proper roles of women and men, and to explore the political consequences of sexual difference.…

    Hardback – 2011-11-30
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  • Philosophy of Mind book cover

    Philosophy of Mind

    Edited by Sean Crawford

    Philosophy of Mind is concerned with fundamental issues about the relation between mind and body and mind and world, and with the nature of the diverse variety of mental phenomena, such as thought, self-knowledge, consciousness, perception, sensation, and emotion. Philosophers of mind explore some…

    Hardback – 2010-09-23
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    Philosophy of Religion

    Edited by William J. Wainwright

    The past forty years or so have witnessed a renaissance in the philosophy of religion. New tools (modal logic, probability theory, and so on) and new historical research have prompted many thinkers to take a fresh look at old topics (God’s existence, the problem of evil, faith and reason, and the…

    Hardback – 2009-08-05
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    Philosophy of Language

    Edited by A. P. Martinich

    What do ‘meaning’ and ‘truth’ mean? And how are they situated in the concrete practices of linguistic communication? What is the relationship between words and the world? How—with words—can people do such varied things as marry, inaugurate a president, and declare a country’s independence? How is…

    Hardback – 2008-11-14
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  • The Philosophy of Time book cover

    The Philosophy of Time

    Edited by L Nathan Oaklander

    What is the nature of temporal passage—the movement of events or moments of time from the future through the present into the past? Is the future and the past as real as the present, or is the present—or perhaps the present and the past—all that exists? What role, if any, does language play in…

    Hardback – 2008-06-26
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    Edited by Russ Shafer-Landau

    Metaethics is the branch of knowledge that considers the foundational issues of morality, and deals especially with the nature of ethical statements. Philosophers doing metaethics ask vital and fundamental questions such as these: • is morality merely conventional, or are there objective standards…

    Hardback – 2008-03-19
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    Edited by Michael Rea

    Metaphysics, at least roughly speaking, is the systematic investigation of fundamental presuppositions underlying commonsense and scientific views of the world. Most of us believe that we have bodies and minds, that we are free, that some things in the world are composed of other things and that…

    Hardback – 2008-02-01
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    German Idealism

    Edited by Klaus Brinkmann

    German Idealism represents one of the most intense and ambitious periods in the history of philosophy. It was the time when the possibility of an alternative to both empiricism and rationalism was explored, and the era when comprehensive system building took place. Discussing this highly visible…

    Hardback – 2007-07-05
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    Philosophy of Law

    Edited by Brian Bix

    Edited by a leading scholar in the field, Philosophy of Law is a new title in the Routledge Major Works series Critical Concepts in Philosophy. It is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research and covers a significant range of topics in the field. The first two volumes of the…

    Hardback – 2006-06-29
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  • Free Will book cover

    Free Will

    Edited by John Martin Fischer

    Over the last three decades there has been a tremendous amount of philosophical work in the Anglo-American tradition on the cluster of topics pertaining to Free Will.Contemporary work has in some instances been in the form of lively debates between proponents of different viewpoints, and literature…

    Hardback – 2005-07-29
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    Edited by James Young

    Aesthetics is one of the most vital and wide-ranging fields of philosophical inquiry. This four volume set brings together both classic and contemporary writings to provide a comprehensive collection of the most important essays on the subject. All of the various artistic genres are addressed,…

    Hardback – 2005-07-06
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    Edited by Russell B. Goodman

    Presenting key texts in and about pragmatism, this collection of essays explores pragmatism's origins, applications, and weaknesses, as well as its remarkable versatility as an approach not only to issues of truth and knowledge, but to ethics and social philosophy, literature, law, aesthetics,…

    Hardback – 2005-04-25
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  • Phenomenology: Critical Concepts in Philosophy book cover


    Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Edited by Lester Embree, Dermot Moran

    Phenomenology as a tradition owes its name to Edmund Husserl, in his Logical Investigations (1900-1). It began as a bold new way of doing philosophy, an attempt to bring it back from abstract metaphysical speculation and empty logical calculation in order to come into contact with concrete living…

    Hardback – 2004-09-30
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  • Applied Ethics: Critical Concepts in Philosophy book cover

    Applied Ethics

    Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Edited by Ruth Chadwick, Doris Schroeder

    Applied ethics has become established as a distinct area of study, but its methodology and practicality are still matters of controversy. This collection examines how the field has developed over the last fifty years, by bringing together those articles that have been seminal in the development of…

    Hardback – 2001-12-06
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  • Postmodernism: Critical Concepts book cover

    Postmodernism: Critical Concepts

    Edited by Victor E. Taylor, Charles E. Winquist

    Postmodernism has emerged as a significant cultural, political and intellectual concept which has fundamentally altered our understanding of architecture, selfhood, knowledge formation, ethics, history, economics and politics. Until now, the primary and most historically significant accounts of…

    Hardback – 1998-06-04
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