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Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy


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An innovative, well structured series, the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy are designed for students who already have completed an introductory-level course in philosophy.  Each book introduces a core general subject in contemporary philosophy and offers students an accessible but substantial transition from introductory to higher-level college work in that subject.  The series is accessible to non-specialists and each book clearly motivates and expounds the problems and positions introduced.  An orientating chapter briefly introduces its topic and reminds readers of any crucial material they need to have retained from a typical introductory course.  Considerable attention is given to explaining central philosophical problems of a subject and the main competing solutions and arguments for those solutions.  The primary aim is to educate students in the main problems, positions and arguments of contemporary philosophy rather than to convince students of a single position.

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Philosophy of Action A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophy of Action A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sarah Paul
December 30, 2020

This book offers an accessible and inclusive overview of the major debates in the philosophy of action. It covers the distinct approaches taken by Donald Davidson, G.E.M. Anscombe, and numerous others to answering questions like "what are intentional actions?" and "how do reasons explain actions?"....

Philosophical Logic A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophical Logic A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

John MacFarlane
November 30, 2020

Introductory logic is generally taught as a straightforward technical discipline. In this book, John MacFarlane helps the reader think about the limitations of, presuppositions of, and alternatives to classical first-order predicate logic, making this an ideal introduction to philosophical logic ...

Phenomenology A Contemporary Introduction

Phenomenology A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

Walter Hopp
June 10, 2020

The central task of phenomenology is to investigate the nature of consciousness and its relations to objects of various types. The present book introduces students and other readers to several foundational topics of phenomenological inquiry, and illustrates phenomenology’s contemporary relevance. ...

Philosophy of Western Music A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophy of Western Music A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

Andrew Kania
April 27, 2020

This is the first comprehensive book-length introduction to the philosophy of Western music that fully integrates consideration of popular music and hybrid musical forms, especially song. Its author, Andrew Kania, begins by asking whether Bob Dylan should even have been eligible for the Nobel Prize...

Philosophy of Science A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophy of Science A Contemporary Introduction

4th Edition

Alex Rosenberg, Lee McIntyre
November 22, 2019

Any serious student attempting to better understand the nature, methods, and justification of science will value Alex Rosenberg and Lee McIntyre’s updated and substantially revised fourth edition of Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction. Weaving lucid explanations with clear analyses, ...

Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction

4th Edition

John Heil
September 06, 2019

The book is intended as a reader-friendly introduction to issues in the philosophy of mind, including mental–physical causal interaction, computational models of thought, the relation minds bear to brains, and assorted -isms: behaviorism, dualism, eliminativism, emergentism, functionalism, ...

Philosophy of Language A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophy of Language A Contemporary Introduction

3rd Edition

William G Lycan
September 10, 2018

Now in its third edition, Philosophy of Language: A Contemporary Introduction introduces students to the main issues and theories in twenty-first-century philosophy of language, focusing specifically on linguistic phenomena. Author William G. Lycan structures the book into four general parts. Part ...

Virtue Ethics A Contemporary Introduction

Virtue Ethics A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

Liezl van Zyl
July 05, 2018

This volume provides a clear and accessible overview of central concepts, positions, and arguments in virtue ethics today. While it focuses primarily on Aristotelian virtue ethics, it also includes discussion of alternative forms of virtue ethics (sentimentalism and pluralism) and competing ...

Ethics A Contemporary Introduction

Ethics A Contemporary Introduction

3rd Edition

Harry J Gensler
December 11, 2017

Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction introduces the issues and controversies of contemporary moral philosophy. It gets students to struggle with the big questions of morality while it also relates these questions to practical issues, especially racism, global warming, moral education, and abortion. ...

Social and Political Philosophy A Contemporary Introduction

Social and Political Philosophy A Contemporary Introduction

2nd Edition

John Christman
October 03, 2017

This accessible book is invaluable to anyone coming to social and political philosophy for the first time. It provides a broad survey of key social and political questions in modern society, as well as clear discussions of the philosophical issues central to those questions and to political thought...

Metaphysics A Contemporary Introduction

Metaphysics A Contemporary Introduction

4th Edition

Michael J. Loux, Thomas M. Crisp
January 25, 2017

Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction is for students who have already completed an introductory philosophy course and need a fresh look at the central topics in the core subject of metaphysics. It is essential reading for any student of the subject. This Fourth Edition is revised and updated ...

Free Will A Contemporary Introduction

Free Will A Contemporary Introduction

1st Edition

Michael McKenna, Derk Pereboom
July 08, 2016

As an advanced introduction to the challenging topic of free will, this book is designed for upper-level undergraduates interested in a comprehensive first-stop into the field’s issues and debates. It is written by two of the leading participants in those debates—a compatibilist on the issue of ...

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