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Routledge Focus on Philosophy


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Routledge Focus on Philosophy is an exciting and innovative new series, capturing and disseminating some of the best and most exciting new research in philosophy in short book form. Peer reviewed and at a maximum of fifty thousand words shorter than the typical research monograph, Routledge Focus on Philosophy titles are available in both ebook and print on demand format. Tackling big topics in a digestible format the series opens up important philosophical research for a wider audience, and as such is invaluable reading for the scholar, researcher and student seeking to keep their finger on the pulse of the discipline. The series also reflects the growing interdisciplinarity within philosophy and will be of interest to those in related disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.

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The Philosophy and Psychology of Commitment

The Philosophy and Psychology of Commitment

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By John Michael
November 15, 2021

The phenomenon of commitment is a cornerstone of human social life. Commitments make individuals’ behavior predictable, thereby facilitating the planning and coordination of joint actions involving multiple agents. Moreover, commitments make people willing to rely upon each other, and thereby ...

Newton's Third Rule and the Experimental Argument for Universal Gravity

Newton's Third Rule and the Experimental Argument for Universal Gravity

1st Edition

By Mary Domski
July 20, 2021

This book provides a reading of Newton’s argument for universal gravity that is focused on the evidence-based, "experimental" reasoning that Newton associates with his program of experimental philosophy. It highlights the richness and complexity of the Principia and also draws important lessons ...

Honouring and Admiring the Immoral An Ethical Guide

Honouring and Admiring the Immoral: An Ethical Guide

1st Edition

By Alfred Archer, Benjamin Matheson
June 08, 2021

Is it appropriate to honour and admire people who have created great works of art, made important intellectual contributions, performed great sporting feats, or shaped the history of a nation if those people have also acted immorally? This book provides a philosophical investigation of this ...

The Right to Know Epistemic Rights and Why We Need Them

The Right to Know: Epistemic Rights and Why We Need Them

1st Edition

By Lani Watson
May 27, 2021

We speak of the right to know with relative ease. You have the right to know the results of a medical test or to be informed about the collection and use of personal data. But what exactly is the right to know, and who should we trust to safeguard it? This book provides the first comprehensive ...

A Defence of Nihilism

A Defence of Nihilism

1st Edition

By James Tartaglia, Tracy Llanera
December 22, 2020

This book offers a philosophical defence of nihilism. The authors argue that the concept of nihilism has been employed pejoratively by almost all philosophers and religious leaders to indicate a widespread cultural crisis of truth, meaning, or morals. Many religious believers think atheism leads to...

The Epistemology and Morality of Human Kinds

The Epistemology and Morality of Human Kinds

1st Edition

By Marion Godman
November 25, 2020

Natural kinds is a widely used and pivotal concept in philosophy – the idea being that the classifications and taxonomies employed by science correspond to the real kinds in nature. Natural kinds are often opposed to the idea of kinds in the human and social sciences, which are typically seen as ...

Neurofunctional Prudence and Morality A Philosophical Theory

Neurofunctional Prudence and Morality: A Philosophical Theory

1st Edition

By Marcus Arvan
February 13, 2020

Philosophers across many traditions have long theorized about the relationship between prudence and morality. Few clear answers have emerged, however, in large part because of the inherently speculative nature of traditional philosophical methods. This book aims to forge a bold new path forward, ...

Confucianism and the Philosophy of Well-Being

Confucianism and the Philosophy of Well-Being

1st Edition

By Richard Kim
February 03, 2020

Well-being is topic of perennial concern. It has been of significant interest to scholars across disciplines, culture, and time. But like morality, conceptions of well-being are deeply shaped and influenced by one’s particular social and cultural context. We ought to pursue, therefore, a ...

Totalitarianism and Philosophy

Totalitarianism and Philosophy

1st Edition

By Alan Haworth
December 05, 2019

When Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin first came to power in the 1930s, their regimes were considered by many to represent a new and perplexing phenomenon. They were labelled ‘totalitarian’. But is ‘totalitarianism’ genuinely new, or is the word just another name for something old and familiar, namely ...

The Repugnant Conclusion A Philosophical Inquiry

The Repugnant Conclusion: A Philosophical Inquiry

1st Edition

By Christopher Cowie
December 02, 2019

The Repugnant Conclusion is a controversial theorem about population size. It states that a sufficiently large population of lives that are barely worth living is better than a smaller population of high quality lives. This is highly counter-intuitive. It implies that we can improve the world by ...

The Ethics of Whistleblowing

The Ethics of Whistleblowing

1st Edition

By Eric R. Boot
May 22, 2019

Following the enormous political, legal, and media interest that has surrounded high profile cases of whistleblowing, such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, the fundamental ethical questions surrounding whistleblowing have often been obscured. In this fascinating book Eric Boot examines the ...

What We Ought and What We Can

What We Ought and What We Can

1st Edition

By Alex King
April 29, 2019

Are we able to do everything we ought to do? According to the important but controversial Ought Implies Can principle, the answer is yes. In this book Alex King sheds some much-needed light on this principle. She argues that it is flawed because we are obligated to perform some actions that we ...

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