Routledge Focus on Philosophy

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.

  • Émilie Du Châtelet and the Foundations of Physical Science book cover

    Émilie Du Châtelet and the Foundations of Physical Science

    By Katherine Brading

    The centerpiece of Émilie Du Châtelet’s philosophy of science is her Foundations of Physics, first published in 1740. The Foundations contains epistemology, metaphysics, methodology, mechanics, and physics, including such pressing issues of the time as whether there are atoms, the appropriate roles…

    Hardback – 2018-12-31 
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  • Delusions and Beliefs: A Philosophical Inquiry book cover

    Delusions and Beliefs

    A Philosophical Inquiry

    By Kengo Miyazono

    What sort of mental state is a delusion? What causes delusions? Why are delusions pathological? This book examines these questions, which are normally considered separately, in a much-needed exploration of an important and fascinating topic, Kengo Miyazono assesses the philosophical, psychological…

    Hardback – 2018-12-10 
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  • Extended Consciousness and Predictive Processing: A Third Wave View book cover

    Extended Consciousness and Predictive Processing

    A Third Wave View

    By Michael D Kirchhoff, Julian Kiverstein

    In this jointly authored book, Kirchhoff and Kiverstein defend the controversial thesis that phenomenal consciousness is realised by more than just the brain. They argue that the mechanisms and processes that realise phenomenal consciousness can at times extend across brain, body and the social,…

    Hardback – 2018-10-01 
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  • Moral Thinking, Fast and Slow book cover

    Moral Thinking, Fast and Slow

    By Hanno Sauer

    In recent research, dual-process theories of cognition have been the primary model for explaining moral judgment and reasoning. These theories understand moral thinking in terms of two separate domains: one deliberate and analytic, the other quick and instinctive. This book presents a new theory…

    Hardback – 2018-09-11
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  • Knowledge Transmission book cover

    Knowledge Transmission

    By Stephen Wright

    Our knowledge of the world comes from various sources. But it is sometimes said that testimony, unlike other sources, transmits knowledge from one person to another. In this book, Stephen Wright investigates what the transmission of knowledge involves and the role that it should play in our…

    Hardback – 2018-08-14
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  • Political Theory and Global Climate Action: Recasting the Public Sphere book cover

    Political Theory and Global Climate Action

    Recasting the Public Sphere

    By Idil Boran

    From around the world, cities and regions, civil society networks and businesses, nongovernmental organizations and institutions for research and learning, and many others, are taking action on climate change. The role of these nonstate and substate actors is increasingly being recognized in the…

    Hardback – 2018-07-15
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  • Consciousness and Moral Status book cover

    Consciousness and Moral Status

    By Joshua Shepherd

    It seems obvious that phenomenally conscious experience is something of great value, and that this value maps onto a range of important ethical issues. For example, claims about the value of life for those in Permanent Vegetative State (PVS); debates about treatment and study of disorders of…

    Hardback – 2018-05-29
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  • How We Understand Others: Philosophy and Social Cognition book cover

    How We Understand Others

    Philosophy and Social Cognition

    By Shannon Spaulding

    In our everyday social interactions, we try to make sense of what people are thinking, why they act as they do, and what they are likely to do next. This process is called mindreading. Mindreading, Shannon Spaulding argues in this book, is central to our ability to understand and interact with…

    Hardback – 2018-05-18
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  • The Passing of Temporal Well-Being book cover

    The Passing of Temporal Well-Being

    By Ben Bramble

    The philosophical study of well-being concerns what makes lives good for their subjects. It is now standard among philosophers to distinguish between two kinds of well-being: · lifetime well-being, i.e., how good a person’s life was for him or her considered as a whole, and · temporal well-being,…

    Hardback – 2018-03-06
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  • The Logic of Commitment book cover

    The Logic of Commitment

    By Gary Chartier

    This book develops and defends a conception of commitment and explores its limits. Gary Chartier shows how commitment serves to resolve conflicts between ordinary moral intuitions and the reality that the basic aspects of human well-being are incommensurable. He outlines a variety of overlapping…

    Hardback – 2017-07-20
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  • Plant Minds: A Philosophical Defense book cover

    Plant Minds

    A Philosophical Defense

    By Chauncey Maher

    The idea that plants have minds can sound improbable, but some widely respected contemporary scientists and philosophers find it plausible. It turns out to be rather tricky to vindicate the presumption that plants do not have minds, for doing so requires getting clear about what plants can do and…

    Hardback – 2017-06-15
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