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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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A Defence of Nihilism

A Defence of Nihilism

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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

Forthcoming

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

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

Richard Kim
February 04, 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 ...

The Repugnant Conclusion A Philosophical Inquiry

The Repugnant Conclusion: A Philosophical Inquiry

1st Edition

Christopher Cowie
December 03, 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 ...

Totalitarianism and Philosophy

Totalitarianism and Philosophy

1st Edition

Alan Haworth
December 03, 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 Ethics of Whistleblowing

The Ethics of Whistleblowing

1st Edition

Eric R. Boot
May 14, 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

Alex King
April 16, 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 ...

Plant Minds A Philosophical Defense

Plant Minds: A Philosophical Defense

1st Edition

Chauncey Maher
March 05, 2019

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 ...

Extended Consciousness and Predictive Processing A Third Wave View

Extended Consciousness and Predictive Processing: A Third Wave View

1st Edition

Michael D. Kirchhoff, Julian Kiverstein
February 26, 2019

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, ...

Émilie Du Châtelet and the Foundations of Physical Science

Émilie Du Châtelet and the Foundations of Physical Science

1st Edition

Katherine Brading
December 13, 2018

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...

Delusions and Beliefs A Philosophical Inquiry

Delusions and Beliefs: A Philosophical Inquiry

1st Edition

Kengo Miyazono
December 04, 2018

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 ...

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