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Routledge Focus on Philosophy


About the Series

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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Extended Consciousness and Predictive Processing A Third Wave View

Extended Consciousness and Predictive Processing: A Third Wave View

1st Edition

By Michael D. Kirchhoff, Julian Kiverstein
March 11, 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, ...

Plant Minds A Philosophical Defense

Plant Minds: A Philosophical Defense

1st Edition

By 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 ...

Émilie Du Châtelet and the Foundations of Physical Science

Émilie Du Châtelet and the Foundations of Physical Science

1st Edition

By 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

By Kengo Miyazono
December 11, 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 ...

Political Theory and Global Climate Action Recasting the Public Sphere

Political Theory and Global Climate Action: Recasting the Public Sphere

1st Edition

By Idil Boran
October 08, 2018

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 ...

Moral Thinking, Fast and Slow

Moral Thinking, Fast and Slow

1st Edition

By Hanno Sauer
September 04, 2018

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 ...

Knowledge Transmission

Knowledge Transmission

1st Edition

By Stephen Wright
August 16, 2018

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 ...

Consciousness and Moral Status

Consciousness and Moral Status

1st Edition

By Joshua Shepherd
May 30, 2018

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 ...

How We Understand Others Philosophy and Social Cognition

How We Understand Others: Philosophy and Social Cognition

1st Edition

By Shannon Spaulding
May 18, 2018

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 ...

The Passing of Temporal Well-Being

The Passing of Temporal Well-Being

1st Edition

By Ben Bramble
March 13, 2018

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, ...

The Logic of Commitment

The Logic of Commitment

1st Edition

By Gary Chartier
July 20, 2017

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 ...

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