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The Routledge Philosophy What is this thing called? series of concise textbooks have been designed for use by students coming to a core area of the discipline for the first time. Each volume explores the relevant central questions with clear explanation of complex ideas and engaging contemporary examples. Features to aid study include text boxes, chapter summaries, study questions, further reading and glossaries.

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What is this thing called Metaethics?

What is this thing called Metaethics?

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

By Matthew Chrisman
June 20, 2023

What makes something morally right? Where do our ethical standards come from? Are they relative to cultures or timeless and universal? Are there any objective moral facts? What is goodness? If there are moral facts, how do we learn about them? What do we mean when we say someone ought to do ...

What is this thing called Knowledge?

What is this thing called Knowledge?

5th Edition

Forthcoming

By Duncan Pritchard
May 16, 2023

What is knowledge? Where does it come from? What kinds of knowledge are there? Can we know anything at all? What is the practical relevance of learning about epistemology? This lucid and engaging introduction grapples with these central questions in the theory of knowledge, offering a clear, ...

What is this thing called Global Justice?

What is this thing called Global Justice?

2nd Edition

By Kok-Chor Tan
September 02, 2021

What is this thing called Global Justice? is a clear and engaging introduction to this widely studied and important topic. It explores the fundamental concepts, issues and arguments at the heart of global justice, including: world poverty economic inequality nationalism human rights humanitarian...

What is this thing called The Meaning of Life?

What is this thing called The Meaning of Life?

1st Edition

By Stewart Goetz, Joshua W. Seachris
April 15, 2020

What are we asking when we ask, "What is the meaning of life?"? Can there be meaning without God? Is a happy life a meaningful life? Can an immoral life be meaningful? Does our suffering have meaning? Does death threaten meaning? What is this thing called The Meaning of Life? provides an engaging ...

What is this thing called Knowledge?

What is this thing called Knowledge?

4th Edition

By Duncan Pritchard
April 04, 2018

What is knowledge? Where does it come from? What kinds of knowledge are there? Can we know anything at all? What is the practical relevance of learning about epistemology? This lucid and engaging introduction grapples with these central questions in the theory of knowledge, offering a clear, ...

What is this thing called Philosophy of Language?

What is this thing called Philosophy of Language?

2nd Edition

By Gary Kemp
December 19, 2017

Philosophy of language explores some of the most abstract yet most fundamental questions in philosophy. The ideas of some of the subject's great founding figures, such as Gottlob Frege, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, as well as of more recent figures such as Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam...

What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion?

What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion?

1st Edition

By Elizabeth Burns
October 02, 2017

What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion? grapples with the core topics studied on philosophy of religion undergraduate courses including: the meaning of religious language, including 20th century developments the nature of the Divine, including divine power, wisdom and action  ...

What is this thing called Metaphysics?

What is this thing called Metaphysics?

3rd Edition

By Brian Garrett
February 02, 2017

How did our universe come to be? Does God exist? Does time flow? What are we? Do we have free will? What is truth? Metaphysics is concerned with the nature of ourselves and the world around us. This clear and accessible introduction covers the central topics in metaphysics in a concise but ...

What is this thing called Global Justice?

What is this thing called Global Justice?

1st Edition

By Kok-Chor Tan
January 20, 2017

What is this thing called Global Justice? explores the core topics covered on the increasingly popular undergraduate modules on global justice including: world poverty economic inequality nationalism human rights humanitarian intervention immigration global democracy and governance ...

What is this thing called Metaethics?

What is this thing called Metaethics?

1st Edition

By Matthew Chrisman
October 13, 2016

Are moral standards relative to cultures? Are there any moral facts? What is goodness? If there are moral facts how do we learn about them? These are all questions in metaethics, the branch of ethics that investigates the status of morality, the nature of ethical facts, and the meaning of ethical ...

What is this thing called Philosophy?

What is this thing called Philosophy?

1st Edition

Edited By Duncan Pritchard
December 09, 2015

What is this thing called Philosophy? is the definitive textbook for all who want a thorough introduction to the field. It introduces philosophy using a question-led approach that reflects the discursive nature of the discipline. Edited by Duncan Pritchard, each section is written by a high-profile...

What is this thing called Ethics?

What is this thing called Ethics?

2nd Edition

By Christopher Bennett
February 06, 2015

What is morality? How do we define what is right and wrong? How does moral theory help us deal with ethical issues in the world around us? This second edition provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to philosophical thinking about morality. Christopher Bennett provides the reader with ...

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