Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

An innovative, well structured series, the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy are designed for students who already have completed an introductory-level course in philosophy. Each book introduces a core general subject in contemporary philosophy and offers students an accessible but substantial transition from introductory to higher-level college work in that subject. The series is accessible to non-specialists and each book clearly motivates and expounds the problems and positions introduced. An orientating chapter briefly introduces its topic and reminds readers of any crucial material they need to have retained from a typical introductory course. Considerable attention is given to explaining central philosophical problems of a subject and the main competing solutions and arguments for those solutions. The primary aim is to educate students in the main problems, positions and arguments of contemporary philosophy rather than to convince students of a single position.

  • Philosophy of Religion

    A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By Keith E. Yandell

    Keith Yandell's Philosophy of Religion: a Contemporary Introduction was one of the first textbooks to explore the philosophy of religion with reference to religions other than Christianity.  A decade later, this fully revised and updated edition deals lucidly with representative…

    Paperback – 2016-01-15 
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  • Metaethics

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Mark van Roojen

    Metaethics: A Contemporary Introduction provides a solid foundation in metaethics for advanced undergraduates by introducing a series of puzzles that most metaethical theories address. These puzzles involve moral disagreement, reference, moral epistemology, metaphysics, and moral psychology. From…

    Paperback – 2015-06-11
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  • Moral Psychology

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Valerie Tiberius

    This is the first philosophy textbook in moral psychology, introducing students to a range of philosophical topics and debates such as: What is moral motivation? Do reasons for action always depend on desires? Is emotion or reason at the heart of moral judgment? Under what conditions are people…

    Paperback – 2014-06-26
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  • Philosophy of Social Science

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Mark Risjord

    The Philosophy of Social Science: A Contemporary Introduction examines the perennial questions of philosophy by engaging with the empirical study of society. The book offers a comprehensive overview of debates in the field, with special attention to questions arising from new research programs in…

    Paperback – 2014-05-27
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  • Philosophy of Economics

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Julian Reiss

    Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction is the first systematic textbook in the philosophy of economics. It introduces the epistemological, metaphysical and ethical problems that arise in economics, and presents detailed discussions of the solutions that have been offered. Throughout,…

    Paperback – 2013-03-26
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  • Philosophy of Mind

    A Contemporary Introduction, 3rd Edition

    By John Heil

    When first published, John Heil's introduction quickly became a widely used guide for students with little or no background in philosophy to central issues of philosophy of mind. Heil provided an introduction free of formalisms, technical trappings, and specialized terminology. He offered clear…

    Paperback – 2012-12-08
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  • Ancient Philosophy

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Christopher Shields

    In this re-titled and substantially revised update of his Classical Philosophy (2003), Christopher Shields expands his coverage to include the Hellenistic era, and now offers an introduction to more than 1,000 years of ancient philosophy.  From Thales and other Pre-Socratics through Socrates,…

    Paperback – 2011-11-23
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  • Philosophy of Science

    A Contemporary Introduction, 3rd Edition

    By Alex Rosenberg

    Any serious student attempting to better understand the nature, methods and justification of science will value Alex Rosenberg’s updated and substantially revised Third Edition of Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction. Weaving together lucid explanations and clear analyses, the volume…

    Paperback – 2011-07-12
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  • Ethics

    A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By Harry J. Gensler

    Harry Gensler’s Ethics introduces undergraduates to the main issues in contemporary moral philosophy. It also relates these issues to practical controversies, with special attention paid to racism, moral education, and abortion. It gives a practical method for thinking about moral issues, a method…

    Paperback – 2011-01-10
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  • Epistemology

    A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge, 3rd Edition

    By Robert Audi

    Epistemology, or “the theory of knowledge,” is concerned with how we know what we know, what justifies us in believing what we believe, and what standards of evidence we should use in seeking truths about the world and human experience.  This comprehensive introduction to the field of…

    Paperback – 2010-08-23
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  • Philosophy of Perception

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By William Fish

    The philosophy of perception investigates the nature of our sensory experiences and their relation to reality. Raising questions about the conscious character of perceptual experiences, how they enable us to acquire knowledge of the world in which we live, and what exactly it is we are aware of…

    Paperback – 2010-03-17
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  • Philosophy of Language

    A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By William G. Lycan

    Philosophy of Language: A Contemporary Introduction introduces the student to the main issues and theories in twentieth century philosophy of language, focusing specifically on linguistic phenomena. Topics are structured in four parts in the book. Part I, Reference and Referring…

    Paperback – 2008-04-08
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  • Philosophy of Mathematics

    A Contemporary Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures, 2nd Edition

    By James Robert Brown

    In his long-awaited new edition of Philosophy of Mathematics, James Robert Brown tackles important new as well as enduring questions in the mathematical sciences. Can pictures go beyond being merely suggestive and actually prove anything? Are mathematical results certain? Are experiments of any…

    Paperback – 2008-01-15
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  • Philosophy of Biology

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Alex Rosenberg, Daniel W. McShea

    Is life a purely physical process? What is human nature? Which of our traits is essential to us? In this volume, Daniel McShea and Alex Rosenberg – a biologist and a philosopher, respectively – join forces to create a new gateway to the philosophy of biology; making the major issues accessible and…

    Paperback – 2007-12-22
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  • Classical Modern Philosophy

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Jeffrey Tlumak

    Classical Modern Philosophy introduces students to the key philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and explores their most important works. Jeffrey Tlumak takes the reader on a chronological journey from Descartes to Kant, tracing the themes that run through the period and…

    Paperback – 2006-11-17
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  • Metaphysics

    A Contemporary Introduction, 3rd Edition

    By Michael Loux

    Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction is aimed at students of metaphysics who have already completed an introductory philosophy course. This third edition of the successful textbook provides a fresh look at key topics in metaphysics and includes two new chapters on …

    Paperback – 2006-05-23
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  • Continental Philosophy

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Andrew Cutrofello

    Continental Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction is ideal for students coming to the topic for the first time. It introduces the origins and development of the tradition, tracing it from Kant to the present day. Taking a clear thematic approach, Andrew Cutrofello introduces and assesses…

    Paperback – 2005-08-16
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  • Philosophy of Psychology

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Jose Luis Bermudez

    José Luis Bermúdez introduces the philosophy of psychology as an interdisciplinary exploration of the nature and mechanisms of cognition. Philosophy of Psychology charts out four influential 'pictures of the mind' and uses them to explore central topics in the philosophical foundations of…

    Paperback – 2005-04-28
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  • Social and Political Philosophy

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By John Christman

    This accessible and user-friendly text will prove invaluable to any student coming to social and political philosophy for the first time. It provides a broad survey of fundamental social and political questions in modern society, as well as clear, accessible discussions of the philosophical issues…

    Paperback – 2002-05-09
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  • Metaphysics

    A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By Michael Loux

    This Contemporary Introduction is for at students of metaphysics who have already done an introductory philosophy course. Michael J. Loux provides a fesh look as the central topics in metaphysics,rendering this essential reading for any student of the subject. This fully revised and updated version…

    Hardback – 2001-11-15
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  • Philosophy of Science

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Alex Rosenberg

    This user-friendly text covers key issues in the philosophy of science in an accessible and philosophically serious way. It will prove valuable to students studying philosophy of science as well as science students.Prize-winning author Alex Rosenberg explores the philosophical problems that science…

    Paperback – 2000-08-24
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  • Philosophy of Art

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Noël Carroll

    Philosophy of Art is a textbook for undergraduate students interested in the topic of philosophical aesthetics.It introduces the techniques of analytic philosophy as well as key topics such as the representational theory of art, formalism, neo-formalism, aesthetic theories of art,…

    Paperback – 1999-08-26
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  • Philosophy of Religion

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Keith E. Yandell

    Philosophy of Religion provides an account of the central issues and viewpoints in the philosophy of religion but also shows how such issues can be rationally assessed and in what ways competing views can be rationally assessed. It includes major philosophical figures in religious traditions as…

    Paperback – 1998-11-26
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  • Ethics

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Harry J. Gensler

    Ethics introduces the issues and controversies of contemporary moral philosophy to undergraduate students who have already done an introductory course in philosophy. It will help students to think more clearly about how to form their moral beliefs in the wisest and most rational way. The basic…

    Hardback – 1998-08-13
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  • Epistemology

    A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

    By Robert Audi

    First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 1997-11-27
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