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Featured Series: New Problems of Philosophy


In 2009, Routledge Philosophy launched a rousing new series, New Problems of Philosophy, edited by José Luis Bermúdez, Texas A&M University, USA. New Problems of Philosophy provides accessible and engaging surveys of the most important problems in contemporary philosophy. Each book examines a topic or theme that has either emerged on the philosophical landscape in recent years, or a longstanding problem refreshed in light of recent work in philosophy and related disciplines.

Here's what people have been saying about the series:

"Routledge's New Problems of Philosophy series has a most impressive line-up of topical volumes aimed at upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in philosophy and at others with interests in cutting edge philosophical work. The authors are influential figures in their respective fields and notably adept at synthesizing and explaining intricate topics fairly and comprehensively."John Heil, Monash University (Australia) and Washington University, St Louis, USA

"This is an outstanding collection of volumes.  The topics are well chosen and the authors are outstanding.  They will be fine texts in a wide range of courses." Stephen Stich, Rutgers University, USA

"[Fiction and Fictionalism is]. . .an impressive book. In a clear, concise and engaging style, Sainsbury manages to explain fairly difficult issues in an accessible way." – Matti Eklund, Cornell University, USA

Read a sample chapter of Fiction and Fictionalism by R. M. Sainsbury.

"[Analyticity] is a great book, and certainly the best introduction to the history of analytic/synthetic distinction out there." – Gillian Russell, Washington University, St Louis, USA

Read a sample chapter of Analyticity by Cory Juhl and Eric Loomis.

Physicalism by Daniel Stoljar is:

"An elegant and insightful introduction to one of the most puzzling dogmas of contemporary metaphysics – much needed and highly recommended." Huw Price, University of Sydney, Australia

Noncognitivism in Ethics by Mark Schroeder has been called:

"...the best introduction to noncognitivism and to the complex philosophical issues it generates that I have seen… written with teaching in mind."Mark van Roojen, University of Nebraska, USA

Wherever your interests lie, the New Problems of Philosophy series has a book for you; take a look and see for yourself!

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  1. Analyticity

    By Cory Juhl, Eric Loomis

    Series: New Problems of Philosophy

    Analyticity, or the 'analytic/synthetic' distinction is one of the most important and controversial problems in contemporary philosophy. It is also essential to understanding many developments in logic, philosophy of language, epistemology and metaphysics. In this outstanding introduction to...

    Published August 7th 2009 by Routledge

  2. Fiction and Fictionalism

    By R. M. Sainsbury

    Series: New Problems of Philosophy

    Are fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes real? What can fiction tell us about the nature of truth and reality? In this excellent introduction to the problem of fictionalism R. M. Sainsbury covers the following key topics: what is fiction? realism about fictional objects, including the...

    Published August 13th 2009 by Routledge

  3. Physicalism

    By Daniel Stoljar

    Series: New Problems of Philosophy

    Physicalism, the thesis that everything is physical, is one of the most controversial problems in philosophy. Its adherents argue that there is no more important doctrine in philosophy, whilst its opponents claim that its role is greatly exaggerated. In this superb introduction to the problem...

    Published February 10th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Noncognitivism in Ethics

    By Mark Schroeder

    Series: New Problems of Philosophy

    According to noncognitivists, when we say that stealing is wrong, what we are doing is more like venting our feelings about stealing or encouraging one another not to steal, than like stating facts about morality. These ideas challenge the core not only of much thinking about morality and...

    Published March 9th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Moral Epistemology

    By Aaron Zimmerman

    Series: New Problems of Philosophy

    How do we know right from wrong? Do we even have moral knowledge? Moral epistemology studies these and related questions about our understanding of virtue and vice. It is one of philosophy’s perennial problems, reaching back to Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, Hume and Kant, and has recently been...

    Published May 19th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Embodied Cognition

    By Lawrence Shapiro

    Series: New Problems of Philosophy

    Embodied cognition often challenges standard cognitive science. In this outstanding introduction, Lawrence Shapiro sets out the central themes and debates surrounding embodied cognition, explaining and assessing the work of many of the key figures in the field, including George Lakoff, Alva Noë,...

    Published August 9th 2010 by Routledge

  7. Self-Knowledge

    By Brie Gertler

    Series: New Problems of Philosophy

    How do you know your own thoughts and feelings? Do we have ‘privileged access’ to our own minds? Does introspection provide a grasp of a thinking self or ‘I’? The problem of self-knowledge is one of the most fascinating in all of philosophy and has crucial significance for the philosophy of mind...

    Published November 24th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Semantic Externalism

    By Jesper Kallestrup

    Series: New Problems of Philosophy

    Semantic externalism is the view that the meanings of referring terms, and the contents of beliefs that are expressed by those terms, are not fully determined by factors internal to the speaker but are instead bound up with the environment. The debate about semantic externalism is one of the most...

    Published September 2nd 2011 by Routledge

  9. Consequentialism

    By Julia Driver

    Series: New Problems of Philosophy

    Consequentialism is the view that the rightness or wrongness of actions depend solely on their consequences. It is one of the most influential, and controversial, of all ethical theories. In this book, Julia Driver introduces and critically assesses consequentialism in all its forms. After a brief...

    Published November 16th 2011 by Routledge