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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.

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1-10 of 30 results in Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy
  1. Moral Psychology

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Valerie Tiberius

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published June 26th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Philosophy of Social Science

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Mark Risjord

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published May 27th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Philosophy of Economics

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Julian Reiss

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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,...

    Published March 26th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Philosophy of Mind

    A Contemporary Introduction, 3rd Edition

    By John Heil

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published December 8th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction

    By John Heil

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    This comprehensive textbook, written by a leading author in the field, provides a survey of mainstream conceptions of the nature of mind accessible to readers with little or no background in philosophy. Included are the dualist, behaviourist, and functionalist accounts of the nature of mind, along...

    Published November 12th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Philosophy of Language

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By William G. Lycan

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    Philosophy of Language introduces the student to the main issues and theories in twentieth-century philosophy of language. Topics are structured in three parts in the book. Part I, Reference and Referring Expressions, includes topics such as Russell's Theory of Desciptions, Donnellan's distinction...

    Published August 21st 2012 by Routledge

  7. Ancient Philosophy

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Christopher Shields

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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,...

    Published November 23rd 2011 by Routledge

  8. Philosophy of Science

    A Contemporary Introduction, 3rd Edition

    By Alex Rosenberg

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published July 12th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Ethics

    A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By Harry J. Gensler

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published January 10th 2011 by Routledge

  10. Epistemology

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

    By Robert Audi

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published August 23rd 2010 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Metaethics: A Contemporary Introduction
    By Mark van Roojen
    To Be Published March 15th 2015
  2. Free Will: A Contemporary Introduction
    By Michael McKenna, Derk Pereboom
    To Be Published June 15th 2015
  3. Philosophy of Film: An Introduction
    By Aaron Smuts
    To Be Published August 31st 2015

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