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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. Philosophy of Perception

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By William Fish

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published March 17th 2010 by Routledge

  2. Philosophy of Language

    A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By William G. Lycan

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published April 8th 2008 by Routledge

  3. Philosophy of Mathematics

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

    By James Robert Brown

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published January 15th 2008 by Routledge

  4. Philosophy of Biology

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Alex Rosenberg, Daniel W. McShea

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published December 22nd 2007 by Routledge

  5. Classical Modern Philosophy

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Jeffrey Tlumak

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published November 17th 2006 by Routledge

  6. Metaphysics

    A Contemporary Introduction, 3rd Edition

    By Michael Loux

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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 ...

    Published May 23rd 2006 by Routledge

  7. Philosophy of Science

    A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By Alex Rosenberg

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    Identifies the philosophical problems that science raises through an examination of questions about its nature, methods and justification. A valuable introduction for science and philosophy students alike....

    Published September 20th 2005 by Routledge

  8. Continental Philosophy

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Andrew Cutrofello

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published August 16th 2005 by Routledge

  9. Epistemology

    A Contemporary Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge, 2nd Edition

    By Robert Audi

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    This comprehensive book introduces the concepts and theories central for understanding knowledge. It aims to reach students who have already done an introductory philosophy course.Topics covered include perception and reflection as grounds of knowledge, and the nature, structure, and varieties of...

    Published June 27th 2005 by Routledge

  10. Philosophy of Psychology

    A Contemporary Introduction

    By Jose Luis Bermudez

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

    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...

    Published April 28th 2005 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Free Will: A Contemporary Introduction
    By Michael McKenna, Derk Pereboom
    To Be Published February 14th 2015
  2. Metaethics: A Contemporary Introduction
    By Mark van Roojen
    To Be Published February 14th 2015
  3. Philosophy of Film: An Introduction
    By Aaron Smuts
    To Be Published February 14th 2015
  4. Philosophy of Literature: A Contemporary Introduction
    By John Gibson
    To Be Published February 28th 2015

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