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Critical Concepts in Philosophy

Critical Concepts in Philosophy is a well-established series in Routledge’s Major Works publishing programme.

Designed to meet research, reference, and teaching needs across the humanities and social sciences, Routledge Major Works gather together the best and most influential work on particular concepts, subjects, and individuals. The collections assemble previously published articles from a variety of journals, excerpts or chapters from previously published books, and materials from other sources which together provide users with historical purchase on the concept, subject, or individual in question, as well as a thorough overview of current issues.

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1-10 of 20 results in Critical Concepts in Philosophy
  1. Ethics of War and Conflict

    Edited by Asa Kasher

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Standing on the shoulders of thinkers who have sought carefully to delineate proper behaviour in armed conflict—not least to distinguish just from illegitimate wars—military ethics is a subdiscipline enjoying renewed interest and, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, increasing practical...

    Published November 19th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Existentialism

    Edited by Tanja Staehler

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Existentialism entered the public consciousness after the Second World War, especially through the work of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Indeed, these charismatic and engaged thinkers gave philosophy a level of glamour it had not before enjoyed, while existentialism’s...

    Published December 14th 2012 by Routledge

  3. The Philosophy of Psychology

    Edited by Jose Luis Bermudez, Brandon N. Towl

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    The study of human behaviour, and the minds that produce that behaviour, has been an occupation of scholars, artists, and philosophers for millennia. But it was not until the turn of the twentieth century that psychology came into its own as a distinct field of study—and, more importantly, as a...

    Published November 30th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Epistemology

    Edited by Ram Neta

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    For those working in Epistemology dizzying questions such as the following arise: • When are beliefs rational, or justified? • How should we update our beliefs in the light of new evidence? • Is it possible to gain knowledge, or justification? • How do we know what we know, and why do we care...

    Published October 16th 2012 by Routledge

  5. The Philosophy of Race

    Edited by Paul Taylor

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Since at least the early 1990s, philosophical race theory has emerged as a dynamic and fertile area of serious scholarly inquiry, and this new four-volume Major Work from Routledge meets the need for a comprehensive collection to facilitate ready access to the most influential and important...

    Published December 14th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Philosophy and Gender

    Edited by Cressida J. Heyes

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    How are ‘philosophy’ and ‘gender’ implicated? Throughout history, philosophers—mostly men, though with more women among their number than is sometimes supposed—have often sought to specify and justify the proper roles of women and men, and to explore the political consequences of sexual difference....

    Published November 30th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Philosophy of Mind

    Edited by Sean Crawford

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Philosophy of Mind is concerned with fundamental issues about the relation between mind and body and mind and world, and with the nature of the diverse variety of mental phenomena, such as thought, self-knowledge, consciousness, perception, sensation, and emotion. Philosophers of mind explore some...

    Published September 23rd 2010 by Routledge

  8. Philosophy of Religion

    Edited by William J. Wainwright

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    The past forty years or so have witnessed a renaissance in the philosophy of religion. New tools (modal logic, probability theory, and so on) and new historical research have prompted many thinkers to take a fresh look at old topics (God’s existence, the problem of evil, faith and reason, and the...

    Published August 5th 2009 by Routledge

  9. Philosophy of Language

    Edited by A. P. Martinich

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    What do ‘meaning’ and ‘truth’ mean? And how are they situated in the concrete practices of linguistic communication? What is the relationship between words and the world? How—with words—can people do such varied things as marry, inaugurate a president, and declare a country’s independence? How is...

    Published November 14th 2008 by Routledge

  10. The Philosophy of Time

    Edited by L Nathan Oaklander

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    What is the nature of temporal passage—the movement of events or moments of time from the future through the present into the past? Is the future and the past as real as the present, or is the present—or perhaps the present and the past—all that exists? What role, if any, does language play in...

    Published June 26th 2008 by Routledge

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