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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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11-20 of 20 results in Critical Concepts in Philosophy
  1. Metaethics

    Edited by Russ Shafer-Landau

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Metaethics is the branch of knowledge that considers the foundational issues of morality, and deals especially with the nature of ethical statements. Philosophers doing metaethics ask vital and fundamental questions such as these: • is morality merely conventional, or are there objective standards...

    Published March 18th 2008 by Routledge

  2. Metaphysics

    Edited by Michael Rea

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Metaphysics, at least roughly speaking, is the systematic investigation of fundamental presuppositions underlying commonsense and scientific views of the world. Most of us believe that we have bodies and minds, that we are free, that some things in the world are composed of other things and that...

    Published January 31st 2008 by Routledge

  3. German Idealism

    Edited by Klaus Brinkmann

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    German Idealism represents one of the most intense and ambitious periods in the history of philosophy. It was the time when the possibility of an alternative to both empiricism and rationalism was explored, and the era when comprehensive system building took place. Discussing this highly visible...

    Published July 4th 2007 by Routledge

  4. Philosophy of Law

    Edited by Brian Bix

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Edited by a leading scholar in the field, Philosophy of Law is a new title in the Routledge Major Works series Critical Concepts in Philosophy. It is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research and covers a significant range of topics in the field. The first two volumes of the...

    Published June 28th 2006 by Routledge

  5. Free Will

    Edited by John Martin Fischer

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Over the last three decades there has been a tremendous amount of philosophical work in the Anglo-American tradition on the cluster of topics pertaining to Free Will.Contemporary work has in some instances been in the form of lively debates between proponents of different viewpoints, and literature...

    Published July 28th 2005 by Routledge

  6. Aesthetics

    Edited by James Young

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Aesthetics is one of the most vital and wide-ranging fields of philosophical inquiry. This four volume set brings together both classic and contemporary writings to provide a comprehensive collection of the most important essays on the subject. All of the various artistic genres are addressed,...

    Published July 5th 2005 by Routledge

  7. Pragmatism

    Edited by Russell B. Goodman

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Presenting key texts in and about pragmatism, this collection of essays explores pragmatism's origins, applications, and weaknesses, as well as its remarkable versatility as an approach not only to issues of truth and knowledge, but to ethics and social philosophy, literature, law, aesthetics,...

    Published April 24th 2005 by Routledge

  8. Phenomenology

    Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Edited by Lester Embree, Dermot Moran

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Phenomenology as a tradition owes its name to Edmund Husserl, in his Logical Investigations (1900-1). It began as a bold new way of doing philosophy, an attempt to bring it back from abstract metaphysical speculation and empty logical calculation in order to come into contact with concrete living...

    Published September 29th 2004 by Routledge

  9. Applied Ethics

    Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Edited by Ruth Chadwick, Doris Schroeder

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Applied ethics has become established as a distinct area of study, but its methodology and practicality are still matters of controversy. This collection examines how the field has developed over the last fifty years, by bringing together those articles that have been seminal in the development of...

    Published December 5th 2001 by Routledge

  10. Postmodernism: Critical Concepts

    Edited by Victor E. Taylor, Charles E. Winquist

    Series: Critical Concepts in Philosophy

    Postmodernism has emerged as a significant cultural, political and intellectual concept which has fundamentally altered our understanding of architecture, selfhood, knowledge formation, ethics, history, economics and politics. Until now, the primary and most historically significant accounts of...

    Published June 3rd 1998 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Van Dyke: Medieval Philosophy, 4-vol. set
    Edited by Christina Van Dyke
    To Be Published September 15th 2015
  2. Ganeri: Indian Philosophy, 4-vol. set
    Edited by Jonardon Ganeri
    To Be Published October 15th 2015

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