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The Routledge Philosophers

Series Editor: Brian Leiter

Routledge Philosophers is a major series of introductions to the great Western philosophers. Each book places a major philosopher or thinker in historical context, explains and assesses their key arguments, and considers their legacy. Additional features include a chronology of major dates and events, chapter summaries, annotated suggestions for further reading and a glossary of technical terms.

An ideal starting point for those new to philosophy, they are also essential reading for those interested in the subject at any level.

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1-10 of 21 results in The Routledge Philosophers
  1. Kant

    2nd Edition

    By Paul Guyer

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    In this updated edition of his outstanding introduction to Kant, Paul Guyer uses Kant’s central conception of autonomy as the key to his thought. Beginning with a helpful overview of Kant’s life and times, Guyer introduces Kant’s metaphysics and epistemology, carefully explaining his arguments...

    Published February 23rd 2014 by Routledge

  2. Aristotle

    2nd Edition

    By Christopher Shields

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    In this extensively revised new edition of his excellent guidebook, Christopher Shields introduces the whole of Aristotle’s philosophy, showing how his powerful conception of human nature shaped much of his thinking on the nature of the soul and the mind, ethics, politics, and the arts. Beginning...

    Published December 16th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Husserl

    2nd Edition

    By David Woodruff Smith

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    This second edition of David Woodruff Smith’s stimulating introduction to Husserl has been fully updated and includes a new ninth chapter featuring contemporary issues confronting Husserl’s phenomenology. It introduces the whole of Edmund Husserl’s thought, demonstrating his influence on philosophy...

    Published June 27th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Adorno

    By Brian O'Connor

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69) was one of the foremost philosophers and social theorists of the post-war period. Crucial to the development of Critical Theory, his highly original and distinctive but often difficult writings not only advance questions of fundamental philosophical significance, but...

    Published September 19th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Heidegger

    By John Richardson

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    Martin Heidegger is one of the twentieth century’s most influential, but also most cryptic and controversial philosophers. His early fusion of phenomenology with existentialism inspired Sartre and many others, and his later critique of modern rationality inspired Derrida and still others. This...

    Published February 22nd 2012 by Routledge

  6. Wittgenstein

    By William Child

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) is considered by most philosophers - even those who do not share his views - to be the most influential philosopher of the 20th century. His contributions to the philosophy of language, mind, meaning and psychology - as well as to logic, mathematics and epistemology...

    Published April 26th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Russell

    By Gregory Landini

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) was renowned as one of the founding figures of "analytic" philosophy, and for his lasting contributions to the study of logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics and epistemology. He was also famous for his popular works, where his humanism, ethics and...

    Published August 3rd 2010 by Routledge

  8. Merleau-Ponty

    By Taylor Carman

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) is one of the most important philosophers of the Twentieth century. His theories of perception and the role of the body have had an enormous impact on the humanities and social sciences, yet the full scope of his contribution not only to phenomenology but...

    Published July 24th 2008 by Routledge

  9. Spinoza

    By Michael Della Rocca

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    Renowned for his metaphysics, Spinoza made significant contributions to understanding the human mind, the emotions, moral philosophy, and political philosophy.Beginning with an overview of Spinoza's life, Michael Della Rocca carefully unpacks and explains Spinoza's philosophy: his metaphysics...

    Published June 24th 2008 by Routledge

  10. Rawls

    By Samuel Freeman

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    In this superb introduction, Samuel Freeman introduces and assesses the main topics of Rawls' philosophy. Starting with a brief biography and charting the influences on Rawls' early thinking, he goes on to discuss the heart of Rawls's philosophy: his principles of justice and their practical...

    Published May 30th 2007 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Hume
    By Don Garrett
    To Be Published October 27th 2014
  2. Dewey
    By Steven Fesmire
    To Be Published December 10th 2014
  3. Freud, 2nd Edition
    By Jonathan Lear
    To Be Published January 15th 2015
  4. Habermas
    By Kenneth Baynes
    To Be Published May 1st 2015
  5. Peirce
    By Albert Atkin
    To Be Published May 1st 2015

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