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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. Peirce

    By Albert Atkin

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) is generally regarded as the founder of pragmatism, and one of the greatest ever American philosophers. Peirce is also widely known for his work on truth, his foundational work in mathematical logic, and an influential theory of signs, or semiotics. Albert Atkin...

    Published June 26th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Freud

    2nd Edition

    By Jonathan Lear

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    In this fully updated second edition, Jonathan Lear clearly introduces and assesses all of Freud's thought, focusing on those areas of philosophy on which Freud is acknowledged to have had a lasting impact. These include the philosophy of mind, free will and determinism, rationality, the nature of...

    Published January 5th 2015 by Routledge

  3. Dewey

    By Steven Fesmire

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    John Dewey (1859 - 1952) was the dominant voice in American philosophy through the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the nascent years of the Cold War. With a professional career spanning three generations and a profile that no public intellectual has operated on in the U.S. since, Dewey's...

    Published November 20th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Hume

    By Don Garrett

    Series: The Routledge Philosophers

    Beginning with an overview of Hume's life and work, Don Garrett introduces in clear and accessible style the central aspects of Hume's thought. These include Hume's lifelong exploration of the human mind; his theories of inductive inference and causation; skepticism and personal identity; moral and...

    Published October 30th 2014 by Routledge

  5. 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 25th 2014 by Routledge

  6. 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 17th 2013 by Routledge

  7. 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 28th 2013 by Routledge

  8. 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 20th 2012 by Routledge

  9. 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 23rd 2012 by Routledge

  10. 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 27th 2011 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Peirce
    By Albert Atkin
    To Be Published July 17th 2015
  2. Habermas
    By Kenneth Baynes
    To Be Published August 20th 2015

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