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  1. Now Available - Debates in Medieval Philosophy: Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses

    Debates in Medieval Philosophy: Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses aims to de-mystify medieval works by offering an illuminating, engaging introduction to the problems that medieval philosophers from Augustine through Ockham wrestled with. Each of the volume’s 11 units presents a debate that will enable students to return to the primary texts prepared to think critically and imaginatively about them. The 10 essays newly commissioned for this volume will advance scholarship in medieval metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, logic, and philosophical theology, and in particular they will showcase what is philosophically distinctive and original in medieval philosophy. Students without experience in the history of philosophy will benefit from each unit’s clear, sharply written introductions that supply the necessary background to approach the debates intelligently.

  2. Coming Soon: Arguing About Political Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    This excellent anthology presents political philosophy and theory within the social sciences as well as the liberal arts. Its thematic units combine selections from historical and contemporary canonical works with well-chosen supplemental texts ranging from literature to economics. It also lets students encounter an unusually wide range of normative positions, and so makes clear that the central problems of political philosophy remain live questions for debate. -Jacob T. Levy, McGill University, Canada 
     

  3. Now Available: Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy

    "This book provides an excellent account of the current state of experimental philosophy, written by some of the most prominent defenders and critics of various approaches. It provides a useful introduction as well as a significant contribution. Highly recommended!" -Gilbert Harman, Princeton University

    Experimental philosophy is one of the most active and exciting areas in philosophy today. In Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy, Elizabeth O’Neill and Edouard Machery have brought together twelve leading philosophers to debate four topics central to recent research in experimental philosophy. The result is an important and enticing contribution to contemporary philosophy which thoroughly reframes traditional philosophical questions in light of experimental philosophers’ use of empirical research methods, and brings to light the lively debates within experimental philosophers’ intellectual community.
     

    Click here to view a discussion on experimental approaches to free will between contributors Joshua Knobe and Eddy Nahmias, part of a Philosophy TV series focusing on Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy.

  4. The Routledge Companion to Epistemology

    "As a series, the 'Routledge Philosophy Companions' has met with near universal acclaim. This expansive volume not only continues the trend but quite possibly sets a new standard. Combining encyclopedic coverage with the scholarly acumen of established leaders in the field, this is an indispensable resource for scholars, students, and libraries…Indeed, this is a definitive resource that will continue to prove its value for a long time to come. Summing Up: Essential." -CHOICE

    Epistemology, the philosophy of knowledge, is at the core of many of the central debates and issues in philosophy, interrogating the notions of truth, objectivity, trust, belief and perception. The Routledge Companion to Epistemology provides a comprehensive and the up-to-date survey of epistemology, charting its history, providing a thorough account of its key thinkers and movements, and addressing enduring questions and contemporary research in the field.

  5. Philosophy of Science: A Unified Approach - Gerhard Schurz

    “I consider this book to be a unique work both with regard to the sheer amount of material it covers but also with regard to the clarity, depth and insight with which these matters are dealed with by one of Europe’s foremost analytic philosophers.” - Erik J. Olsson, Lund University

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  6. Why We Argue (And How We Should) - Scott F. Aikin, Robert B. Talisse

    "...a superb book for students of philosophy, politics, and argumentation. In my ideal world, this text would be required reading for college students and politicians alike." - Lawrence Torcello, Rochester Institute of Technology

    An accessible and engaging introduction to the theory of argument, exploring the way argument works in public political debate, Why We Argue (And How We Should) is an excellent student resource for courses in critical thinking, political philosophy, and related fields. Read more | View sample pages

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  7. Understanding Peace: A Comprehensive Introduction - Michael Allen Fox

    "...the book’s greatest strength is its positive moral vision. His [Dr. Fox] argument integrates rigorous philosophical analysis with an exceptional level of empirical awareness to demonstrate and defend the plausibility of a global peace culture. It is an excellent example of engaged moral philosophy, but is also of considerable interest to scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as to the wider public." - Richard Matthews, Kings College at the University of Western Ontario

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  8. Philosophy and Theatre: An Introduction

    "With exemplary clarity, Tom Stern reconstructs central philosophical concepts that have bearing on theater. In doing so, he opens a conversation between theater and philosophy that is all too rare.”

    This is the first book to introduce philosophy and theater, covering key topics and debates and presenting the contributions of major figures in the history of philosophy. Including annotated further reading and summaries at the end of each chapter, Philosophy and Theatre is an ideal starting point for those studying philosophy, theater studies and related subjects in the arts and humanities. Read more | View inside

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  9. Now Available: What Is This Thing Called Knowledge? 3rd Edition

    "This third edition of What is this thing called Knowledge? is the best single-author introduction to epistemology on the market. Written by one of our very best epistemologists, it is ideal for students who might never before have encountered the subject." - Tim Black, California State University, Northridge, USA

    If you are teaching and would like to receive a complimentary copy to consider adopting for your course, please click here.

  10. Now Available: Current Controversies in Philosophy of Mind

    "Prof. Kriegel's excellent book fills an important niche - it brings into focus current problems in philosophy of mind and actually puts into conversation with one another important voices in the debate. The supporting material with which he frames and contextualizes the works are themselves a valuable contribution to scholarship and perfect for students and beginning researchers alike." - Anthony Peressini, Marquette University

    For a sneak peek at the dynamic debates in the book, watch contributors Amy Kind and Angela Mendelovici discuss representationalism on PhilosophyTV.

    If you are teaching and would like to receive a complimentary copy to consider adopting for your course, please click here.

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