WelcomeRoutledge 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.
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Tim Lewens, University of Cambridge, UKSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersIn this invaluable book, Tim Lewens shows in a clear andaccessible manner how important Darwin is for philosophy andhow his work has shaped and challenged the very nature of thesubject. Beginning with an overview of Darwin’s life and work,the subsequent chapters discuss the full range of fundamentalphilosophical topics from a Darwinian perspective.
Darwin is essential reading for anyone in the humanities, socialsciences and sciences seeking a philosophical introduction toDarwin, or anyone simply seeking a philosophical companionto Darwin’s own writings.
Brian O'Connor, University College Dublin, IrelandSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersTheodor W. Adorno was one of the foremost philosophers andsocial theorists of the post-war period. An architect of CriticalTheory, his influential but often difficult writings cover an arrayof subjects including philosophy, literature, art, music andpolitical theory. In this comprehensive introduction, BrianO’Connor explains Adorno’s philosophy for those coming to hiswork for the first time. Beginning with an overview of Adorno’slife and key works, he introduces and assesses key aspects ofAdorno’s philosophy. Adorno is an ideal introduction to animportant thinker and essential reading for students ofphilosophy, sociology and literature.
RoutledgeMarket: Philosophy / Popular ScienceOctober 2006: 216x138: 306ppHb: 978-0-415-34637-5: £110.00
RoutledgeMarket: Philosophy / Sociology / LiteratureSeptember 2012: 216x138: 224ppHb: 978-0-415-36735-6: £93.99 Pb: 978-0-415-34638-2: £20.99Pb: 978-0-415-36736-3: £20.99 eBook: 978-0-203-59713-2eBook: 978-0-203-01983-2 * For full contents and more information, visit: www.routledge.com/9780415346382* For full contents and more information, visit: www.routledge.com/9780415367363
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Steven Fesmire, Steven Fesmire, Green Mountain College,USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersJohn Dewey (1859 - 1952) was the dominant voice in Americanphilosophy through the World Wars, the Great Depression andthe nascent years of the Cold War. In this superb introduction,Steven Fesmire begins with a chapter on Dewey’s life and works,before discussing and assessing Dewey's key ideas across themajor disciplines in philosophy; including metaphysics,epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, educational philosophy, andreligious philosophy.
This is an invaluable introduction and guide to this deeplyinfluential philosopher and his legacy, and essential reading for
anyone coming to Dewey's work for the first time.
Christopher Shields, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UKSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersThis extensively revised and expanded introduction assesses thewhole of Aristotle’s philosophy. Beginning with a brief biography,Christopher Shields explains the fundamentals of Aristotle’sthought: his explanatory framework, his philosophicalmethodology and his four-causal explanatory scheme.Subsequently he discusses Aristotle’s metaphysics and the theoryof categories, logical theory, and his conception of the humanbeing and soul and body. The last part concentrates on Aristotle’svalue theory as applied to ethics and politics, and assesses hisapproach to happiness, virtues and the best life for humanbeings. The book concludes with an appraisal of Aristotelianism
RoutledgeMarket: Philosophy / EducationNovember 2014: 216x138: 278ppHb: 978-0-415-78274-6: £110.00Pb: 978-0-415-78275-3: £21.99eBook: 978-0-203-81689-9* For full contents and more information, visit: www.routledge.com/9780415782753
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today.RoutledgeMarket: PhilosophyDecember 2013: 216x138: 510ppHb: 978-0-415-62248-6: £110.00Pb: 978-0-415-62249-3: £21.99eBook: 978-1-315-86358-0Prev. Ed Pb: 978-0-415-28332-8* For full contents and more information, visit: www.routledge.com/9780415622493
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BergsonThomas Ryckman, Stanford University, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersAlbert Einstein was the most influential physicist of the 20
century. What is less well-know is that fundamental philosophicalproblems, such as concept formation, the role of epistemologyin explaining physical theories, observation, and the debatesbetween positivism and realism, played a central role in histhought as a whole.
In this much-needed book, Tom Ryckman demystifies Einstein’srevolutionary theories of time and space and provides a brilliantphilosophical introduction to his work and legacy. As with allbooks in the series, Einstein includes a chronology, chaptersummaries, annotated further reading and a glossary.
Mark SinclairSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersHenri Bergson was one of the most celebrated and influentialphilosophers of the 20th century. He was awarded in 1928 theNobel prize for literature for his philosophical work, and his ideasshaped generations of thinkers, writers and artists. This clear andengaging introduction examines the full range of Bergson'sthought, shedding new light on familiar aspects, but alsoexamines often ignored aspects of his work.
Including chapter summaries, annotated further reading and aglossary, it is essential reading for those interested inmetaphysics, time, free will, aesthetics, the philosophy of biology,continental philosophy, and the role of European intellectuals
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John Richardson, New York University, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersMartin Heidegger ranks alongside Wittgenstein as the twentiethcentury’s most influential philosopher. He was taught by EdmundHusserl, the founder of phenomenology, and Heidegger’s ownstudents included Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas andHerbert Marcuse.
John Richardson summarises Heidegger’s position leading upto Being and Time, before devoting the core of the book todisentangling what Heidegger meant by ‘being’, the key to hiswhole philosophy. Separate sections discuss Heidegger’sexistentialism, pragmatism, and his preoccupation with time.Later chapters explore Heidegger’s later thinking including: art,
technology, god and Heidegger’s legacy.
Jonathan Lear, University of Chicago, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersIn this fully revised and updated edition the author clearlyintroduces and assesses all of Freud's thought, focusing on thoseareas where Freud is acknowledged to have had a lasting impact.These include the philosophy of mind, free will and determinism,rationality, the nature of the self and subjectivity, and ethics andreligion. The new edition emphasizes the philosophicalsignificance of Freud’s fundamental rule - to say whatever comesto mind without inhibition.
RoutledgeMarket: Philosophy / PsychologyJanuary 2015: 216x138: 240pp RoutledgeHb: 978-0-415-83179-6: £110.00 Market: Philosophy / LiteraturePb: 978-0-415-83180-2: £21.99 February 2012: 216x138: 408ppeBook: 978-1-315-77191-5 Hb: 978-0-415-35070-9: £110.00Prev. Ed Pb: 978-0-415-31451-0 Pb: 978-0-415-35071-6: £21.99* For full contents and more information, visit: www.routledge.com/9780415831802 eBook: 978-0-203-12710-0
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A.P. MartinichSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersThomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was the first great Englishphilosopher and one of the most important theorists of humannature and politics in the history of Western thought. Thissuperlative introduction presents Hobbes' main doctrines andarguments, covering all of Hobbes' philosophy. A.P. Martinichbegins with a helpful overview of Hobbes' life and work, settinghis ideas against the political and scientific background ofseventeenth-century England. He then introduces and assesses,in clear chapters, Hobbes' contributions to fundamental areasof philosophy.
Kenneth Baynes, Syracuse University, New York, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersJürgen Habermas is one of the most important German philosophers and social theorists of the 20
th century. His work
has been compared in scope with Max Weber’s and in philosophical breadth to that of Kant and Hegel. Thismuch-needed introduction engages with the full range of Habermas’s philosophical work, including his arguments concerning the emergence of the public sphere, meaning andtruth, discourse ethics, political and legal theory, democracy and constitutionalism, and human rights and cosmopolitanism.
RoutledgeMarket: Philosophy / PoliticsApril 2005: 216x138: 266ppHb: 978-0-415-28327-4: £110.00Pb: 978-0-415-28328-1: £20.99eBook: 978-0-203-87026-6* For full contents and more information, visit: www.routledge.com/9780415283281
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HegelDon Garrett, New York University, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersBeginning with an overview of Hume's life and work, Don Garrettintroduces the central aspects of Hume's thought. These includeHume's lifelong exploration of the human mind; his theories ofinductive inference and causation; skepticism and personalidentity; moral and political philosophy; aesthetics; andphilosophy of religion.
The final chapter considers the influence and legacy of Hume'sthought today. Throughout, Garrett draws on and explains manyof Hume's central works.
Hume is essential reading not only for students of philosophy,but anyone in the humanities and social sciences and beyond
seeking an introduction to Hume's thought.
Frederick Beiser, Syracuse University, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersHegel (1770-1831) is one of the major philosophers of thenineteenth century. Many of the major philosophical movementsof the twentieth century grew out of reactions against Hegel.In this magisterial and lucid introduction, Beiser covers everymajor aspect of Hegel's thought. He places Hegel in the historicalcontext of nineteenth-century Germany whilst clarifying thedeep insights and originality of Hegel's philosophy. Amasterpiece of clarity and scholarship, Hegel is the ideal startingpoint for those coming to Hegel for the first time and essentialreading for any student or scholar of nineteenth centuryphilosophy.
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E.J. Lowe, University of Durham, UKSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersJohn Locke (1632-1704) was one of the towering philosophersof the Enlightenment and arguably the greatest Englishphilosopher. Many assumptions we now take for granted, aboutliberty, knowledge and government, come from Locke and hismost influential works, An Essay Concerning Human Understandingand Two Treatises of Government. ; In this superb introduction toLocke's thought, E.J. Lowe covers all the major aspects of hisphilosophy. Whilst sensitive to the seventeenth-centurybackground to Locke's thought, he concentrates on introducingand assessing Locke in a contemporary philosophical setting,explaining why he is so important today.
David Woodruff Smith, University of California - Irvine, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersThis second edition of David W. Smith's stimulating introductionto Edmund Husserl introduces the whole of Husserl’s thought,demonstrating his influence on philosophy of mind andlanguage, on ontology and epistemology, and on philosophyof logic, mathematics and science. A new final chapter providesan overview of Husserl’s historical legacy, before examiningHusserlian theory in relation to contemporary debates inphilosophy of mind and cognitive science.
Includes a timeline, glossary, and extensive suggestions forfurther reading. Essential reading for anyone interested inphenomenology, twentieth-century philosophy, and the
continuing influence of this eminent philosopher.
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2nd Edition Merleau-PontyKant
Taylor Carman, Columbia University, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersMerleau-Ponty was one of the most important philosophers ofthe twentieth century. In this comprehensive introduction, TaylorCarman explains and assesses the full range of Merleau-Ponty’sphilosophy.
The 2nd edition makes use of the new translation ofPhenomenology of Perception, highlighting its critique of"objective thought" and the account of constrained freedomthat Merleau-Ponty advanced as a foil to Sartre’s notion of radicalchoice.
Including further reading and a glossary, it is an ideal introductionto Merleau-Ponty, and essential reading for students of
phenomenology, existentialism and twentieth-century philosophy.
Paul Guyer, Brown University, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersIn this revised and updated edition of his outstanding andwell-established introduction to Kant, Paul Guyer uses Kant’scentral conception of autonomy as the key to all the majoraspects and issues in Kant’s thought. Key new material includesa revised account of the foundations of Kant’s moral philosophy,and a fresh treatment of his theory of the natural progress ofmankind.
Including a chronology, glossary, chapter summaries andupdated further reading, this is an ideal introduction to thisdemanding yet pivotal figure in the history of philosophy, andessential reading for all students of philosophy.
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2nd Edition Leibniz
Albert Atkin, Macquarie University, AustraliaSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersPeirce is regarded as the founder of pragmatism, North America’smost influential philosophical movement. Albert Atkin introducesthe full spectrum of Peirce’s thought for those coming to hiswork for the first time. The book begins with an overview ofPeirce’s life and work and then explains Peirce’s pragmatism andhis pragmatic account of truth. Atkin introduces Peirce’s accountsof semiotics, logic, and metaphysics - the least understood aspectof his philosophy. The final chapter considers Peirce’s legacy, and his influence on the thought of John Dewey and RichardRorty, as well as on areas outside philosophy such as linguisticsand mathematics.
Nicholas JolleySeries: The Routledge PhilosophersGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was hailed by BertrandRussell as 'one of the supreme intellects of all time'. A toweringfigure in seventeenth-century philosophy, his complex thoughthas been championed and satirized in equal measure, mostfamously in Voltaire's Candide.
In this outstanding introduction to his philosophy, NicholasJolley introduces and assesses the whole of Leibniz's philosophy.This second edition has been revised throughout and includesa new chapter on Leibniz and philosophy of language.
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Nicholas Dent, University of Birmingham, UKSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersIn this superb introduction, Nicholas Dent covers the whole ofRousseau's thought. Beginning with a helpful overview ofRousseau's life and works, he introduces and assesses Rousseau'scentral ideas and arguments. These include the corruption ofmodern civilization, the state of nature, his famous theories ofamour de soi and amour propre, education, and his famous workEmile. He gives particular attention to Rousseau's theories ofdemocracy and freedom found in his most celebrated work, TheSocial Contract, and explains what Rousseau meant by the'general will'.
Constance Meinwald, University of Illinois at Chicago, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersIn this outstanding introduction, Constance Meinwald drawsreaders into the activity of philosophy that Plato’s texts promote.She provides much-needed historical context, and helps readersgrapple with Plato’s distinctive use of highly crafted literarymasterpieces for philosophical purposes.
Throughout, Meinwald draws expertly on Plato’s dialogues topresent a lively picture of his ongoing program.
Essential reading for students of ancient philosophy and Classics,Plato is an ideal introduction to arguably the most influential ofall Western philosophers.
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Gregory Landini, University of Iowa, USASeries: The Routledge PhilosophersBertrand Russell was renowned as one of the founding figuresof ‘analytic’ philosophy and his lasting contributions to the studyof logic, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics.
Beginning with an overview of Bertrand Russell’s life and work,Gregory Landini carefully explains Russell’s major early works,including The Principles of Mathematics and PrincipiaMathematica. He analyses how Russell’s approach toWittgensteinian ideas developed in the second edition ofPrincipa, and discusses Russell’s changing approach to logic,before concluding with a chapter on Russell’s ethics, and therelationship between science and religion.
Eyjólfur K. Emilsson, University of Oslo, NorwaySeries: The Routledge PhilosophersPlotinus was the founder of Neoplatonism, and has had a profound influence on Western philosophy. In this engaging book, Eyjólfur Emilsson explains Plotinus’s philosophy for those coming to his work for the first time.
Beginning with a chapter-length overview of Plotinus’s life and works.
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Julian Young, University of Auckland, New ZealandSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersSchopenhauer (1788-1860) was one of the greatest writers andGerman philosophers of the nineteenth century. His workinfluenced figures as diverse as Wagner, Freud and Nietzsche.In this comprehensive introduction, Julian Young covers all themain aspects of Schopenhauer's philosophy including his lifeand work, the central aspects of his metaphysics andSchopenhauer's aesthetics. In the final chapter, he considersSchopenhauer's legacy and his influence on the thought ofNietzsche and Wittgenstein, making this an ideal starting pointfor those coming to Schopenhauer for the first time.
Samuel FreemanSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersIn this superb introduction, Samuel Freeman introduces andassesses the main topics of Rawls' philosophy. Starting with abrief biography and charting the influences on Rawls' earlythinking, he goes on to discuss the heart of Rawls's philosophy:his principles of justice and their practical application to society.
Clearly setting out the ideas in Rawls' masterwork, A Theory ofJustice, Samuel Freeman also considers Rawls' other key works,including Political Liberalism and The Law of Peoples. An invaluableintroduction to this deeply influential philosopher, Rawls is
essential reading for anyone coming to his work for the first time.RoutledgeMarket: PhilosophyMay 2007: 216x138: 576ppHb: 978-0-415-30108-4: £110.00Pb: 978-0-415-30109-1: £20.99
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Michael Della Rocca, Yale University, USASeries: The Routledge Philosophers'An absolutely fantastic book. Della Rocca has succeeded inmaking Spinoza’s notoriously difficult thought accessible to ageneral audience without sacrificing any of the conceptualcomplexity and rigor that makes Spinoza such a goodphilosopher.' - Martin Lin, University of Toronto, Canada
Spinoza is one of the most influential Rationalist philosophersand his work on metaphysics has had a profound influence onsubsequent philosophers such as Kant and Hegel. Any studentor interested reader approaching the history of philosophy orphilosophical theories of knowledge, free will or the existenceof God will have to understand Spinoza’s contribution.
A clear introduction to a daunting philosopher, Spinoza is the ideal starting point for anyonecoming to his thought for the first time and essential reading for any student or scholar ofthe seventeenth century.
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William Child, University of Oxford, UKSeries: The Routledge PhilosophersLudwig Wittgenstein is considered by most philosophers - eventhose who do not share his views - to be the most influentialphilosopher of the 20
th century. His contributions to the
philosophy of language, mind, meaning and psychology - aswell as to logic, mathematics and epistemology - permanentlyaltered the philosophical landscape. In this superb introductionto Wittgenstein’s life and work, William Child discusses TractatusLogico-Philosophicus, Wittgenstein’s later philosophy,intentionality and rule-following, philosophy of mind andpsychology, knowledge and certainty, philosophy of religionand the legacy and influence of Wittgenstein’s ideas.Including
a chronology, glossary, and helpful conclusions to each chapter, Wittgenstein is essentialreading for anyone coming to Wittgenstein's philosophy for the first time.
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