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Franz Brentano

Franz Brentano

1st Edition

Mauro Antonelli, Federico Boccaccini
November 20, 2018

Franz Brentano (1838–1917) was a leading philosopher and psychologist of the nineteenth century. Indeed, the impact of his scholarship was so great that he became synonymous with a school of thought and a new approach in scientific philosophy. The Brentano School stood against the Idealistic and...

Socrates II

Socrates II

1st Edition

William Prior
March 23, 2018

Socrates is perhaps the most famous philosopher in the Western intellectual tradition. He raised fundamental questions, such as ‘what is justice?’ and ‘does virtue produce happiness?’. Although he wrote nothing himself, he is the source of a vast literature, beginning with Plato, Xenophon, and...

Elizabeth Anscombe, 4-vol. set

Elizabeth Anscombe, 4-vol. set

1st Edition

Roger Teichmann
July 12, 2016

Elizabeth Anscombe (1919–2001) was one of the most important philosophers of the second half of the twentieth century, making major contributions in philosophy of mind, ethics, and metaphysics. She is particularly renowned for her work on intention and action. A pupil and friend of Ludwig...

Theodor W, Adorno II

Theodor W, Adorno II

1st Edition

Espen Hammer
October 19, 2015

A new title in Routledge’s Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers series, this is a two-volume collection of the very best recent scholarship on Theodor W. Adorno (1903–69). It is an essential successor to an earlier four-volume collection, Theodor Adorno (Critical Evaluations in Cultural...

Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett

1st Edition

John Symons
March 17, 2014

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE! (Valid until 3 months after publication) Daniel Dennett has been one of the central voices in the philosophy of mind for at least the past forty years. Unlike most philosophers of his generation, Dennett’s work has resonated far and wide. It has powerfully influenced the...

Richard Rorty

Richard Rorty

1st Edition

James Tartaglia
December 02, 2009

Richard Rorty (1931–2007) remains one of the contemporary world’s most influential thinkers. He has been a major figure in philosophy ever since the publication of his first important paper, ‘Mind-Body Identity, Privacy, and Categories’ in 1965, but it was the release of his seminal Philosophy and...

Merleau-Ponty

Merleau-Ponty

1st Edition

Ted Toadvine
September 18, 2006

Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) has been hailed by many as the greatest French thinker of the twentieth century. As one of the founding members of the existentialist movement in the 1940s, he played a key role in introducing the work of Husserl and Heidegger into French thought and collaborated...

John Locke

John Locke

1st Edition

Peter R. Anstey
July 31, 2006

Today, John Locke is recognized as one of the most important and formative philosophical influences on the modern world. His imprint is still felt in political and legal thought, in educational theory, moral theory and in the theory of knowledge. Locke’s key works, Two Treatises of Government, and...

Gottlob Frege

Gottlob Frege

1st Edition

Michael Beaney, Erich Reck
December 07, 2005

Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) taught at the University of Jena for thirty years, and was scarcely known outside a small circle of professional mathematicians and philosophers. However, later in the twentieth century he came to be recognized as someone who, in demonstrating the affinity of logic with...

Edmund Husserl

Edmund Husserl

1st Edition

Donn Welton
December 15, 2004

Edmund Husserl was the founding father of phenomenology and one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century.This collection will make available, in one place, the very best essays on Husserl's thought from the past seventy years. It will draw together a range of writings, many of...

Emmanuel Levinas

Emmanuel Levinas

1st Edition

Claire Elise Katz
November 25, 2004

Emmanuel Levinas (1905-1995) was one of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century. His work has influenced a wide range of intellectuals, from French thinkers such as Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Luce Irigaray and Jean-Luc Marion, to American philosophers Stanley Cavell and Hillary...

Karl Popper

Karl Popper

1st Edition

Professor Anthony O'Hear, Anthony O'Hear
November 27, 2003

Born in Austria, Karl Popper (1902-1994) was one of the dominant philosophical thinkers of the 20th century. A ground-breaking thinker, he saw the essence of true science as being the readiness to submit theories to severe testing and to reject them when refuted by test. His first major book in...

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