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Current Controversies in Philosophy


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In venerable Socratic fashion, philosophy proceeds best through reasoned conversation. Current Controversies in Philosophy provides short, accessible volumes that cast a spotlight on ongoing central philosophical conversations. In each book, pairs of experts debate four or five key issues of contemporary concern, setting the stage for students, teachers and researchers to join the discussion. Short chapter descriptions precede each chapter, and an annotated bibliography and study questions conclude each debate. In addition, each volume includes both a general introduction and a supplemental guide to further controversies. Combining timely debates with useful pedagogical aids allows the volumes to serve as clear and detailed snapshots, for all levels of readers, of some the most exciting work happening in philosophy today. 

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Current Controversies in Philosophy of Religion

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Religion

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Paul Draper
May 07, 2019

While orthodox religion by its very nature is conservative, philosophy at its best is inherently radical. It challenges authority, tradition, and the whole idea of "dogma." For this reason, philosophy of religion can be explosively controversial. It is bound to disturb those who peddle...

Current Controversies in Values and Science

Current Controversies in Values and Science

1st Edition

Kevin C. Elliott, Daniel Steel
March 21, 2017

Current Controversies in Values and Science asks ten philosophers to debate five questions (two philosophers per debate) that are driving contemporary work in this important area of philosophy of science. The book is perfect for the advanced student, building up her knowledge of the...

Current Controversies in Bioethics

Current Controversies in Bioethics

1st Edition

S Matthew Liao, Collin O'Neil
December 14, 2016

Bioethics is the study of ethical issues arising out of advances in the life sciences and medicine. Historically, bioethics has been associated with issues in research ethics and clinical ethics as a result of research scandals such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and public debates about the...

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Perception

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Perception

1st Edition

Bence Nanay
July 27, 2016

This book provides an up-to-date and accessible overview of the hottest and most influential contemporary debates in philosophy of perception, written especially for this volume by many of the most important philosophers of the field. The book addresses the following key questions: Can perception...

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Film

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Film

1st Edition

Katherine Thomson-Jones
March 25, 2016

This volume advances the contemporary debate on five central issues in the philosophy of film. These issues concern the relation between the art and technology of film, the nature of film realism, how narrative fiction films narrate, how we engage emotionally with films, and whether films can...

Current Controversies in Political Philosophy

Current Controversies in Political Philosophy

1st Edition

Thom Brooks
July 16, 2015

Current Controversies in Political Philosophy brings together an international team of leading philosophers to explore and debate four key and dynamic issues in the field in an accessible way.   Should we all be cosmopolitans? – Gillian Brock and Cara Nine Are rights important? – Rowan Cruft and...

Current Controversies in Virtue Theory

Current Controversies in Virtue Theory

1st Edition

Mark Alfano
February 13, 2015

Virtue is among the most venerable concepts in philosophy, and has recently seen a major revival.  However, new challenges to conceptions of virtue have also arisen.  In Current Controversies in Virtue Theory, five pairs of cutting-edge philosophers square off over central topics in virtue theory:...

Current Controversies in Epistemology

Current Controversies in Epistemology

1st Edition

Ram Neta
May 14, 2014

Epistemology is one of the oldest, yet still one of the most active, areas of philosophical research today. There currently exists many annotated tomes of primary sources, and a handful of single-authored introductions to the field, but there is no book that captures epistemology’s dynamic growth...

Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy

Current Controversies in Experimental Philosophy

1st Edition

Edouard Machery, Elizabeth O'Neill
February 26, 2014

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...

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Mind

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Mind

1st Edition

Uriah Kriegel
September 11, 2013

Philosophy of mind is one of the most dynamic fields in philosophy, and one that invites debate around several key questions. There currently exist annotated tomes of primary sources, and a handful of single-authored introductions to the field, but there is no book that captures philosophy of...

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