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The Routledge Philosophy What is this thing called? series of concise textbooks have been designed for use by students coming to a core area of the discipline for the first time. Each volume explores the relevant central questions with clear explanation of complex ideas and engaging contemporary examples. Features to aid study include text boxes, chapter summaries, study questions, further reading and glossaries.

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What is this thing called Philosophy of Language?

What is this thing called Philosophy of Language?

Forthcoming

Gary Kemp
December 12, 2017

Philosophy of language explores some of the most abstract yet most fundamental questions in philosophy. The ideas of some of the subject's great founding figures, such as Gottlob Frege, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, as well as of more recent figures such as Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam...

What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion?

What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion?

Elizabeth Burns
October 09, 2017

What is this thing called Philosophy of Religion? grapples with the core topics studied on philosophy of religion undergraduate courses including: the meaning of religious language, including 20th century developments the nature of the Divine, including divine power, wisdom and action ...

What is this thing called Metaphysics?

What is this thing called Metaphysics?

Brian Garrett
February 02, 2017

How did our universe come to be? Does God exist? Does time flow? What are we? Do we have free will? What is truth? Metaphysics is concerned with the nature of ourselves and the world around us. This clear and accessible introduction covers the central topics in metaphysics in a concise but...

What is this thing called Global Justice?

What is this thing called Global Justice?

Kok-Chor Tan
January 20, 2017

What is this thing called Global Justice? explores the core topics covered on the increasingly popular undergraduate modules on global justice including: world poverty economic inequality nationalism human rights humanitarian intervention immigration global democracy and governance...

What is this thing called Metaethics?

What is this thing called Metaethics?

Matthew Chrisman
October 18, 2016

Are moral standards relative to cultures? Are there any moral facts? What is goodness? If there are moral facts how do we learn about them? These are all questions in metaethics, the branch of ethics that investigates the status of morality, the nature of ethical facts, and the meaning of ethical...

What is this thing called Philosophy?

What is this thing called Philosophy?

Duncan Pritchard
December 07, 2015

What is this thing called Philosophy? is the definitive textbook for all who want a thorough introduction to the field. It introduces philosophy using a question-led approach that reflects the discursive nature of the discipline. Edited by Duncan Pritchard, each section is written by a high-profile...

What is this thing called Ethics?

What is this thing called Ethics?

Christopher Bennett
January 29, 2015

What is morality? How do we define what is right and wrong? How does moral theory help us deal with ethical issues in the world around us? This second edition provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to philosophical thinking about morality. Christopher Bennett provides the reader with...

What is this thing called Knowledge?

What is this thing called Knowledge?

Duncan Pritchard
September 10, 2013

What is knowledge? Where does it come from? What kinds of knowledge are there? Can we know anything at all? This lucid and engaging introduction grapples with these central questions in the theory of knowledge, offering a clear, non-partisan view of the main themes of epistemology. Both...

What is this thing called Philosophy of Language?

What is this thing called Philosophy of Language?

Gary Kemp
February 28, 2013

Philosophy of language explores some of the fundamental yet most technical problems in philosophy, such as meaning and reference, semantics, and propositional attitudes. Some of its greatest exponents, including Gottlob Frege, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell are amongst the major...

What is this thing called Knowledge?

What is this thing called Knowledge?

Duncan Pritchard
October 03, 2006

What is Knowledge? Where does it come from? Can we know anything at all? This lucid and engaging introduction grapples with these central questions in the theory of knowledge, offering a clear, non-partisan view of the main themes of epistemology including recent developments such as virtue...

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