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Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks


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Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks painlessly introduce students to the classic works of philosophy. Each GuideBook considers a major philosopher and a key area of their philosophy by focusing upon an important text – situating the philosopher and the work in a historical context, considering the text in question and assessing the philosopher’s contribution to contemporary thought.

Edited by Tim Crane, University of Cambridge and Jonathan Wolff, University College London

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Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Anscombe's Intention

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Anscombe's Intention

1st Edition

Rachael Wiseman
March 17, 2016

G. E. M. Anscombe’s Intention is a classic of twentieth-century philosophy. The work has been enormously influential despite being a dense and largely misunderstood text. It is a standard reference point for anyone engaging with philosophy of action and philosophy of psychology. In this Routledge...

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Poetics

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Poetics

1st Edition

Angela Curran
October 20, 2015

Aristotle’s Poetics is the first philosophical account of an art form and the foundational text in aesthetics. The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Poetics is an accessible guide to this often dense and cryptic work. Angela Curran introduces and assesses: Aristotle’s life and...

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Spinoza on Politics

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Spinoza on Politics

1st Edition

Daniel Frank, Jason Waller
August 03, 2015

Baruch Spinoza is one of the most influential and controversial political philosophers of the early modern period. Though best-known for his contributions to metaphysics, Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise (1670) and his unfinished Political Treatise (1677) were widely debated and helped to...

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Wittgenstein and On Certainty

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Wittgenstein and On Certainty

1st Edition

Andy Hamilton
October 23, 2014

Ludwig Wittgenstein is arguably the most important philosopher of the twentieth century. In On Certainty he discusses central issues in epistemology, including the nature of knowledge and scepticism. The Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Wittgenstein and On Certainty introduces and assesses:...

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Kant on Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Kant on Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason

1st Edition

Lawrence R. Pasternack
October 17, 2013

Throughout his career, Kant engaged with many of the fundamental questions in philosophy of religion: arguments for the existence of God, the soul, the problem of evil, and the relationship between moral belief and practice. Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason is his major work on the...

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Kripke and Naming and Necessity

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Kripke and Naming and Necessity

1st Edition

Harold Noonan
December 17, 2012

Saul Kripke is one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. His most celebrated work, Naming and Necessity, makes arguably the most important contribution to the philosophy of language and metaphysics in recent years. Asking fundamental questions – how do names refer to things...

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Frege on Sense and Reference

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Frege on Sense and Reference

1st Edition

Mark Textor
August 13, 2010

Gottlob Frege (1848-1925) is considered the father of modern logic and one of the founding figures of analytic philosophy. He was first and foremost a mathematician, but his major works also made important contributions to the philosophy of language. Frege’s writings are difficult and deal with...

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Merleau-Ponty and Phenomenology of Perception

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Merleau-Ponty and Phenomenology of Perception

1st Edition

Komarine Romdenh-Romluc
July 30, 2010

Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908 – 1961) is hailed as one of the key philosophers of the twentieth century. Phenomenology of Perception is his most famous and influential work, and an essential text for anyone seeking to understand phenomenology. In this GuideBook Komarine Romdenh-Romluc introduces and...

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Politics

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Aristotle and the Politics

1st Edition

Jean Roberts
April 03, 2009

Aristotle's Politics is widely acknowledged as a classic and one of the founding texts of political theory and philosophy. Written by a leading expert in ancient philosophical thought, Aristotle and the Politics is a coherent guide that makes sense of an often difficult and disorganized work,...

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Wittgenstein and the Tractatus

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Wittgenstein and the Tractatus

1st Edition

Michael Morris
October 17, 2008

Written by a leading expert, this is the ideal guide to the only book Wittgenstein published during his lifetime, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Michael Morris makes sense of Wittgenstein’s brief but often cryptic text, highlighting its key themes. He introduces and analyzes:...

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

1st Edition

James Tartaglia
August 13, 2007

Richard Rorty is one of the most influential, controversial and widely-read philosophers of the twentieth century. In this GuideBook to Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature Tartaglia analyzes this challenging text and introduces and assesses: Rorty's life and the background to his philosophy...

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Kant on Judgment

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Kant on Judgment

1st Edition

Robert Wicks
February 21, 2007

Kant’s Critique of Judgment is one of the most important texts in the history of modern aesthetics. This GuideBook discusses the Third Critique section by section, and introduces and assesses: Kant's life and the background of the Critique of Judgment the ideas and text of the Critique of Judgment...

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