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The Routledge Guidebook to Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations (The Routledge Guides to the Great Books)

Wittgenstein is the most influential twentieth century philosopher in the English-speaking world. In the Philosophical Investigations, his most important work, he introduces the famous ‘private language argument’ which changed the whole philosophical view of language. Wittgenstein and the Philosophical Investigations … Continue reading

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Kant’s Doctrine of Right: A Commentary

Published in 1797, the Doctrine of Right is Kant’s most significant contribution to legal and political philosophy. As the first part of the Metaphysics of Morals, it deals with the legal rights which persons have or can acquire, and aims … Continue reading

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Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Representation

While much has been written on Descartes’ theory of mind and ideas, no systematic study of his theory of sensory representation and misrepresentation is currently available in the literature. Descartes and the Puzzle of Sensory Misrepresentation is an ambitious attempt … Continue reading

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Plato and Hesiod

It hardly needs repeating that Plato defined philosophy partly by contrast with the work of the poets. What is extraordinary is how little systematic exploration there has been of his relationship with specific poets other than Homer. This neglect extends … Continue reading

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Augustine: On the Free Choice of the Will, On Grace and Free Choice, and Other Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

The works translated here deal with two major themes in the thinking of St Augustine (354-430): free will and divine grace. On the one hand, free will enables human beings to make their own choices; on the other hand, God’s … Continue reading

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Rousseau and Freedom

Debates about freedom, an ideal continually contested, were first set out in their modern version by the eighteenth-century French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. His ideas and analyses were taken up during the philosophical enlightenment, often invoked during the French Revolution, and … Continue reading

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Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals (The Founders)

In famously beautiful and laconic prose, Jean-Jacques Rousseau presents us with a forceful picture of a democratic society, in which we live together as free and equal, and our politics focuses on the common good. In Rousseau: A Free Community … Continue reading

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Adam Smith and the Circles of Sympathy: Cosmopolitanism and Moral Theory (Ideas in Context)

Adam Smith and the Circles of Sympathy pursues Adam Smith’s views on moral judgement, humanitarian care, commerce, justice and international law both in historical context and through a twenty-first century cosmopolitan lens, making this a major and timely contribution not … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Kant’s Moral Philosophy

Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy is one of the most distinctive achievements of the European Enlightenment. At its heart lies what Kant called the ‘strange thing’: the free, rational, human will. This introduction explores the basis of Kant’s anti-naturalist, secular, humanist … Continue reading

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Effortless Attention: A New Perspective in the Cognitive Science of Attention and Action (Bradford Books)

This is the first book to explore the cognitive science of effortless attention and action. Attention and action are generally understood to require effort, and the expectation is that under normal circumstances effort increases to meet rising demand. Sometimes, however, … Continue reading

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