Philosophy: round-up

May 27, 2010

A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind: Readings with Commentary

Editor: Peter A. Morton

Edition: Second

Publisher: Broadview Press

Pages: 500

Price: £45.95

ISBN 9781551118529

This edition has been expanded to include recent issues and combines primary readings with commentary that begin with Plato and Aristotle and go on to explain the development of philosophical thinking concerning the mind from a historical perspective. The book aims to give students access to original source material, together with commentaries that explain the jargon, outline the argumentative structure and place the texts in their historical context.

Everyday Ethics and Social Change: The Education of Desire

Author: Anna L. Peterson

Edition: First

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Pages: 216

Price: £55.00 and £17.00

ISBN 9780231148726 and 8733

Peterson's examination of the ethical choices that govern people in their daily decisions leads her to suggest that recognition of these everyday ethics would help society in moving beyond the supposed irreconcilable conflicts of culture, and refocus on issues that affect real social change.

Jacques Rancière: History, Politics, Aesthetics

Editors: Gabriel Rockhill and Philip Watts

Edition: First

Publisher: Duke University Press

Pages: 368

Price: £72.00 and £17.99

ISBN 9780822344933 and 5060

This volume sees contributors from the fields of philosophy, literary theory and cultural criticism examine the work of Ranciere and critically respond to it. They explore the relationships the French philosopher had to the authors and artists he analysed, from Plato and Aristotle to Flaubert, Rossellini and Auerbach.

Hegel's Political Philosophy: A Systematic Reading of the Philosophy of Right

Author: Thom Brooks

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 224

Price: £60.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780748625741 and 38963

Brooks examines Hegel's system of speculative thinking to argue that it is important in any robust understanding of his Philosophy of Right. Setting out the differences between "systematic" and "non-systematic" readings of the text, the author seeks to show how these can be applied to Hegel's political philosophy.

A Companion to Marx's Capital

Author: David Harvey

Edition: First

Publisher: Verso

Pages: 320

Price: £55.00 and £10.99

ISBN 9781844673582 and 3599

Harvey presents a step-by-step guide to Marx's study of capitalism. He provides novel and occasionally critical interpretations of the text to show its relevance to understanding the state of capitalism today.

World Ethics and Climate Change: From International to Global Justice

Author: Paul G. Harris

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 224

Price: £60.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780748639113 and 9106

Arguing that wealthy individuals are violating the rights of the poor by failing to stem their greenhouse gas emissions, Harris proposes fundamental adjustments to the climate change regime and suggests that people, rather than states, should hold ultimate responsibility.

Modal Logic for Open Minds

Author: Johan van Benthem

Edition: First

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Pages: 350

Price: £45.00 and £19.50

ISBN 9781575865997 and 6987

This guide explores the field of modal logic, looking at its basic and more advanced topics such as expressive power, computational complexity and intelligent agency. It also features exercises for students.

Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources

Editors: Roger Ariew and Eric Watkins

Edition: Second

Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company

Pages: 848

Price: £42.00 and £25.95

ISBN 9780872209794 and 9787

Featuring the works of seven major philosophers of the modern period together with other thinkers of the time, this anthology seeks to further understanding of the subject and its relationship to the natural sciences.

Animal Rights: Moral Theory and Practice

Author: Mark Rowlands

Edition: Second

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 248

Price: £60.00 and £16.99

ISBN 9780230219441 and 9458

This edition has been updated to incorporate material on virtue ethics and animals, and contractarianism and animal minds. Rowlands examines each of the major ethical traditions to argue that humans have a moral commitment to animals, a duty that most currently deny.

Nietzsche's Gay Science: Dancing Coherence

Author: Monika M. Langer

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 296

Price: £60.00 and £18.99

ISBN 9780230580688 and 0695

This analysis of Nietzsche's well-known work explains the inter- connectedness between its apparent unrelated sections and illuminates the difficulties. Langer also draws attention to various problems in Kaufmann's translation of The Gay Science and provides corrections.

Philosophy of Science: An Historical Anthology

Editors: Timothy McGrew, Marc Alspector-Kelly and Fritz Allhoff

Edition: First

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Pages: 680

Price: £60.00 and £24.99

ISBN 9781405175432 and 5425

Combining excerpts from key historical writings with commentary by scholars, this text seeks to provide a history of the subject. Beginning with the Ancient Greeks, Part I examines the roots of ancient and medieval philosophy of science. Part II covers philosophy of science in the 20th century and the philosophical dimensions of biology, chemistry and geology.

Doing Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Contemporary Issues

Author: Lewis Vaughn

Edition: Second

Publisher: W.W. Norton

Pages: 750

Price: £.99

ISBN 9780393934281

Featuring 38 new readings and two new topics, the second edition of this text seeks to furnish a comprehensive introduction to ethical theory and offers a guide for applying critical thinking skills to contemporary moral issues.

An Introduction to Decision Theory

Author: Martin Peterson

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 328

Price: £45.00 and £14.99

ISBN 9780521888370 and 21716543

Peterson seeks to provide an up-to-date introduction to decision theory via accessible discussions of decision-making under ignorance and risk, the foundations of utility theory, the debate over subjective and objective probability, Bayesianism, causal decision theory, game theory and social choice theory. He assumes no mathematical skills, and concepts and results are considered in non-technical and intuitive as well as more formal ways.

Deleuze and New Technology

Editors: David Savat and Mark Poster

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 288

Price: £65.00 and £24.99

ISBN 9780748633388

In a world ever more mediated by technologies, Gilles Deleuze's work is keenly relevant, given his focus on the machine and the technological. This edited volume explores not only the usefulness of Deleuze's key ideas in thinking about our digital and biotechnological future but also takes seriously a style of thinking that negotiates between philosophy, science and art. Contributors include Verena Conley, Saul Newman, Luciana Parisi, Patricia Pisters, Horst Ruthrof, David Savat and Eugene Thacker.

Understanding Plato's Republic

Author: Gerasimos Santas

Edition: First

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Pages: 256

Price: £17.99

ISBN 9781405120180

Intended as an accessible introduction to the concepts of justice that inform Plato's Republic, Santas' text aims to elucidate the ancient philosopher's main argument that we would be better off leading just lives rather than unjust ones. He discusses the unity and coherence of the work as a whole via up-to-date analysis of its fundamental ideas.


Author: Duncan Pritchard

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave

Pages: 176

Price: £16.99

ISBN 9780230019447

Knowledge analyses current debates in epistemology via a fresh perspective on those debates from an acknowledged expert in the field. Pritchard discusses key themes in contemporary epistemology, including virtue epistemology and anti-luck epistemology, the epistemic externalism/internalism distinction, epistemological disjunctivism, radical scepticism and contextualism.

What Is Posthumanism?

Author: Cary Wolfe

Edition: First

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Pages: 400

Price: £46.50 and £15.50

ISBN 9780816666140 and 66157

Wolfe asks whether it is possible to craft a mode of philosophy, ethics and interpretation that rejects humanist divisions of self and other, mind and body, society and nature, human and animal, organic and technological. A founding figure in animal studies and posthumanism, he examines bioethics, cognitive science, animal ethics, gender and disability in a quest for a philosophical approach responsive to our evolving understanding of ourselves and the world.

A History of Scottish Philosophy

Author: Alexander Broadie

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 400

Price: £70.00 and £24.99

ISBN 97807486165 and 6282

Billed as the first substantial account of the 700-year-old Scottish philosophical tradition, Broadie's text considers philosophers from the 13th century to the mid-20th century. The book also considers philosophy's role in broader Scottish culture. Along with towering figures such as John Duns Scotus, Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, Adam Smith and Thomas Reid, it considers the work of thinkers such as John Mair, Frederick Ferrier, Andrew Seth and John Macmurray.

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