The central question in political philosophy is whether political states have the right to coerce their constituents and whether citizens have a moral duty to obey the commands of their state.
In this book philosopher J.
Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics features pairs of newly commissioned essays by some of the leading theorists working in the field today.
Applied or practical ethics is perhaps the largest growth area in philosophy today, and many issues in moral, social, and political life have come under philosophical scrutiny in recent years.
Can God create a stone too heavy for him to lift? Can time have a beginning? Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Roy Sorenson offers a unique exploration of an ancient problem: vagueness. Did Buddha become a fat man in one second? Is there a tallest short giraffe?
Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible survey of main themes, positions and debates in philosophy of mind.
The eleven essays in this volume cover all the central topics of W.V. Quine's philosophy.
Edited by a renowned scholar in the field, this anthology provides a comprehensive and self-contained introduction to the philosophy of mind.
The Historical Dictionary of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy includes many entries on Descartes's writings, concepts, and findings.
Although the basis of modern biology is Cartesian, Descartes's theories of biology have been more often ridiculed than studied.
Dennis Des Chene explores how Western philosophers understood life and the soul in the early modern period-before Descartes radically changed how the universe was conceived.
Can merely thinking about an imaginary situation provide evidence for how the world actually is--or how it ought to be? In this lively book, Roy A.
Derrida and Phenomenology is a collection of essays by various authors, entirely devoted to Jacques Derrida's writing on Edmund Husserl's phenomenology.
A fast-moving, fascinating alternative history of twentieth century analytic philosophy. Using many examples, Sorenson explains how problems are dissolved rather than solved.
Perspectives on Quine, now available in paperback, is a collection of twenty-one new essays dealing with the thought of America's most distinguished living philosopher, Willard Van Orman...
A philosophical study of mental imagery in which Rollins aims to show that there are no logical or methodological reasons why the brain cannot store information in the form of pictures.
Strategies of Deconstruction focuses on the early work of Jacques Derrida, the French philosopher who introduced deconstruction in Speech and Phenomena,his study of Edmund...
Sorensen here offers a unified solution to a large family of philosophical puzzles and paradoxes through a study of "blindspots": consistent propositions that cannot be rationally accepted by...
An Examination of W. V. Quine's Theory of Knowledge