12 Modern Philosophers / Edition 1

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Overview

12 Modern philosophers explore the ideas of twelve of the most influential contemporary thinkers tackling the fundamental concerns of philosophy, from logic and metaphysics to ethics and political philosophy. Each major figure is examined by a specialist in the field, offering and accessible overview of their key ideas, works, and influences. What emerges is a rich and illuminating portrait of the current state of academic philosophy in the broadly Anglo-American, or "analytic," tradition.
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"The 12 essays by 12 different authors are clear and concise; they offer both summaries and critiques that give valuable guidance to those who are new to the writings of these thinkers." (CHOICE, 2009)

“It is recommended not only to readers not yet familiar with philosophical discourse and concerns, but also to 'insiders' who wish to get a clearer view of the various debates and discussions that are taking place in philosophy today.” (Metapsychology, August 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405152617
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/9/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Belshaw is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Staff Tutor with the Open University. He works mainly at the theoretical end of applied ethics. He is the author of Ideas (1998), Environmental Philosophy (2001), and 10 Good Questions About Life and Death (Blackwell, 2005). Another book, Annihilation: The Sense and Significance of Death, is forthcoming (2009).

  Gary Kemp is Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Glasgow. He works in the philosophy of logic and language, on Frege, Russell, Quine, and Davidson, and on aesthetics and philosophical themes in literature. He is the author of Quine: A Guide for the Perplexed (2005) and, with Tracy Bowell, of Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide (3rd edn. 2009).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Christopher Belshaw Belshaw, Christopher Gary Kemp Kemp, Gary 1

1 Quine A. W. Moore Moore, A. W. 16

2 Rawls Thomas Baldwin Baldwin, Thomas 34

3 Davidson Ernie Lepore Lepore, Ernie Kirk Ludwig Ludwig, Kirk 54

4 Williams Catherine Wilson Wilson, Catherine 76

5 Rorty Alan Malachowski Malachowski, Alan 94

6 Fodor Jose Luis Bermudez Bermudez, Jose Luis 115

7 Nagel Sonia Sedivy Sedivy, Sonia 134

8 Kripke Alexander Bird Bird, Alexander 153

9 Nozick A. R. Lacey Lacey, A. R. 173

10 Parfit Jacob Ross Ross, Jacob 192

11 McDowell Marie McGinn McGinn, Marie 216

12 Singer Lori Gruen Gruen, Lori 212

Index 251

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