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Heidegger: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Michael Inwood

January 2019

Very Short Introductions

Martin Heidegger is one of the twentieth century's greatest yet most enigmatic and divisive philosophers. Michael Inwood explores the major themes of Heidegger's seminal work, Being and Time, as well his later thought and association with Nazism.

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Stoicism: A Very Short Introduction


Brad Inwood

July 2018

Very Short Introductions

Stoicism is two things: a long past philosophical school of ancient Greece and Rome, and an enduring philosophical movement that still inspires people in the twenty-first century to re-think and re-organize their lives in order to achieve personal satisfaction. Brad Inwood presents the long history that connects these.

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Marx: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Peter Singer

March 2018

Very Short Introductions

Marx is one of the most influential philosophers of all time, whose theories about society, economics, and politics have shaped and directed political and social thought for 150 years. In this new edition, Peter Singer discusses the legacy and impact of Marx's core theories, considering how they apply to twenty first century politics and society.

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Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction


Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, Peter Singer

July 2017

Very Short Introductions

Utilitarianism is one of the most important and influential secular philosophies of modern times, and has drawn considerable debate and controversy. This Very Short Introduction considers its origins, its relevance to modern moral challenges, and the arguments and discussions around utilitarian approaches.

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Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration


John Locke, Mark Goldie

June 2016

Oxford World's Classics

Locke's Second Treatise is a classic of political philosophy. It helped entrench ideas of a social contract, human rights, and consent as guiding principles for modern Western democracy. His Letter calls for religious tolerance and separation of church and state. This edition offers an essential guide to these two foundational works.

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Epicureanism: A Very Short Introduction


Catherine Wilson

December 2015

Very Short Introductions

This Very Short Introduction corrects the prevalent view of Epicureanism that often conjures up ideas of tasty delights and hedonism. Wilson explains the philosophical and scientific ideas of Epicurus and his followers and the legacy of Epicureanism on later European thought.

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On Liberty, Utilitarianism and Other Essays

Second Edition


John Stuart Mill, Mark Philp, Frederick Rosen

July 2015

Oxford World's Classics

The four essays in this volume examine the most central issues that face liberal democratic regimes. They tackle the protection of individual liberty, the basic principles of ethics, the benefits and the costs of representative institutions, and the central importance of gender equality in society.

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The Equality of the Sexes: Three Feminist Texts of the Seventeenth Century


Desmond M. Clarke

September 2013

The seventeenth century witnessed the first publications that argued for the equality of men and women. Desmond M. Clarke presents new translations of the three most important ones, with excerpts from the authors' related writings, together with an extensive introduction to the religious and philosophical context within which they argued.

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The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy


George Klosko

June 2013

Oxford Handbooks

Fifty distinguished contributors survey the entire history of political philosophy. They consider questions about how the subject should best be studied; they examine historical periods and great theorists in their intellectual contexts; and they discuss aspects of the subject that transcend periods, such as democracy, the state, and imperialism.

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Military Ethics: An Introduction with Case Studies


Stephen Coleman

September 2012

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Debating Same-Sex Marriage


John Corvino, Maggie Gallagher

July 2012


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Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction

Second Edition


Michael White

June 2012

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Classic and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Education

Second Edition


Steven M. Cahn

April 2012

The most comprehensive anthology in the philosophy of education, this acclaimed collection features work from both classic writers and contemporary thinkers.

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Classics of Political and Moral Philosophy

Second Edition


Steven M. Cahn

September 2011

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Killing in War


Jeff McMahan

February 2011

Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics

Jeff McMahan urges us to reject the view, dominant throughout history, that mere participation in an unjust war is not wrong. He argues powerfully that combatants who fight for an unjust cause are acting wrongly and are themselves morally responsible for their actions. We must rethink our attitudes to the moral role of the individual in war.

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Messy Morality: The Challenge of Politics


C. A. J. Coady

September 2010

Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics

Tony Coady explores the challenges that morality poses to politics. He steers a course between realism, which rejects morality in politics, and moralism, which has a distorting influence on a realistic political morality; he seeks to rehabilitate the concept of ideals; and he discusses the contentious topics of 'dirty hands' and lying in politics.

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On Human Rights


James Griffin

August 2009

What is a human right? How can we tell whether a proposed human right really is one? How do we establish the content of particular human rights, and how do we resolve conflicts between them? James Griffin offers answers in his compelling new investigation of human rights.

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The Politics


Aristotle, Ernest Barker, R. F. Stalley

February 2009

Oxford World's Classics

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Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account


Gillian Brock

January 2009

Gillian Brock develops a model of global justice that takes seriously the moral equality of all human beings notwithstanding their legitimate diverse identifications and affiliations. She addresses concerns about implementing global justice, showing how we can move from theory to feasible public policy that makes progress toward global justice.

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The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction


Terry Eagleton

April 2008

Very Short Introductions

We have all wondered about the meaning of life. Is there an answer? Is it up to us? Or is the question a bogus one? Terry Eagleton takes a witty, stimulating look at this most compelling of questions - and proposes his own answer.

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