Philosophy

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Empathy and Agency: The Problem of Understanding in the Human Sciences

Hans Herbert Kogler; Karsten Stueber

First Edition • December 1, 1999 • 328 pages

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How do we, as interpreters and theorists in the human and social sciences, understand agency? What are the methods, models, and mediating theoretical frameworks that allow us to give a reliable and adequate account of beliefs, actions, and cultural practices? More specifically, how can we as interpretive analysts employ our…

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Freedom, Fame, Lying and Betrayal: Essays on Everyday Life

Leszek Kolakowski

First Edition • September 3, 1999 • 160 pages

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Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski is renowned worldwide for wrestling with serious philosophical conundrums with dazzling elegance. In this new book, he turns his characteristic wit to important themes of ordinary life, from the need for freedom to the wheel of fortune, from the nature of God to the ambiguities of…

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Persons and Their Minds: A Philosophical Investigation

Elmer Sprague

First Edition • July 1, 1999 • 208 pages

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Persons and Their Minds compares the conflicting claims of mindism and personism and argues for placing persons at the center of philosophy of mind. Mindism stems from Descartes, takes the spectator stance, and makes the mind the subject of mental verbs such as know, think, and believe. Personism stems from…

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The Mind-body Problem: An Opinionated Introduction

D. M. Armstrong

First Edition • July 1, 1999 • 184 pages

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The relation of mind to body has been argued about by philosophers for centuries. The Mind-Body Problem: An Opinionated Introduction presents the problem as a debate between materialists about the mind and their opponents. After examining the views of Descartes, Hume and Thomas Huxley the debate is traced through the…

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Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Robert D'Amico

First Edition • January 1, 1999 • 280 pages

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Contemporary Continental Philosophy steps back from current debates comparing Continental and analytic philosophy and carefully, yet critically outlines the tradition’s main philosophical views on epistemology and ontology. Forgoing obscure paraphrases, D’Amico provides a detailed, clear account and assessment of the tradition from its founding by Husserl and Heidegger to its…

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The Proliferation of Rights: Moral Progress or Empty Rhetoric

Carl Wellman

First Edition • November 6, 1998 • 200 pages

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The Proliferation of Rights explores how the assertion of rights has expanded dramatically since World War II. Carl Wellman illuminates for the reader the historical developments in each of the major categories of rights, including human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, patient rights, and animal rights. He concludes by assessing…

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Aristotle and Moral Realism

Edited by Robert A Heinaman

First Edition • October 1, 1998 • 248 pages

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The question of moral realism — whether our ethical beliefs rest on some objective foundation — is one that mattered as much to Aristotle as it does to us today, and his writings on this topic continue to provide inspiration for the contemporary debate. This volume of essays expands the…

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Li Da and Marxist Philosophy in China

Nick Knight

First Edition • October 6, 1998 • 336 pages

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Li Da (1890-1966) was one of China’s most important Marxist intellectuals and a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party. He played a major role in the introduction of Marxist philosophy and theory to China and in its dissemination among Chinese revolutionaries. His works are now regarded in China as…

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Social Rules: Origin; Character; Logic; Change

David Braybrooke

First Edition • October 6, 1998 • 304 pages

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This collection is a pioneering effort to bring together in fruitful interaction the two dominant perspectives on social rules. One, shared by philosophers, lawyers, anthropologists, and sociologists, directly invites formalization by a logic of rules. The other, originating with economists, emphasizes cost considerations and invites mathematical treatment, often in game-theoretical…

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Laws and Explanation in the Social Sciences

Lee C McIntyre

First Edition • October 6, 1998 • 197 pages

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The first full-length defense of social scientific laws to appear in the last twenty years, this book upholds the prospect of the nomological explanation of human behavior against those who maintain that this approach is impossible, impractical, or irrelevant. By pursuing an analogy with the natural sciences, McIntyre shows that…

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