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Rousseau

Robert Wokler.

August 2001; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy; Political Theory. 188 pages.

Rousseau: A Very Short Introduction examines the role of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the European Enlightenment, and his critique of the political, economic, theological, and sexual trappings...

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Kant

Roger Scruton.

August 2001; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: History of Western Philosophy; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy; Christianity; Political Theory. 160 pages.

Kant: A Very Short Introduction tackles this exceptionally complex subject, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why the Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring. Kant...

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Plato

Julia Annas.

February 2003; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Ancient Philosophy. 120 pages.

Plato: A Very Short Introduction explores the philosophy and argument of Plato's writings, looking at Plato as a thinker grappling with philosophical problems in a variety of ways, rather...

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Hobbes

Richard Tuck.

May 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy; Political Theory. 168 pages.

Hobbes's reputation was paradoxical. He was hostile to dogmatism of every kind, yet he was seen as a brusque dogmatist. He was hostile to the intellectual authorities of the churches, but...

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Russell

A. C. Grayling.

February 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 20th-Century Philosophy. 168 pages.

Russell: A Very Short Introduction provides an account of the life of Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), one of the most famous and important philosophers of the twentieth century. It introduces...

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Schopenhauer

Christopher Janaway.

February 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 19th-Century Philosophy. 160 pages.

Schopenhauer is the most readable of German philosophers. Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original...

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Medical Ethics

Tony Hope.

September 2004; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Bioethics and Medical Ethics. 168 pages.

Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction provides an invaluable tool with which to think about the ethical values that lie at the heart of medicine. It deals with the thorny moral...

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Philosophy of Science

Samir Okasha.

May 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 160 pages.

What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction provides an...

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Spinoza

Roger Scruton.

May 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 144 pages.

Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction presents a systematic analysis of Spinoza's thought by describing the contours of this complex system of thought, and shows its relevance to today's...

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Locke

John Dunn.

May 2003; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 17th - 18th Century Philosophy. 136 pages.

Locke: A Very Short Introduction unravels the meaning of John Locke's political thought and his contribution to English ideology. One of the greatest English philosophers of the late...

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