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Poststructuralism

Catherine Belsey.

August 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 20th-century philosophy. 128 pages.

Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture. What is language? Is there...

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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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Postmodernism

Christopher Butler.

October 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 20th-century philosophy. 152 pages.

How can postmodernism be defined? Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction challenges and explores the key ideas of postmodernists, and their engagement with theory, literature, the visual...

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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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Kierkegaard

Patrick Gardiner.

February 2002; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: 20th-century philosophy. 144 pages.

Kierkegaard: A Very Short Introduction shows how Kierkegaard developed his views in emphatic opposition to prevailing opinions. It describes his reaction to the ethical and religious...

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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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