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Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

There are countless Contemporary Philosophy courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings (2015)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfIntroduce your students to philosophy with the most widely used, trusted, and comprehensive topically organized collection of classical and contemporary readings available.Easy to use for both students and instructors, Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings incorporates boldfaced key terms (listed after each reading and defined in the glossary), a “Logical Toolkit,” and a guide to writing philosophy papers.The seventh edition features eleven new readings, including eight by contemporary women philosophers, bringing the total number of essays by women to twelve. It is also accompanied by a robust support…
Author(s): John Perry, Michael Bratman, et al.

2. Philosophy of Language (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) (2018)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfNow in its third edition, Philosophy of Language: A Contemporary Introduction introduces students to the main issues and theories in twenty-first-century philosophy of language, focusing specifically on linguistic phenomena. Author William G. Lycan structures the book into four general parts. Part I, Reference and Referring, includes topics such as Russell’s Theory of Descriptions (and its objections), Donnellan’s distinction, problems of anaphora, the Description Theory of proper names, Searle’s Cluster Theory, and the Causal-Historical Theory. Part II, Theories of…
Author(s): William G Lycan

3. Philosophy of Language (Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy) (2012)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfIn this book one of the world’s foremost philosophers of language presents his unifying vision of the field–its principal achievements, its most pressing current questions, and its most promising future directions. In addition to explaining the progress philosophers have made toward creating a theoretical framework for the study of language, Scott Soames investigates foundational concepts–such as truth, reference, and meaning–that are central to the philosophy of language and important to philosophy as a whole. The first part of the book…
Author(s): Scott Soames

4. Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings (2018)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfIntroduce your students to philosophy with the most widely used, trusted, and comprehensive topically organized collection of classical and contemporary readings available.Easy to use for both students and instructors, Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings incorporates boldfaced key terms (listed after each reading and defined in the glossary), a “Logical Toolkit,” a guide to writing philosophy papers, and study questions after each reading selection. The eighth edition features nine new selections that broaden the book’s scope to include work by non Western…
Author(s): John Perry, Michael Bratman, et al.

5. Classic and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Education (2011)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfNow even more affordably priced in its second edition, Classic and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Education is ideal for undergraduate and graduate philosophy of education courses. Editor Steven M. Cahn, a highly respected contributor to the field, brings together writings by leading figures in the history of philosophy and notable contemporary thinkers. The first section of the book provides material from nine classic writers: Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Wollstonecraft, Mill, Whitehead, and Dewey. Their historically important works…
Author(s): Steven M. Cahn

6. Happiness: Classic and Contemporary Readings in Philosophy (2007)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfHappiness has long been a focus of attention for philosophers as well as psychologists. This volume, the only collection devoted to the subject from the standpoint of philosophy, offers twenty-seven classic and contemporary readings exploring the nature of happiness. Part I, a survey of the ways happiness has been treated throughout the history of ethics, includes writings by Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Seneca, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes, Joseph Butler, David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, Arthur Schopenhauer, John Stuart Mill, Henry Sidgwick, Friedrich Nietzsche, and…
Author(s): Steven M. Cahn, Christine Vitrano

7. Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings (2002)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWhat is the mind? Is consciousness a process in the brain? How do our minds represent the world? Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings is a grand tour of writings on these and other perplexing questions about the nature of the mind. The most comprehensive collection of its kind, the book includes sixty-three selections that range from the classical contributions of Descartes to the leading edge of contemporary debates. Extensive sections cover foundational issues, the nature of consciousness, and the nature of mental content. Three of the selections are published here for the…
Author(s): David J. Chalmers

8. Philosophy of Social Science: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) (2014)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThe Philosophy of Social Science: A Contemporary Introduction examines the perennial questions of philosophy by engaging with the empirical study of society. The book offers a comprehensive overview of debates in the field, with special attention to questions arising from new research programs in the social sciences. The text uses detailed examples of social scientific research to motivate and illustrate the philosophical discussion. Topics include the relationship of social policy to social science, interpretive research, action explanation, game theory, social scientific accounts of norms, joint intentionality,…
Author(s): Mark Risjord

9. Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction (2001)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis new edition of Will Kymlicka’s best selling critical introduction to contemporary political theory has been fully revised to include many of the most significant developments in Anglo-American political philosophy in the last 11 years, particularly the new debates over issues of democratic citizenship and cultural pluralism. The book now includes two new chapters on citizenship theory and multiculturalism, in addition to updated chapters on utilitarianism, liberal egalitarianism, libertarianism, socialism, communitarianism, and feminism. The many thinkers discussed include G. A. Cohen, Ronald Dworkin,…
Author(s): Will Kymlicka

10. Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time (Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy) (2015)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis concise book introduces nonphysicists to the core philosophical issues surrounding the nature and structure of space and time, and is also an ideal resource for physicists interested in the conceptual foundations of space-time theory. Tim Maudlin’s broad historical overview examines Aristotelian and Newtonian accounts of space and time, and traces how Galileo’s conceptions of relativity and space-time led to Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity. Maudlin explains special relativity with enough detail to solve concrete physical problems while presenting general relativity in more qualitative terms. Additional…
Author(s): Tim Maudlin

11. Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Anthology (2005)

 Best Contemporary Philosophy Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis authoritative collection of the seminal texts in post-war political philosophy has now been updated and expanded. #962,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3106 in Political Philosophy (Books) #10201 in Political Science (Books) #6080 in Philosophy (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Robert E. Goodin, Philip Pettit

Best Contemporary Philosophy Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some contemporary philosophy books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Philosophy Of Logical Systems

Author(s): Jaroslav Peregrin
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2442719

Consequences of reference failure

Author(s): McKinsey, Michael
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2462824

Digital Hermeneutics: Philosophical Investigations In New Media And Technologies

Author(s): Alberto Romele
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2463062

Between Deontology And Justice: Chinese And Western Perspectives

Author(s): Genyou Wu
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2473275

The Voice of Misery: A Continental Philosophy of Testimony

Author(s): Gert-Jan van der Heiden
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Year: 2020, Size: 735 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2488429

Hegel and Contemporary Practical Philosophy: Beyond Kantian Constructivism (Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought)

Author(s): James Gledhill (editor), Sebastian Stein (editor)
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2546836

Phenomenology: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)

Author(s): Walter Hopp
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2552065

Marx And Contemporary Critical Theory: The Philosophy Of Real Abstraction

Author(s): Antonio Oliva, Angel Oliva, Ivan Novara
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2557013

Love and Violence: The Vexatious Factors of Civilization

Author(s): Lea Melandri
Publisher: Suny Press, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2300644

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly record-breakers according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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