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Books by Faculty Members

Baker - Economics & the Virtues

Economics and the Virtues: Building a New Moral Foundation
 Jennifer Baker

In Economics and the Virtues, editors Jennifer A. Baker and Mark D. White have brought together fifteen leading scholars in economics and philosophy to offer fresh perspectives on integrating
virtue into economics.

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Boyle - Descartes on Innate Ideas

Descartes on Innate Ideas
Deborah A. Boyle

The concept of innateness is central to Descartes’ epistemology; the Meditations display a new, non-Aristotelian method of acquiring knowledge by attending properly to our innate ideas. Yet understanding Descartes’s conception of innate ideas is not an easy task and some commentators have concluded that Descartes held several distinct and unrelated conceptions of innateness.

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Coseru - Perceiving Reality

Perceiving Reality
Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy

Christian Coseru

What turns the continuous flow of experience into perceptually distinct objects? Can our verbal descriptions unambiguously capture what it is like to see, hear, or feel? How might we reason about the testimony that perception alone discloses? Christian Coseru proposes a rigorous and highly original way to answer these questions by developing a framework for understanding perception as a mode of apprehension that is intentionally constituted, pragmatically oriented, and causally effective.

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Kierkegaard's Dancing Tax Collector


Kierkegaard's Dancing Tax Collector Sheridan Hough

Prof. Hough’s lastest book explores Kierkegaard's conception of the self through the lens of a minor character in Fear and Trembling. Her work touches on the debt to Kierkegaard owed by many existential philosophers, including Heidegger and de Beauvoir, and explores thematic affinities with Nietzsche.


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Hough - Mirror's Fathom

Mirror's Fathom
A Novel

Sheridan Hough

Mirror’s Fathom is the story of Tycho Wilhelm Lund—anarchist, pirate, and thief of a legendary mirror. Tycho is also a great-nephew of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and is, when the novel begins, a mild-mannered antiques dealer who is asked to assess the value of some furniture at the home of Regine Schlegel, Kierkegaard’s famously jilted former love. Upon his arrival, Tycho—who has no interest in philosophy—finds himself at a meeting of the Kierkegaard Circle, a group faithfully reading aloud Kierkegaard’s works.

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Nietzsche's Noontide Friend

Nietzsche's Noontide Friend
The Self as Metaphoric Double

Sheridan Hough

Ever since Heidegger lectured on Nietzsche, philosophers have stressed the active side of the Übermensch, the self who aggressively consumes and exploits value. Sheridan Hough, however, argues that there is a distinctly receptive and passive side to the Nietzschean self, and thus a pervasive doubleness in Nietzsche's thought that hasn't been explored before. This doubleness is the focus of Hough's attention here.

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Krasnoff - Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
An Introduction

Larry Krasnoff

This book introduces Hegel’s best known and most influential work, Phenomenology of Spirit, by interpreting it as a unified argument for a single philosophical claim: that human beings achieve their freedom through retrospective self-understanding. In clear, non-technical prose, Larry Krasnoff sets this claim in the context of the history of modern philosophy and shows how it is developed in the major sections of Hegel’s text.

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Krasnoff - Essays on the History of Autonomy

New Essays on the History of Autonomy
A Collection Honoring J. B. Schneewind

 Larry Krasnoff and Natalie Brender, editors

Norms of Assertion


Norms of Assertion: Truth, Lies, and Warrant

Rachel McKinnon

When we make claims to each other, we're asserting. But what does it take to assert well? Do we need to know what we're talking about? This book argues that we don't. In fact, it argues that in some special contexts, we can lie.

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The Future of Punishment


The Future of Punishment
Thomas Nadelhoffer, editor

The Future of Punishment brings together some of the leading researchers in philosophy, psychology, and the law to discuss the future of punishment and retribution in a thoroughly interdisciplinary way.

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Nadelhoffer - Moral Psychology

Moral Psychology
Historical and Contemporary Readings

Thomas Nadelhoffer, editor

Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings is the first book to bring together the most significant contemporary and historical works on the topic from both philosophy and psychology.

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