The Institute publishes two books each year. The first is a volume which brings together the lectures given in the London Lecture Series. These lectures are themed and give leading philosophers a free hand to approach topics as they see fit. The result is often surprising and always interesting.

The second book collects papers given at the most recent Royal Institute of Philosophy conference. These books are snapshots of current thinking about particular topics, often honed in the light of expert commentary.

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Recent volumes

Human Nature, edited by Constantine Sandis and M. J. Cain. 

An understanding of human nature has been central to the work of some of the greatests philosophcial thinkers including Aristotle, Hobbes, Descartes, Hume, Rousseau, Freud and Marx.  Questions such as “What is human nature?”, “Is there such a thing as an exclusively human nature?”, and “To what extent are our actions and beliefs constrained by it?” are of central importance not only to philosophy, but to our gnereal undersanding of ourselves as part of the human species.

Political Philosophy, edited by Anthony O’Hear

This collection of essays looks at a wide range of topics ranging from terrorism, egalitarianism and the just war to considerations of the political philosophy of Edmund Burke, of philosophical liberalism and of the current state of utilitarianism in political thought. There are also treatments of the role of innocence and of emotion in political discourse. The book features essays by Jonathan Wolff, Oswald Hanfling, Michael Otsuka, G. A. Cohen and more.

The Metaphysics of Consciousness, edited by Pierfrancesco Basile, Julian Kiverstein, and Pauline Phemister

What is consciousness?  What is its place in the physical universe?  How did it arise in the course of cosmic evolution?  Can there be a genuine scientific understanding of consciousness?  And is there such a thing as a genuine human self? These and related questions occupy a prominent place in contemporary studies in metaphyiscs and philosophy of mind.

Thought and Language , edited by John Preston

The relationship between thought and language has been of central importance to philosophy ever since Plato characterised thinking as ‘a dialogue the soul has with itself’. In this volume, several major philosophers of mind and language make further contributions to the debate. The book includes papers by John Preston, Donald Davidson, John Cottingham, Andrew Woodfield, John R. Searle, L.Weiskrantz, W.V. Quine, K. V. Wilkes, and Daniel C. Dennett.

Philosophy, the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, edited by Anthony O’Hear

Discussions of value play a central role in contemporary philosophy. This book considers the role of values in truth seeking, in morality, in aesthetics and also in the spiritual life. The distinguished contributors include Simon Blackburn, Jonathan Dancy, Paul Horwich, John Leslie, Timothy Sprigge, David Wiggins and others who have made significant contributions in this field.

Being: Developments in Contemporary Metaphysics, edited by RobinLePoidevin

What is it for an object to persist through time? Do things have essences? What is the relation between an object and its parts? Are objects more real than their parts, or vice versa? Could there be spatio-temporally coincident objects? Do we need an ontology of truth-makers? Such questions are the focus of the essays collected in this volume. The book features papers by Kit Fine, Peter Simons, E. J. Lowe, D. H. Mellor, and Penelope Mackie.