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  1. On the Meaning of Life.John Cottingham - 2002 - New York: Routledge.
    The question 'What is the meaning of life?' is one of the most fascinating, oldest and most difficult questions human beings have ever posed themselves. In an increasingly secularized culture, it remains a question to which we are ineluctably and powerfully drawn. Drawing skillfully on a wealth of thinkers, writers and scientists from Augustine, Descartes, Freud and Camus, to Spinoza, Pascal, Darwin, and Wittgenstein, _On the Meaning of Life_ breathes new vitality into one of the very biggest questions.
  2. The Philosophical Writings of Descartes: Volume 1.John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff & Dugald Murdoch (eds.) - 1629 - Cambridge University Press.
    A completely new translation of the works of Descartes is intended to replace the Haldane and Ross edition, first published in 1911. All material from that edition is translated here, with a number of other texts crucial for understanding Cartesian philosophy.
  3. The spiritual dimension: religion, philosophy, and human value.John Cottingham - 2005 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    The Spiritual Dimension offers a new model for the philosophy of religion, bringing together emotional and intellectual aspects of our human experience, and embracing practical as well as theoretical concerns. It shows how a religious worldview is best understood not as an isolated set of doctrines, but as intimately related to spiritual praxis and to the search for self-understanding and moral growth. It argues that the religious quest requires a certain emotional openness, but can be pursued without sacrificing our philosophical (...)
  4. Descartes.John Cottingham (ed.) - 1986 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    This volume brings together some of the best articles on Descartes published in the last fifty years. Edited by the renowned Descartes specialist John Cottingham, the selection covers the full range of Descartes's thought, including chapters on the central issues in Cartesian metaphysics, the relationship between mind and body, human nature and the passions, and the structure of scientific explanation.
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    The Philosophical Writings of Descartes.John Carriero, Paul Hoffman, John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff & Dugald Murdoch - 1990 - Philosophical Review 99 (1):93.
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    Trials and Punishments.John Cottingham & R. A. Duff - 1987 - Philosophical Quarterly 37 (149):448.
    How can a system of criminal punishment be justified? In particular can it be justified if the moral demand that we respect each other as autonomous moral agents is taken seriously? Traditional attempts to justify punishment as a deterrent or as retribution fail, but Duff suggests that punishment can be understood as a communicative attempt to bring a wrong-doer to repent her crime. This account is supported by discussions of moral blame, of penance, of the nature of the law's demands, (...)
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    The Spiritual Dimension: Religion, Philosophy and Human Value.John Cottingham - 2005 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    The Spiritual Dimension offers a new model for the philosophy of religion, bringing together emotional and intellectual aspects of our human experience, and embracing practical as well as theoretical concerns. It shows how a religious worldview is best understood not as an isolated set of doctrines, but as intimately related to spiritual praxis and to the search for self-understanding and moral growth. It argues that the religious quest requires a certain emotional openness, but can be pursued without sacrificing our philosophical (...)
  8. Partiality, favouritism and morality.John Cottingham - 1986 - Philosophical Quarterly 36 (144):357-373.
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    Philosophy of Religion: Towards a More Humane Approach.John Cottingham - 2014 - New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    Religious belief is not just about abstract intellectual argument; it also impinges on all aspects of human life. John Cottingham's Philosophy of Religion opens up fresh perspectives on the philosophy of religion, arguing that the detached neutrality of much of contemporary philosophizing may be counterproductive - hardening us against the receptivity required for certain kinds of important evidence to become salient. This book covers all the traditional areas of the subject, including the meaning of religious claims, the existence of God (...)
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  10. Ethics and impartiality.John Cottingham - 1983 - Philosophical Studies 43 (1):83 - 99.
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  11. Cartesian trialism.John Cottingham - 1985 - Mind 94 (374):218-230.
  12. The Cambridge companion to Descartes.John Cottingham (ed.) - 1992 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    Descartes occupies a position of piviotal importance as one of the founding fathers of modern philosophy; he is, perhaps the most widely studied of all philosophers. In this authoritative collection an international team of leading scholars in Cartesian studies present the full range of Descartes' extraordinary philosophical achievement. His life and the development of his thought, as well as the intellectual background to and reception of his work are treated at length. At the core of the volume are a group (...)
     
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  13. Varieties of retribution.John Cottingham - 1979 - Philosophical Quarterly 29 (116):238-246.
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  14. ‘A Brute to the Brutes?’: Descartes' Treatment of Animals: Discussion.John Cottingham - 1978 - Philosophy 53 (206):551 - 559.
    To be able to believe that a dog with a broken paw is not really in pain when it whimpers is a quite extraordinary achievement even for a philosopher. Yet according to the standard interpretaion, this is just what Descartes did believe. He held, we are informed, the ‘monstrous’ thesis that ‘animals are without feeling or awareness of any kind’. The Standard view has been reiterated in a recent collection on animal rights, which casts Descartes as the villain of the (...)
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    The rationalists.John Cottingham - 1988 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    The seventeenth century saw a major revolution in our ways of thinking about such issues as the method appropriate to philosophy and science, the relation between mind and body, the nature of substance, and the place of humanity in nature. While not neglecting the lesser but still influential figures, such as Arnauld and Malebranche, John Cottingham focuses primarily on the three great "rationalists": Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. He examines how they approached central problems of philosophy, and shows how closely their (...)
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  16. Partiality and impartiality: morality, special relationships, and the wider world.Brian Feltham & John Cottingham (eds.) - 2010 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    A central theme of the volume is whether impartiality and partiality are really opposed dimensions or if they can be harmoniously reconciled in one picture of ...
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    A Descartes dictionary.John Cottingham - 1993 - Cambridge, Mass., USA: Blackwell Reference.
    To confront the philosophical system of Rene Descartes is to contemplate a magnificently laid out map of human cognitive endeavour. In following Descartes arguments, the reader is drawn into some of the most fundamental and challenging issues in all of philosophy. In this dictionary, John Cottingham presents an alphabetied guide to this most stimulating and widely-studied of philosophers. He examines the key concepts and ideas in Cartesian thought and places them in the context both of the seventeenth-century intellectual climate and (...)
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    Cartesian Reflections: Essays on Descartes's Philosophy.John Cottingham (ed.) - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
    John Cottingham explores central areas of Descartes's rich and wide-ranging philosophical system, including his accounts of thought and language, of freedom and action, of our relationship to the animal domain, and of human morality and the conduct of life. He also examines ways in which his philosophy has been misunderstood. The Cartesian mind-body dualism that is so often attacked is only a part of Descartes's account of what it is to be a thinking, sentient, human creature, and the way he (...)
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    Philosophy and the good life: reason and the passions in Greek, Cartesian, and psychoanalytic ethics.John Cottingham - 1998 - New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    Can philosophy enable us to lead better lives through a systematic understanding of our human nature? John Cottingham's thought-provoking study examines three major philosophical approaches to this problem. Starting with the attempts of Classical philosophers to cope with the recalcitrant forces of the passions, he moves on to examine the moral psychology of Descartes, and concludes by analyzing the insights of modern psychoanalytic theory into the human predicament. His study provides a fresh and challenging perspective on moral philosophy and psychology (...)
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    Descartes.John Cottingham - 1986 - Philosophical Quarterly 36 (145):560-564.
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    Descartes' Conversation with Burman.G. A. J. Rogers & John Cottingham - 1976 - Oxford: Clarendon Press. Edited by Frans Burman.
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    Philosophy and the Good Life: Reason and the Passions in Greek, Cartesian and Psychoanalytic Ethics.John Cottingham - 1998 - New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    Can philosophy enable us to lead better lives through a systematic understanding of our human nature? John Cottingham's thought-provoking 1998 study examines the contrasting approaches to this problem found in three major phases of Western philosophy. Starting with the attempts of Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics and Epicureans to cope with the recalcitrant forces of the passions, he moves on to examine the fascinating and hitherto little-studied moral psychology of Descartes, and his effort to integrate the physical and emotional aspects (...)
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  23. Integrity and Fragmentation.John Cottingham - 2009 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 27 (1):2-14.
    The virtue of integrity does not appear explicitly in either the Aristotelian or the Judaeo- Christian list of virtues, but elements of both ethical systems implicitly acknowledge the importance of a unified and integrated life. This paper argues that integrity is indispensible for a good human life; the fragmented or compartmentalized life is always subject to instability, in so far as unresolved psychological conflicts and tensions may threaten to derail our ethical plans and projects. Achieving a stable and integrated life (...)
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    Conscience: what is its history and does it have a future?John Cottingham - 2019 - History of European Ideas 45 (3):338-345.
    ABSTRACTThis chapter looks briefly at the religious roots of the notion of ‘conscience’ in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, before examining the rise in the early-modern period of a ‘naturalizing’ approach that tries to explain our moral capacities in purely empirical terms, by reference to our natural inclinations and drives. The problem with this approach, highlighted by Joseph Butler, is that it fails to account for the authority or ‘normativity’ of the deliverances of conscience. An examination of the naturalistic approaches of J.S. (...)
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    Descartes and the Voluntariness of Belief.John Cottingham - 2002 - The Monist 85 (3):343-360.
    In a much admired paper Bernard Williams once observed that 'there is not much room for deciding to believe.' This is because beliefs are 'things which we, as it were, find we have', though of course we can decide whether to express them or not. That we cannot decide to believe something on command is not, Williams goes on to say, just a brute empirical fact about our makeup: it is not a mere contingent aspect of our nature, like, for (...)
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  26. A Descartes Dictionary.John Cottingham - 1993 - Philosophical Quarterly 43 (173):581-581.
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  27. The Philosophical Writings of Descartes. Vol. III: The Correspondence.R. Descartes, John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, Dugald Murdoch & Anthony Kenny - 1992 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 54 (3):571-572.
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  28. The Philosophical Writings of Descartes: Volume 1.John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff & Dugald Murdoch (eds.) - 2013 - Cambridge University Press.
    These two 1985 volumes provide a translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. They are intended to replace the only reasonably comprehensive selection of his works in English, by Haldane and Ross, first published in 1911. All the works included in that edition are translated here, together with a number of additional texts crucial for an understanding of Cartesian philosophy, including important material from Descartes' scientific writings. The result should meet the (...)
     
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  29. Philosophy and the Good Life: Reason and the Passions in Greek, Cartesian and Psychoanalytic Ethics.John Cottingham - 1998 - Philosophy 74 (288):282-289.
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    The ethics of self-concern.John Cottingham - 1991 - Ethics 101 (4):798-817.
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    Descartes on Colour.John Cottingham - 1990 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 90:231 - 246.
    John Cottingham; XIII*—Descartes on Colour, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Volume 90, Issue 1, 1 June 1990, Pages 231–246, https://doi.org/10.1093/ari.
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  32. Descartes' Treatment of Animals.John Cottingham - 1986 - In Descartes. New York: Oxford University Press.
     
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  33. The intellect, the will, and the passions: Spinoza's critique of Descartes.John Cottingham - 1988 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 26 (2):239-257.
  34. The lessons of life : Wittgenstein, religion, and analytic philosophy.John Cottingham - 2009 - In P. M. S. Hacker, Hans-Johann Glock & John Hyman (eds.), Wittgenstein and Analytic Philosophy: Essays for P. M. S. Hacker. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Irrationality and the Philosophy of Psychoanalysis.John Cottingham - 1996 - Philosophical Quarterly 46 (185):544-546.
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    Descartes' Meditations: Background Source Materials.Roger Ariew, John Cottingham & Tom Sorell (eds.) - 1998 - New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    No single text could be considered more important in the history of philosophy than Descartes' Meditations. This unique collection of background material to this magisterial philosophical text has been translated from the original French and Latin. The texts gathered here illustrate the kinds of principles, assumptions, and philosophical methods that were commonplace when Descartes was growing up. The selections are from: Francisco Sanches, Christopher Clavius, Pierre de la Ramee, Francisco Suárez, Pierre Charron, Eustachius a Sancto Paulo, Scipion Dupleix, Marin Mersenne, (...)
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    The Philosophical Writings of Descartes: Volume 3, the Correspondence.John Cottingham, Dugald Murdoch, Robert Stoothoff & Anthony Kenny (eds.) - 1984 - Cambridge University Press.
    Volumes I and II provide a completely new translation of the philosophical works of Descartes, based on the best available Latin and French texts. Volume III contains 207 of Descartes' letters, over half of which have not been translated into English before. It incorporates, in its entirety, Anthony Kenny's celebrated translation of selected philosophical letters, first published in 1970. In conjunction with Volumes I and II it is designed to meet the widespread demand for a comprehensive, accurate and authoritative edition (...)
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    Why believe?John Cottingham - 2009 - New York: Continuum.
    Belief and its benefits -- Belief, reason, goodness -- Belief and the unknown -- Obstacles to belief -- Belief and meaning -- Learning to believe -- Believing and living.
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  39. What is Humane Philosophy and Why is it At Risk?John Cottingham - 2009 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 65:233-255.
    Let me begin with what may seem a very minor point, but one which I think reveals something about how many philosophers today conceive of their subject. During the past few decades, there has been an increasing tendency for references in philosophy books and articles to be formatted in the ‘author and date’ style (‘see Fodor (1996)’, ‘see Smith (2001)’.) A neat and economical reference system, you may think; and it certainly saves space, albeit inconveniencing readers by forcing them to (...)
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  40. Philosophy and the Good Life: Reason and the Passions in Greek, Cartesian and Psychoanalytic Ethics.John Cottingham - 1999 - Philosophical Quarterly 49 (197):560-562.
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    Rationalism.John Cottingham - 1984 - London: Paladin.
  42. Descartes on `thought'.John Cottingham - 1978 - Philosophical Quarterly 28 (112):208-214.
    The article argues that descartes' inclusion under the label 'thought' ("cogitatio") of willing, Perceiving, Feeling, Etc., Is a deliberate and ("pace" anscombe and geach) idiosyncratic move. It is not an arbitrary extension of usage, But requires careful diagnosis. The proper diagnosis reveals the philosophical reason for the labelling: the various operations listed are "cogitationes" only and precisely insofar as they include a reflective cognitive act-The mind's intellectual awareness of itself which descartes terms "conscientia". The upshot is that when descartes calls (...)
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    Philosophy and Self‐improvement: Continuity and Change in Philosophy's Self‐conception from the Classical to the Early‐modern Era.John Cottingham - 2020-10-05 - In James M. Ambury, Tushar Irani & Kathleen Wallace (eds.), Philosophy as a way of life: historical, contemporary, and pedagogical perspectives. Malden, MA: Wiley. pp. 148–166.
    One of the great achievements of Pierre Hadot has been to chart how philosophy's self‐conception has shifted over time, first as the culture of the classical world gave way to that of medieval Christianity, and then again through the long and gradual emergence of the modern age. Hadot himself suggests that the crucial shift came in the middle ages, as a result of the growing dominance of Christianity. The chapter argues that philosophy in both its classical and medieval incarnations has (...)
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  44. The Self, the Good Life and the Transcendent.John Cottingham - 2008 - In Samantha Vice & Nafsika Athanassoulis (eds.), The Moral Life: Essays in Honour of John Cottingham. Palgrave-Macmillan.
     
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    Descartes' Conversation with Burman.Margaret D. Wilson & John Cottingham - 1978 - Philosophical Review 87 (3):453.
  46. Impartiality and Ethical Formation.John Cottingham - 2010 - In Brian Feltham & John Cottingham (eds.), Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Meaningfulness, Eternity and Theism.John Cottingham - 2013 - In Beatrix Himmelmann (ed.), On Meaning in Life. Berlin: De Gruyter. pp. 99-112.
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  48. Descartes.John Cottingham - 1995 - In Ted Honderich (ed.), The philosophers: introducing great western thinkers. New York: Oxford University Press.
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    The Mind‐Body Relation.John Cottingham - 2006 - In Stephen Gaukroger (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Descartes' Meditations. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 179–192.
    This chapter contains section titled: The Encounter with Matter The “Strangeness” of our Embodied Experience The Union Human Nature and Cartesian Theodicy The Transition to Ethics.
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  50. What difference does it make? The nature and significance of theistic belief.John Cottingham - 2006 - Ratio 19 (4):401-420.
    Theism is often supposed to be distinguished from atheism by the heavy weight of metaphysical belief that it carries. This paper argues that this is not as illuminating a way of distinguishing the theist's from the atheist's outlook as is often supposed. The key divergence consists not so much in matters of theoretical belief or philosophical argument as in practical differences in affective response and in the adoption of certain models for living. Two characteristically religious virtues, humility and hope, and (...)
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