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  1. The Philosophical Writings of Descartes.John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff & Dugald Murdoch (eds.) - 1629 - Cambridge University Press.
  2. On the Meaning of Life.John Graham Cottingham - unknown
    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.
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    The Spiritual Dimension: Religion, Philosophy and Human Value.John Cottingham - 2005 - 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 (...)
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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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  5. The Spiritual Dimension: Religion, Philosophy and Human Value.John Cottingham - 2005 - 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 (...)
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  6. Descartes.John Cottingham (ed.) - 1986 - 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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    Partiality, Favouritism and Morality.John Cottingham - 1986 - Philosophical Quarterly 36 (144):357-373.
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  8. Partiality and Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World.Brian Feltham & John Cottingham (eds.) - 2010 - 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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    The Philosophical Writings of Descartes.John Carriero, Paul Hoffman, John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff & Dugald Murdoch - 1990 - Philosophical Review 99 (1):93.
  10. Ethics and Impartiality.John Cottingham - 1983 - Philosophical Studies 43 (1):83 - 99.
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    ‘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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  12. The Cambridge Companion to Descartes.John Cottingham (ed.) - 1992 - 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. Cartesian Trialism.John Cottingham - 1985 - Mind 94 (374):218-230.
  15. 'A Brute to the Brutes?': Descartes' Treatment of Animals.John Cottingham - 1978 - Philosophy 53 (206):551 - 559.
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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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  17. Integrity and Fragmentation.John Cottingham - 2010 - 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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    A Descartes Dictionary.John Cottingham - 1993 - 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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  19. The Rationalists.John Cottingham - 1988 - 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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    In Search of the Soul: A Philosophical Essay.John Cottingham - 2019 - Princeton University Press.
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    Why Believe?John Cottingham - 2009 - 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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    Descartes' Conversation with Burman.G. A. J. Rogers & John Cottingham - 1976
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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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    Descartes' Meditations: Background Source Materials.Roger Ariew, John Cottingham & Tom Sorell (eds.) - 1998 - 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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  25. Philosophy and the Good Life: Reason and the Passions in Greek, Cartesian and Psychoanalytic Ethics.John Cottingham - 1998 - 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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    Philosophy and the Good Life: Reason and the Passions in Greek, Cartesian and Psychoanalytic Ethics.John Cottingham - 1998 - 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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  27. The Philosophical Writings of Descartes: Volume 3, the Correspondence.John Cottingham, Dugald Murdoch, Robert Stoothoff & Anthony Kenny (eds.) - 1991 - 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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  28. 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.
  29. What Difference Does It Make? The Nature and Significance of Theistic Belief.John Cottingham - 2006 - Ratio 19 (4):401-420.
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    The Ethics of Self-Concern.John Cottingham - 1991 - Ethics 101 (4):798-817.
  31. 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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  32. Descartes' Treatment of Animals.John Cottingham - 1998 - In Descartes. Oxford University Press.
     
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  33. 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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  34. 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 Smith ’.) A neat and economical reference system, you may think; and it certainly saves space, albeit inconveniencing readers by forcing them to flip back (...)
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  35. Religion and the Mystery of Existence.John Cottingham - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4 (3):15--31.
    This paper questions the idea that theism can function as an explanatory hypothesis to account for the nature and origins of the cosmos. Invoking God cannot dissolve the mystery of existence, and the characteristic religious response here is one of awe and humility. I then address David E. Cooper’s challenge of showing how a ”doctrine of mystery’ can have any discursible content. It is argued that certain aspects of our human experience afford us glimpses of the divine nature -- intimations (...)
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    Irrationality and the Philosophy of Psychoanalysis.John Cottingham - 1996 - Philosophical Quarterly 46 (185):544-546.
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    Descartes.John Cottingham - 1986 - Philosophical Quarterly 36 (145):560-564.
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  38. Descartes: Selected Philosophical Writings.John Cottingham, Robert Stoothoff, Dugald Murdoch & Anthony Kenny (eds.) - 1988 - Cambridge University Press.
    Based on the new and much acclaimed two-volume Cambridge edition of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes by Cottingham, Stoothoff and Murdoch, this anthology of essential texts contains the most important and widely studied of those writings, including the Discourse and Meditations and substantial extracts from the Regulae, Optics, Principles, Objectives and Replies, Comments on a Broadsheet, and Passions of the Soul. In clear, readable, modern English, with a full text and running references to the standard Franco-Latin edition of Descartes, this (...)
     
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    The Mind‐Body Relation.John Cottingham - 2006 - In Stephen Gaukroger (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Descartes' Meditations. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 179--192.
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    Why Should Analytic Philosophers Do History of Philosophy.John Cottingham - 2005 - In T. Sorell & G. A. J. Rogers (eds.), Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy. Clarendon Press. pp. 25-41.
  41. Cartesian Ethics: Reason and the Passions.John Cottingham - 1996 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie 50 (195):193-216.
     
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    Cartesian Questions: Method and Metaphysics.John Cottingham - 2002 - Mind 111 (442):447-449.
  43. The Moral Life: Essays in Honour of John Cottingham.John Cottingham, Nafsika Athanassoulis & Samantha Vice (eds.) - 2008 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
    Few contemporary philosophers have made as wide-ranging and insightful a contribution to philosophical debate as John Cottingham. This collection brings together friends, colleagues and former students of Cottingham, to discuss major themes of his work on moral philosophy. Presented in three parts the collection focuses on the debate on partiality, impartiality and character; the role of emotions and reason in the good life; the meaning of a worthwhile life and the place of theistic considerations in it. The original contributions to (...)
     
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  44. Western Philosophy: An Anthology.John Cottingham (ed.) - 2008 - Blackwell.
    Western Philosophy: An Anthology provides the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the Western philosophical tradition from ancient Greece to the leading philosophers of today. Features substantial and carefully chosen excerpts from all the greats of philosophy, arranged thematically and chronologically Readings are introduced and linked together by a lucid philosophical commentary which guides the reader through the key arguments Embraces all the major subfields of philosophy: theory of knowledge and metaphysics, philosophy of mind, religion and science, moral philosophy (theoretical (...)
     
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  45. Reply to Holland... The Meaning of Life and Darwinism.John Cottingham - 2011 - Environmental Values 20 (3):299 - 308.
    While finding no fault with Darwinism as a scientific theory, this paper argues that there are serious problems for the scientistic construal of Darwinism that interprets the universe as nothing but a purely random and contingent flow of events. Life in a godless impersonal universe is beset by contingency, alienation, despair, failure and fragility. Notwithstanding Alan Holland's claim that we can evade these problems though self-affirmation, I argue that human beings can achieve meaningful lives only by acknowledging our dependency and (...)
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    Human Nature and the Transcendent.John Cottingham - 2012 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 70:233-254.
    Let me start with the enigmatic dictum of Blaise Pascal: ‘l'homme passe l'homme’ – ‘man goes beyond himself’; ‘humanity transcends itself’. What does this mean? On one plausible interpretation, Pascal is adverting to that strange restlessness of the human spirit which so many philosophers have pondered on, from Augustine before him, to Kierkegaard and many subsequent writers since. To be human is to recognize that we are, in a certain sense, incomplete beings. We are on a journey to a horizon (...)
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    Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity. An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative By Alasdair MacIntyre Cambridge University Press, 2016. Xiii + 322 Pp, £29.99 ISBN: 9781107176454. [REVIEW]John Cottingham - 2018 - Philosophy 93 (2):303-306.
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  48. 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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  49. Rationalism.John Cottingham - 1984 - Paladin.
     
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    Reason, Will, and Sensation: Studies in Descartes's Metaphysics.John Cottingham (ed.) - 1994 - Oxford University Press.
    This collection of fourteen essays, all published here for the first time, offers a stimulating reassessment of the central theme of Descartes's metaphysics. The first section examines Descartes's place in the history of philosophy and his unique influence in shaping the nature of philosophical enquiry. The central sections of the book cover the Cartesian doctrine of substance, the place of God in Descartes's philosophy, and his views on the relationship between reason and will. A concluding section examines the problematice role (...)
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