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Ratio Book Series

Each book in the series is devoted to a philosophical topic of particular contemporary interest, and features invited contributions from leading authorities in the chosen field.

Volumes published so far:

Developing Deontology: New Essays in Ethical Theory, edited by Brad Hooker

Agents and Their Actions, edited by Maximilian de Gaynesford

Philosophy of Literature, edited by Severin Schroeder

Essays on Derek Parfit’s On What Matters, edited by Jussi Suikkanen and John Cottingham

Justice, Equality and Constructivism, edited by Brian Feltham

Wittgenstein and Reason, edited by John Preston

The Meaning of Theism, edited by John Cottingham

Metaphysics in Science, edited by Alice Drewery

The Self?, edited by Galen Strawson

On What We Owe to Each Other, edited by Philip Stratton-Lake

The Philosophy of Body, edited by Mike Proudfoot

Meaning and Representation, edited by Emma Borg

Arguing with Derrida, edited by Simon Glendinning

Normativity, edited by Jonathan Dancy

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Elizabeth Harman is an associate professor of Philosophy and Human Values at Princeton University. Her articles include ‘Creation Ethics: The Moral Status of Early Fetuses and the Ethics of Abortion’ (Philosophy and Public Affairs) and ‘ “I’ll Be Glad I Did It” Reasoning and the Significance of Future Desires’ (Philosophical Perspectives).

David Owens became a professor at the University of Reading after having taught at University of Sheffield for 17 years. He has held visiting positions at London, Yale, Oxford’s All Souls College, Sydney and Lublin. He is the author of Causes and Coincidences (Cambridge University Press, 1992), Reason Without Freedom (Routledge, 2002) and Shaping the Normative Landscape (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Michael Smith is McCosh Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He is the author of The Moral Problem (Blackwell, 1994) and Ethics and the A Priori: Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and the co-author, with Frank Jackson and Philip Pettit, of Mind, Morality, and Explanation: Selected Collaborations (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Philip Stratton-Lake is a professor at the University of Reading. He is the author of Kant, Duty, and Moral Worth (Routledge, 2000) and the editor of Ethical Intuitionism: Re-evaluations (Oxford University Press, 2002), the new edition of W. D. Ross’s The Right and the Good (Oxford University Press, 2002), and On What We Owe to Each Other (Blackwell, 2004).

Peter Vallentyne is Florence G. Kline Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri. He writes on issues of liberty and equality in the theory of justice (and left-libertarianism in particular) and, more recently, on enforcement rights (rights to protect primary rights). He is an associate editor of Ethics.

Ralph Wedgwood is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California; he previously taught at Merton College, University of Oxford and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of many articles on various aspects of ethics and epistemology, and of The Nature of Normativity (Oxford University Press, 2007).