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John Cottingham is an English philosopher and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Reading, Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London, and Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford.

His work has focussed on early-modern philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and moral philosophy. He has published thirty books – thirteen as sole author, a further nine editions and translations, plus (either as single or joint editor) eight edited collections – together with over 130 articles in learned journals or books. His books include Descartes, The Rationalists, Philosophy and the Good Life, On the Meaning of Life, The Spiritual Dimension (Cambridge, 2005), Cartesian Reflections (Oxford, 2008), Why Believe? (Continuum 2009) and Philosophy of Religion: Towards a More Humane Approach (Cambridge, 2014).

He is co-editor and translator of the three-volume standard Cambridge edition of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes. From 1993-2012 he was editor of Ratio, the international journal of analytic philosophy. The Moral Life, a Festschrift honouring his work on moral psychology, ethics and religion, was published in 2008.

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Reading
Professorial Research Fellow, Heythrop College, London
 John  Cottingham



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