ethics for life

Off my desk and in to the publishers!

Ethics for Life, an extensively revised 6th edition of my original Teach Yourself Ethics title, is to be published in October.

In addition to giving a broad introduction to Ethics, this book - following Philosophy for Life, published last year - gives the subject a personal edge, exploring why Ethics matters to us as individuals.

More information to follow...

plastic litter

The saddest artwork ever? A display of litter taken from a beach in Suffolk, England. Plastic has become an environmental curse.

Through Mud and Barbed Wire


In June 1916, two remarkable religious thinkers found themselves on opposite sides of the battle of Verdun; for both the experience was uniquely formative, but they responded to it very differently. It transformed their ideas of God, their careers and their lives.

A German Lutheran chaplain and a French Jesuit stretcher bearer, although separated by only a few hundred yards of mud and barbed wire, tried to cope with, and make sense of, that horror of death and destruction on an unprecedented scale.

They – Paul Tillich and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – reflect a century of thinking about religion, politics, humanism, existential angst and the global future.

It's the story of those two men and their struggles with religious belief, but also of the whole way in which ideas about God and religion have been shaped and re-shaped during the last hundred years.

Paperback @ £7.99 / $11.50 | Kindle ebook @ £1.99 / $2.99

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Is it really like this ladder?

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And no - this has not been photoshopped! The ladder was just there, stuck in the mud with no visible means of support. Just there; going nowhere. Like life?


Philosophy for Life

Philosophy for lifeFrom the publisher's publicity...

Philosophy For Life is the essential introduction to the history of Western thought, covering key thinkers, both ancient and modern, and the major branches of philosophy. But more than that, it is a toolkit for developing new insights into the world we live in.

In Philosophy For Life you will develop your own critical and creative thinking by exploring the key ideas in Western Philosophy and the arguments that continue to shape our world.

Now published - in both paperback and Kindle versions

More information on this title...

Its first review on Amazon (from a 'Top 500 Reviewer', unknown to me) concludes:

'Mel Thompson's clearly written and intellectually stimulating book is a superb introduction which should appeal to the general reader as well as students of philosophy.'


Winter in the northern part of the Netherlands. Snow drifts across a canal near Achlum, in Friesland.

AQAJohnNew A-Level textbook for AQA RS!

Thanks to the labours of John Frye and Debbie Herring, with a more modest contribution from myself, the big new AQA Religious Studies textbook has finally hit the bookshops. So here's a photo of John Frye himself...

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To read Massimo Pigliucci's advice, and try Stoicism, click here.

Without conversation, philosophy is just dogma.

To consider the importance of conversation in doing philosophy, read what Nigel Warburton - the master of the philosophical interview - has to say by clicking here.

What use is a master's degree in Philosophy?

Emilia Gunnarson, a postgraduate student reading philosophy at the University of Iceland may have the answer for you...