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Phil for life

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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.




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You'll find notes for students, articles and books on philosophy, religion and ethics, along with examples of my travel photography.

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brimstoneI have recently acquired the Brimstone Press imprint. In future you can expect to see the Brimstone butterfly logo on all my new books. Further information about the imprint and the 60 or so books published by the original Brimstone Press publishing co-operative, will soon be available here.

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Why 'Philosophy and Ethics'?

I believe that there is nothing more important than exploring the fundamental existential questions. Who am I? What is the purpose of life? What should I do? How can I find and promote happiness? How should I relate to those around me and the natural world? Such questions are crucial, urgent and universal, whether they are asked from a religious perspective or a secular one. They impact on morality, politics, sociology, psychology and the environment.

Where religious questions touch on the issue of what it means to be human, I believe they deserve to be examined carefully (but also critically) by secular thinkers. But I think it is equally important for religious thinkers to pay attention to secular questions, for they embody the exploration of meaning and value that is universal and relevant, irrespective of a person's cultural or religious background.

I take a broadly secular and humanist approach, but have been, at different times, both an ordained Anglican and a practising Buddhist. If you think that's weird, just read 'About Me'!

Doing A-Level?

Looking for a readable but substantial introduction?

I've re-published my former Hodder textbooks in cheap paperback and e-book editions for students and for anyone interested in getting to grips with the subject. Click any cover for more information.

Ethical theory Phil and eth science

coverIn 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 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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ethics for life


Explore the moral issues and arguments that direct our lives, express our values, and shape our future.

Ethics for Life, is an extensively revised 6th edition of my original Teach Yourself Ethics title.



Philosophers Behaving Badly

... lifts the lid on the human side of philosophy, but also introduces the ideas and the lives of some great thinkers.