philosophy and ethics

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You'll find free notes for students, a range of philosophical questions and extracts from my books on philosophy, religion and ethics, along with examples of my travel photography. Click any book cover for more information.

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From Reggie Perrin and The Good Life, to gnomes and distinctive front doors, the suburbs can be fascinating, especially when guided by witty but sensitive eye of Geoff Nicholson. Let him take you on a tour...

This book might even set you thinking about the meaning of 'home'. If so, take a look at my own latest publication below.

 


It's getting a bit chilly for this, but... Is it best to remove your clothes before asking yourself existential questions?

See more naked facts, with free extracts from Home and The Philosopher's Beach Book.

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Nietzsche craved the high alps; Heidegger his mountain hut. Where do you go for inspiration?

What is 'home' for you? A place? A person? A career? An aspiration? Something to work towards or escape from?

My latest book asks the most fundamental of all questions: Where do I belong?

Click here to see free samples from this book, or click the cover for more information.

Starting with Nietzsche's challenge to find meaning in a directionless universe, it explores the way we map out our personal worlds to create a sense of home.

From the orientation of temples in the ancient Near East, to the danger of being treated as no more than a customer or voter in an atomised world, it examines the importance of personal space and what we do with it.

Available from Bookshops or Amazon, with the e-book from only £1.99 / $2.99


Why 'Philosophy and Ethics'?

I believe it is important to explore 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.

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'!


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 £1.99 / $2.99

Click here for more information and a sample.


I'm happy to explore ideas from thinkers as different as Wittgenstein, Russell or Heidegger.

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But I am particularly interested in questions raised by Existentialism, and with the direct engagement with really offered by Buddhist meditation, because sometimes thinking is not enough.


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Questions or comments?

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Doing A-Level? Or just looking for a readable introduction?

Three of my former Hodder textbooks are now re-published in paperack and e-book editions for students and anyone interested in getting to grips with the subject ...

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Every question leads back to the most fundamental one: Where do you find your home?