Dr Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer, and illustrator from the UK. He’s been involved with philosophy for thirty years – studying, teaching, examining, writing – and published numerous philosophy books on various topics, most aimed at general readers. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook, follow his book reviews, and keep up to date regarding his writing, reading, and other matters via his newsletter, or by following and supporting him on Patreon. He also writes fiction, and is a professional book cover designer and illustrator.

Descartes's Dog: Animals, Machines, and the Problem of Other Minds – introductory Philosophy books by Gareth Southwell
Descartes's Dog

Animals feel pain – so much is obvious. But René Descartes didn’t think so.

Written in an engaging and humorous style, this short book investigates the roots of this philosophy, exploring the connections between Descartes’s view of animals, AI, and the persisting puzzle of consciousness, and reveals how Descartes's dualism has a surprising legacy.

Virtue: A Short(ish) Guide to Moral Philosophy – introductory Philosophy books by Gareth Southwell

Are you Happy? Are you fulfilled? Are you living a good life? Are you a good person?

Writing over 2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle argued that in order to do the right thing, you needed first to develop the right character.

Virtue: A Short-ish Guide to Moral Philosophy, Part 1, is a guide to Aristotle's virtue ethics. It is the first in a series introducing the main theories and concepts of moral philosophy to the beginner, student and general reader in an informative, engaging and conversational style.

Philosophy Books
Philosophy Books

Over the past two decades I've published numerous philosophy books on a range of subjects, mostly aimed at A Level and undergraduate students, as well as those new to philosophy and the general reader.

The Speculative Book Blog
The Speculative Book Blog

Book Reviews of All Things Philosophical and Speculative

Reviewing philosophy, psychology, science, technology, history, politics, and also fiction with a speculative element.

Contact me to submit a book for consideration – traditional and self-published authors welcome.

a novel

The winter her grandfather died, Cari Silvestri swapped her home town for a new life. But the past is not so easily outrun. Almost ten years on, Grandfather returns, his stolen memories repackaged by technology giant Merrywhile Industries as a slick marketing promo for their latest project: digital immortality. But when no one believes her, Cari’s search for proof and answers gradually draws her into a lawless digital underworld.

A sci-fi novel set in the near future, MUNKi is an intricate cybergothic fairy tale, a philosophical exploration of memory, death and identity, and the ambiguous role that technology has come to play in all our lives.

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