Philosophy Books

Over the last fifteen years or so I’ve written and published a number of philosophy books on a range of subjects, almost all of which are aimed at A Level and undergraduate students, as well as those new to philosophy and the general reader. You can see a list of all my published and forthcoming books below. Click on each individual book cover or title for more information, and to find out where you can buy a copy. Most books are available in print and digital editions, in various countries, and a number of them have been translated into different languages. However, if you have difficulty getting hold of a particular title, then please contact me and I’ll see what I can do to help.

Over the years, as well as philosophy books, I have also written a number of popular magazine and newspaper articles on a variety of philosophical topics – you can see a full list of these here.

A Note About Buying

While each book page provides a number of links to online places where you can buy print or digital editions in various formats, I would particularly like to help support independent bookshops. So, if you live in the United States, then you can help by purchasing through Bookshop. If you live in the UK, then you can use Hive Books. Not all books are available through these sites, but I’ve provided links where I can.

Disclaimer

You should know that I am an affiliate of Hive Books (though not of Bookshop), and so I receive a small commission for any philosophy books purchased through people clicking links from my site to theirs. However, this doesn’t actually cost you anything extra – you can find out more about affiliate links here.

  • Virtue: A Short-ish Guide to Moral Philosophy, Part 1 (forthcoming, November 2020) – AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER. A beginner’s guide to moral philosophy, this is the first instalment in a projected series of three philosophy books, each of which will cover one of the main ethical theories. This first book focuses on the virtue ethics approach of the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Written in an accessible, engaging and humorous style, while explaining and critically engaging with key concepts and issues, this is therefore ideal for the general reader, the A Level or undergraduate student, or any professional with an interest in ethics who is looking for an accessible read.
  • Descartes’s Dog: Animals, Machines, and the Problem of Other Minds (2020). CURRENTLY FREE. This short ebook takes a light-hearted look at the roots of Descartes’s philosophy, exploring the connections between his view of animals, his conception of the relationship of mind to body, and looks at what consequences these have for modern research in artificial intelligence and the persisting puzzle of consciousness. It’s an ideal companion read to my guide to Descartes’s Meditations (see below).
  • Instant Philosophy (forthcoming, Wellbeck Publishing, Feb. 2021) – AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER. This book pulls together a great many of the key philosophical theories and ideas into one concise volume. Each page contains a discrete “cheat sheet”, which tells you the most important facts in bite-sized chunks.
  • Paradoxes: 100 Philosophical Paradoxes from Achilles to Zeno (3rd Ed) (forthcoming, Metro Books, 2021) – with Gary Haden and Michael Picard. From from Zeno to Albert Einstein, the book explores the weird world of the paradoxical, from the counterintuitive to the downright absurd. On the way, it will introduce you to such topics as impossible objects, how to expect the unexpected, and the trouble with time travel.
  • Philosophy in 100 Quotes (Allen & Unwin, 2019). A collection of philosophical quotes from the past two millennia, brought together in the words of the philosophers whose work has changed our understanding of ourselves and the society in which we live. The accompanying commentary explores their meaning and reveals the life and work of the philosophers who said them.
  • What Would Marx Do? (Cassell Illustrated, 2018). An introduction to the theories and ideas of the greatest political philosophers using 40 everyday problems as springboards for exploring the political questions of our time.
  • 50 Philosophy of Science Ideas You Really Need to Know (Quercus, 2013). A straight forward and accessible introduction to the key philosophical questions at the core of scientific thought.
  • Philosophy: Key Texts (2nd Ed) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) – with Julian Baggini. An introduction to philosophy through an exploration of the main ideas and arguments of six of its most influential texts. Philosophers covered include Plato, Descartes, Hume, Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre. Ideal for A Level or undergraduate students as well as general readers.
  • Philosophy: Key Themes (2nd Ed) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) – with Julian Baggini. A no-nonsense guide for the student and general reader, clearly setting out the main arguments and ideas of six of philosophy’s central themes: theory of knowledge, moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, and aesthetics. Aimed specifically at students and general readers.
  • Words of Wisdom (Quercus, 2011). An introduction to philosophy through 360 of its most famous quotations. Each quote is explained and discussed in engaging and accessible one-page entries.
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). A guide to one of Friedrich Nietzsche’s most important works, it provides an ideal introduction for those new to his ideas. Suitable for A Level students, undergraduates, and the general reader.
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Descartes’s Meditations (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). A guidebook to René Descartes’s key work, serving not only as an introduction to his philosophy, but also key philosophical themes and concepts. Ideal for A Level students and undergraduates, as well as the general reader.