philosophy and ethics

mugWant to know my views on writing philosophy?

See the interview I gave to Nigel Warburton on his Virtual Philosopher blog by clicking here.

This page has a range of views - my own and those of others - on a wide variety of philosophical topics.

Is it best to remove your clothes before asking yourself existential questions?

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

existWant to know more about Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre and the other existentialists? This book, co-authored by Nigel Rodgers, gives an accessible introduction to Existentialism.

Are these suitable images for existentialism? (Each suggests to me a feature of existientialism - click on them to see my views.)

WittgensteinThinking about language?

For my notes on Wittgenstein - from Tractatus to Language Games - Logical Positivism, religious language and much more... click here.


Phil for lifeYour basic introduction to Philosophy. Click the cover for further information, a detailed list of contents and some sample material.

Und PhilosophyCopies of the older edition Understand Philosophy are still available, both new, used and as an ebook. Click the cover for more information. (This is actually the more popular of the two books - so you are not going to be missing out if you go for this one!)


'The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.'

Plutarch's advice is an excellent starting point for exploring the philosophy of mind, or even the philosophy of education!

NietzscheGetting personal in philosophy....

'Every great philosophy is a confession of its founder, a kind of secret and involuntary set of personal memoirs.' - Nietzsche

Does your philosophy reflect your personal quest and values?

See more...

beachAnd for something that's easy to read but with plenty of ideas to get you thinking!

35 questions to ponder as you twiddle your toes in the sand - or in the snow for that matter! Just settle in a chair, pour yourself a drink, and enjoy a little light philosophy!

PBBNietzsche features on the cover of Philosophers Behaving Badly; not that he actually behaved particularly badly - sadly, more like - but his controversial ideas are certainly capable of being misused by those who intend to behave badly.

By exploring the lives and thought of six philosophers, this book shows that the life of reason does not necessarily lead to a reasonable life!

Reflections on the passing of time...


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Without conversation, philosophy is just dogma.

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

This link comes thanks to Aeon and Nigel Warburton.

Nigel Warburton's podcasts

These podcasts give extremely useful bite-size introductions to many aspects of philosophy and a chance to hear some of the greatest living philosophers enthuse about what most interests them. The podcasts have now been organised by theme, so you can scroll down his list and find what interests you. Just click here for the link.

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... Read more...

Thought experiments? How useful are they?

trolleyFed up with diverting trolleys, pushing fat men off bridges, or getting hooked up for nine months to a famous violinist? To download a talk by Richard Baron reviewing the way Thought Experiments are used in philosophy, along with my own notes and links to other books, click here.

quick thougtsNew to Philosophy? Here are some quick thoughts to get you started....

Why philosophise? / Of what are you certain? / Will nothing work better? / What's the point of knowledge? / Science and objectivity / The advantage of being awake / Is religious outdated? / Becoming yourself / What were you like before you were born? / Whereof we cannot speak...

Just click my image to take a look.


If you need to look up anything from 'Anselm, Saint' and 'Animals, moral status of' to 'Zeno's paradoxes and 'Zombies': just click here. This really is an amazing resource for anyone interested in philosophy. 

An introduction to Nietzsche...

Follow this link for a useful introduction to Nietzsche in the form of a Minerva Podcast. It is given by Dr Daniel Came, Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hull.

RussellIf you're into Bertrand Russell, you really should take a look at his Facebook page...

There are plenty of quotes and topics on which you can comment - and, being controversial and outspoken on so many issues, Russell invites just that - along with biographical information. You can scroll down through the page and explore topics. See it here.

Classic Texts in Philosophy...

If you want to read original texts, you can buy them ridiculously cheaply in paperback these days. Stick them on your shelves and impress your friends!

On the other hand, if you just need to look something up, or search for a phrase or idea within a text, here is the secret: Clicking on this link takes you to the classic texts section of Philosophy on the EServer, a website that gives you copyright-free texts, links to other websites, humour and much more.

'Whereof one cannot speak, thereon one must remain silent.'

... the ending of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

Nigel Warburton

Nigel's A Little History of Philosophy is an easy introduction of some of the great philosophers, and he makes it more interesting by not taking the most obvious aspects of each thinker. Click on the title to buy or for further information.

Philosophy Bites

Following on from the huge success of their Philosophy Bites podcasts, Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds produced a book featuring some of their most interesting and relevant interviews. They make philosophy accessible to those who might not have tried it before.  There is no need for more information about this book here because, if you click on the Amazon link, you will be able to 'look inside' and see the contents for yourself. (And for those of you in the USA, click here to go to

This is philosophy at its most engaged and enthusiastic! It provides a good, jargon-free introduction to some of the best philosophers working today and the issues with which they are concerned.


Everything Briefly: a Postmodern Philosophy

by Thomas Scarborough, published by WIPF & STOCK

For more information and to read my Forward, click here. 




Click the cover to see my review of Julian Baggini's very useful book for those exploring beyond Western Philosophy.

Julian Baggini's site...

julian bOffers big thoughts that come in small packages, along with information about his journalism, books and talks.

Click here.

mark vMark Vernon's

website is just full of interesting stuff, short extracts of pieces he writes for the Guardian, book reviews, comments on events and muchmore. Check it out at...

'We know our will is free, and there's an end on't.'

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

'New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.'

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding  John Locke (1632-1704) 


Curious to know more about philosophy? This double CD audiobook may be just what you're looking for. For further information, click here.


Why is there something rather than nothing?

iaiConsider a really big question, the biggest and most general imaginable, by watching a video discussion from the Institute of Art and Ideas. Just click here.

Philosophy NowWant to get into recent thinking in philosophy without getting bogged down in academic journals? Try a magazine.

Just click on this cover for links to some likely ones.

Kings College

The history of philosophy podcasts...

Professor Peter Adamson of King's College, has a series of podcasts which will eventually cover the whole history of philosophy. They are a valuable resource, both for students and those with a general interest in philosophy.  Each podcast lasts 20 minutes.


Plato stepping forward to teach in stained glass at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

To get into the challenge of philosophy and to enjoy the perceptions of a sharp mind and good humour, there are few better places to go than the work of David Hume - his 'Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding', is one of the great works of Scottish philosophy.

Looking for meaning in life from a secular point of view?

I think the following statement by Don Cupitt is a great starting point for reflection, whatever one's own views on religion and life. Click the link below to see what, I believe, amounts to a manifesto which any sensitive agnostic or atheist can subscribe, but which I regard as expressing the essence of what is best in religion.

Click here to go to the website.

I'm posting this here, as well as on the Philosophy of Religion page, because it's worth taking a look at this even if you tend to dismiss or ignore other religious issues.