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buddhism

Buddhism: Key Ideas

From Abhidhamma to Zen, this book offers a simple introduction to key Buddhist ideas - each explained in straightforward language.

Available in Kindle format for only £1.53!

Click on the cover for further information...


Self with or without selfies

For a good review article by Stan Persky (on Barry Dainton's 'Self') covering issues on 'self' and 'consciousness' click here. This provides a wide overview of issues, although I'm never quite sure of the value of thought experiments. Well worth reading.


There is some wonderful material out there on the web; but new sites and blogs are appearing all the time, and it's difficult to keep track.

Therefore, I'd be very pleased to hear from you if you find a site or blog particularly helpful - anything dealing with religion, philosophy or ethics. Just email me the details.


brain

The 'Hard Problem' of consciousness...

For the last 20 years, David Chalmers' 'Hard Problem' has been central to the Philosophy of Mind. How exactly does neural activity in the brain relate to out actual experience of being conscious? Click here for some of my thoughts on this and some other resources...

 

escalators

With apologies to Escher, here's my take on the confusions of existential doubt, choice and indecision...

To visit my Visual Philosophy page click here.


After 5 previous editions,

Teach Yourself Philosophy is to be transformed into...

Philosophy for Life

From the publisher's advanced publicity...

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.

In Philosophy For Life you will develop your own critical and creative thinking by exploring the key ideas in Western Philosophy and the arguments that continue to shape our world.

To be published by Teach Yourself Books - 5th Oct. 2017


New A-Level textbook for AQA RS!

JohnMy recent excuse (as of the end of August 2016) for posting little on this website is that I have signed contracts to work with John Frye on the Year 2 AQA A-level Religious Studies textbook The manuscript will be delivered at the end of this year and published in June of next year, in good time for the teaching year 2 of the course from September 2017.

And here's an photo of John Frye himself. It's our first book as co-authors, but we know each other well, having been to King's College London together back in the 1960s. The only thing I resent about the chap is that he seems to have retained a good head of hair!


Another reason why little new material is appearing on this website at the moment is that I have been busy working on my next book...

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In 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.  Fashionable in the radical days of the 1960s, their ideas, and the experiences that gave rise to them, remain surprisingly relevant in the very different world of 2016, when the old supernatural ‘God’ is still surprisingly alive, in spite of predictions to the contrary, and a new one - in whatever secular form she may eventually appear - struggles to be born.  It also happens to be a world in which people continue to slaughter one another for political, religious or ideological reasons, destroying the hope that the Great War of 1914-18 would be a ‘war to end war.’

I'm exploring the impact of the Great War on religious ideas, linking Heidegger, Bultmann, Hitler, Wittgenstein and others to work of the main characters, Paul Tillich and Teilhard de Chardin. It's the story of those 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.

Teilhard

This photograph was taken at Verdun in 1916 (copied, for purposes of comment, from 'The Teilhard Album'' Collins, 1966). On the extreme right is the French Jesuit theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He spent the war years serving as a stretcher bearer, and his experience of the horrors of Verdun in 1916 was to transform his idea of God and of the future of humankind.


To see my range of books on Philosophy, Ethics and Religion...

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Welcome to my site!

Need some help with A-level? Just click on the Notes for students link at the top of the page for notes on various topics in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.

If you are interested in a particular subject, try the links on the left, or select 'Books' above and go from there.

Questions, comments, or material you'd like me to include? E-mail me here.

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'In terms of secular ethics, Aquinas embraced Aristotle and strangled him at the same time!'

To see my views on Natural Law, written for A-level students and originally published in Dialogue, click here. Or, for general notes on ethics, use the 'Notes for Students' link above.


While on the site, why not visit my photo galleries?


mountains

Is the philosophy of religion and mistake, and what on earth has this to do with mountains and looking? Read more...