Bio

I’m an officer of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and I’m editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine.  I have a PhD in philosophy from University College London.

My latest book is The Persuaders: The Hidden Industry That Wants To Change Your Mind.  Here’s the blurb:

Every day, many people will try to change your mind, but they won’t reason with you. Instead, you’ll be nudged, anchored and incentivized.  It’s a profound shift in the way we interact with one another. How did we end up with a world where beliefs are mass-produced by lobbyists and PR firms? Could Google or Facebook swing elections? Are new kinds of persuasion making us less likely to live happy, decent lives in an open, peaceful world? Is it too late, or can we learn to listen to reason again? The Persuaders is a call to think again about how we think now.

I’m also author of The Great Philosophers and The Story of Philosophy: A History of Western Thought (both with Jeremy Stangroom), The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books, and The Ethics of Climate Change. I’m editor of The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Mind and co-editor of the Think Now series of books on social and political philosophy.  My books have been translated into Portuguese, Korean, Russian, French, German, Spanish, Indonesian, Italian and Persian.

I’ve published papers in academic journals, and I’ve written for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Huffington Post, The New Statesman,  and the Times Higher Education.

Further details of my books are here, and you can read some journalism here.  There are reviews of my books by fundamentally decent people here. And there are some videos here.

I do voluntary work with homeless people for Crisis, and I teach jiu jitsu.

I am actually doing all these things right now. I never rest.