Books

There are reviews of my books here.

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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.

The Story of Philosophy: A History of Western Thought

Here’s a book, co-authored with Jeremy Stangroom.  According to the back cover, ‘Philosophy can’t be pinned down.  There are histories that attempt to stitch the whole convoluted thing up into a single long, coherent sequence of events.  Other books are organized thematically.  Here we have metaphysics.  This is ethics.  Here’s what we know about the nature of knowledge.  Some of these books are excellent, but they’re all attempts to civilize something wild, something that mostly mistrusts authority, something that’s really only human, something messy that moves around in several different directions at once.  Maybe the best way to pass along a feel for this kind of thing is to do what people have always done when they’ve got a great deal of complicated information to convey, and that’s tell a story.’

The Story of Philosophy at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

The Ethics of Climate Change

‘The Ethics of Climate Change is a model of philosophical reasoning about one of the greatest moral challenges any generation has ever faced. If you don’t yet know why you should be morally outraged about the present situation, read this book. Calmly, carefully, with well-marshalled facts and sound argument, Garvey shows us just how badly the nations of the industrialized world — and the citizens of those nations — are behaving. He also tells us what we need to do about it.’

— Peter Singer, Ira W DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

The Ethics of Climate Change on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

French translation by Sandrine Lamotte; Spanish translation by someone else; German translation by yet another person.

The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books

‘The competition among philosophy popularisers is getting ever more intense by the minute, and the bad news for the rest of the field is that Garvey seems to understand more deeply, write better and explain more clearly than anyone else. ‘ — Julian Baggini, Times Higher

The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Continuum Companion to Philosophy of Mind

From the cover:  ‘The Continuum Companion to Philosophy of Mind is a genuinely useful guide to research into the philosophy of mind. Its clear introduction, helpful glossary of key terms, overview of current research, consideration of new trends and directions of research, comprehensive bibliography and chronology of major publications and events will help beginning students hit the ground running and serve as helpful signposts for even advanced researchers. Ten specially commissioned essays will be of interest to researchers at all levels. Written by philosophers pre-eminent in their fields, these papers not only explain the fundamental questions asked by contemporary philosophy of mind but take a stand on the possible answers too. ‘

The Continuum Companion to Philosophy of Mind at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

The Great Philosophers

Here’s a book co-authored with Jeremy Stangroom.  I have no idea who’s responsible for the ‘light shining’ and ‘triumvirate’ business — I hope it wasn’t me — but this is from the cover blurb. ‘From the Greek triumvirate of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, whose light shines down the centuries to reach us even now, to the social theorist Michel Foucault, the greatest names of philosophy are represented here. Each essay gives a biographical background for its subject and a description of the main strands of their thought, together with summaries of their major works.’

The Great Philosophers at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com .  Now available in Iran, apparently.  In German, anyone?

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