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The Persuaders: The Hidden Industry That Wants to Change Your Mind.

‘Fierce and timely.’ Read the review in The Daily Mail here.

‘A boisterous dissection of the forces jellifying our minds’ Read the review inThe Sunday Times

‘Garvey doesn’t pull any punches … It’s hard to stop reading.’ Read the review in the New Scientist here.

‘The author worries, rightly, that in losing the ability to argue and question intelligently we become more susceptible to the subtle and unseen skills of powerful persuaders.’ Read the review in the FT.

Read the interview in The Sunday Times in which you are invited to think of me ‘as the love child of Kirstie Allsopp and Derren Brown.’ (I told you these were the Last Days — good interview though, about persuasion and selling a home.)

‘”Neuromarketing” claims to make us shop but is it a decent thing to do?’ Read the extract from the book in The Independent.

Other books

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, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University and Laureate Professor, University of Melbourne, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics

“Open this book and James Garvey is right there making real sense to you. A new philosopher doing logic in the world. In a necessary conversation, capturing you to the very end.” – Ted Honderich, Grote Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Mind & Logic, University College London, UK

“Written in plain English, Garvey’s excellent book makes accessible to the reader the ethical issues surrounding global warming, and the literature too. It should figure on all relevant reading lists.” – Robin Attfield, Professor of Philosophy, Cardiff University, UK

“Essential reading for anyone interested in the urgent moral questions raised by our climate crisis.”  Mark Lynas, Author of Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet 

“It’s an excellent book to think with: Garvey has a delicious style, often very funny, and a trick of ushering the reader right inside his thought experiments.” – Stephen Poole, The Guardian Read more

“[With this book] you don’t get the feeling of being hectored by a preachy green, but rather of being addressesd like the intelligent adult that you are…Witty without being frivolous, explanatory but never condescending, engaging and challenging in equal measure, this book should become a campus classic.” – Jonathan Webber, The Philosophers’ Magazine  (Before I was editor I hasten to add)

“In this outstanding book, Garvey (Royal Institute of Philosophy, UK) takes a position on global warming that is fair-minded and supported by compelling reasons. In the first chapter he argues that global warming is occurring, that human activities have contributed significantly to this process, that it will have detrimental effects on people, and that the evidence for all this is largely beyond question within the scientific community. The remainder of the book makes a case for the claim that both individuals and nations, particularly economically privileged ones, have a moral obligation to ameliorate this situation. Garvey offers an excellent discussion of general moral issues such as responsibility, justice, and choice and their relation to global warming. He also presents a forceful rebuttal of the views that ethics is irrelevant and “merely” subjective. The concluding chapters propose concrete practices and policies that are morally required in response to global warming. Garvey’s arguments are clear and unencumbered with jargon…this book will be extremely helpful to anyone who wants a lively introduction to this topic. Summing Up:  Highly Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers.” –M. A. Michael, CHOICE

“When I canvassed my carbon-management masters students on their favourite climate change books … plaudits came in for … James Garvey’s Ethics of Climate Change … [one of a few] recently published, well-written books that increase understanding and provoke debate” – Nature 

“If you have a brain and a conscience it will make you think and probably spur you to action or even greater action. And whatever the odds against us, Garvey is right that our success or failure in this struggle will depend both on science and on philosophy, specifically on the moral choices we make and how quickly we decide to act upon them.” – Johnny Rook, Daily Kos Read More

“This book offers an excellent and ‘capturing’ (Honderich) introduction to the ethics of climate change.’ – Ethical Perspectives

“The book is a very good and, despite the challenging content, a very easy read. It is comprehensive in that Garvey initially outlines the science and likely impacts behind climate change and explains why the impacts will disproportionately affect the poor – those least responsible for the problem. It is ultimately a book about our choices and our responsibility, and as Garvey has said elsewhere, ‘We broke it. So we own it.’” – Mary Robinson, The Browser Read More

“This volume stands out as a collection of well-focused essays, useful resources, and a clearly written how-to introduction. The chapters, authored by leading philosophers, actually extend the research field. This is power hitting by some of the top thinkers; they cover all the bases for those in the serious game of philosophy of mind.” – Shaun Gallagher, University of Central Florida, USA, on The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Mind

“‘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  Read More