Thoughts and News

Redesigned Website

I’m very pleased to be able to announce the launch of this redesigned website. It is more elegant and simpler to navigate, and it has the great advantage that readers can directly view pdf excerpts of all the books. Feel free to have a look around.

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John Stuart Mill’s defence of freedom of speech

As societies become more divided, free speech tends to come under increasing attack. The temptation is always to restrict the ‘wrongspeech’ of opponents. If my opponents’ speech is wrong, so goes this line of thinking, why should they be allowed to speak at all? What benefit to society by allowing it? And what possible loss through […]

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Classic Political Philosophy for the Modern Man – Release

I’m excited to announce that the latest book in the ‘Classics for the Modern Man’ series, Classic Political Philosophy for the Modern Man, has finally been released and is available on Amazon here in both Kindle and paperback formats. This work follows on from Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man and Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man by introducing […]

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Shakespeare Tales

I’m pleased to report that the first three volumes of Shakespeare Tales have been published in paperback this weekend. These are: Shakespeare Tales: Comedies Shakespeare Tales: Tragedies Shakespeare Tales: Tragicomedies The fourth volume, Shakespeare Tales: Roman Tales, will be released in paperback next weekend. The fifth and final volume, Shakespeare Tales: Histories, will be released […]

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The Enduring Appeal of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations

Marcus Aurelius is one of the most widely appreciated of ancient philosophers. The work for which he is best known, the Meditations, occupies a special place not only in our intellectual and cultural history but also – for those who have read him – as an enduring source of ethical guidance. When I came to write Classic […]

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Theravada Buddhism and Thailand’s National Museum

One of the most thought-provoking things to do when you find yourself in a foreign country is to pay a visit to its national museum. Objectively speaking, of course, some national museums will be better than others. But it’s not only the scale or quality of the displays and exhibitions that matters. Of just as […]

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Bantu Philosophy

One of the most inspiring and intriguing books on African spirituality is called simply Bantu Philosophy. I wanted to include passages from Bantu Philosophy in my book, Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man, both because it would have been great to have African spirituality represented, and because of its own intrinsic interest, but unfortunately copyright […]

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Emei Mountain, Folktales, and Living Better

One of the main themes in my writing is how we can draw on traditional wisdom to improve our lives. Sometimes the traditional wisdom to which we can look is philosophy, and when that is the case its purpose and significance will often be self-explanatory. Sometimes the traditional wisdom is found in the great spiritual […]

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What Is the Perennial Philosophy?

One of the reviewers of Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man pointed out that it draws upon and reflects the ‘Perennial Philosophy’. This is a very astute observation. But what is the Perennial Philosophy? Let me suggest that there is a narrow view and an expanded view. The narrow view encapsulates the single core realization […]

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