Books

... in no particular order

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The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness (Granta 2008)

A recounting of the decade I was fortunate enough to spend living and traveling with a wolf-dog named Brenin. Some reflections on the stories we tell - lies, deceits, and a significant number of own goals - to distinguish ourselves from, and elevate ourselves above, other animals

Running with the Pack: Thoughts From The Road on Meaning and Mortality (Granta 2013)

An answer to the question of the meaning of life in a trim 207 pages. Nailed it. The meaning of life is play. Read the book if you want to know what that means.

A Good Life: Philosophy from Cradle to Grave (Granta 2016)

A rigorous examination of just about every ethical issue that could possibly arise during the course of a person's life. Also, something far more important: understanding the conditions of possibility of moral behavior. It's all to do with memory. No one noticed that bit.

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Can Animals Be Moral? (OUP 2012)

Spoiler alert: Yes!

Can Animals Be Persons? (OUP 2019)

The sequel of sorts to Can Animals Be Moral? No prizes for guessing the answer to this one. Of course they can. And many of them are.

Memory and the Self (OUP 2016)

An examination of the role memory plays in making who we are, It's not what you think it is. Forgetting is as important as memory. Introduces the idea of Rilkean memory as a sort of memory/forgetting fusion.

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The New Science of the Mind: From Extended Mind to Embodied Phenomenology (MIT Press 2010)

Exploration and defense of the idea that the mind is not located exclusively inside the head, and the science behind it. Where's the science, some critics asked. Aha! Husserl's conception of phenomenology as a rigorous science, that's where. When publishers don't pick titles - which they usually do - I like to make them inside jokes.

Animal Rights: All That Matters (Hodder 2013)

Animals have rights. This book explains why.

Body Language: Representation in Action (MIT Press 2006)

Representation is not, essentially, a phenomenon whereby the mind reaches out into the world. Rather, mental representations can exist outside the body, in the form of things we do to and with that world.

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Animal Rights: Moral Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2009)

Take a moral theory, any major moral theory, on that theory animals will have rights. Second, heavily revised, edition of Animal Rights: A Philosophical Defense (1998)

Animals Like Us (Verso 2002)

A defense of animal rights and an application to practices such as animal agriculture, animal research testing, zoos, companion animals, animal activism, and so on.

Animal Rights: A Philosophical Defense (Palgrave Macmillan 1998)

A defense of the idea of animal rights, even assuming the most hostile forms of moral theory. First edition of Animal Rights: Moral Theory and Practice (2009)

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The Philosopher at the End of the Universe (Ebury/Random House 2003)

An introduction to philosophy through the medium of blockbuster science-fiction films.

Everything I Know I Learned From TV (Ebury/Random House 2005)

An introduction to moral and political philosophy through the medium of highly successful TV series.

Fame

Examines the rise, and reasons for the rise, of New Variant Fame, aka Celebrity.

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The Body in Mind: Understanding Cognitive Processes (CUP 1999)

An early defense of an embodied, extended, enacted account of cognition. Cognitive processes do not occur exclusively inside the head. They also consists, in part, of  processes of manipulating information-bearing structures in the environment.

The Nature of Consciousness (CUP 2001)

A defense of a transcendentalist view of phenomenal consciousness. Consciousness is not only something we are aware of, it is also something we are aware with. The implications of this are surprisingly radical and profound. 

 Externalism: Putting Mind and World Back Together Again (Acumen 2003)

Charts the rise of externalism in the philosophy of mind - the view that what's going on in your mind is not determined entirely by what is going on in your head.

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The Environmental Crisis: Understanding the Value of Nature (Palgrave Macmillan 2000)

An attempt to make sense of the idea that natural systems have non-anthropocentric value, grounded in the embodied/extended mind.

Supervenience and Materialism (Ashgate 1995)

My first book, based on work I did for my doctoral dissertation. Lots of typos.