Writing

I write fiction, philosophy and children’s books. My fiction tends to be somewhat philosophical, and my philosophy tends to be somewhat story-like. Some books end up in the middle of these two things. You can find out about my publications below. Clicking on the covers will take you to pages associated with the individual books.

If you’ve come to this page, you probably want to know about books and things. But I also write academically. You can find out more about my academic work on my research page.

I write non-fiction and both popular and academic philosophy. I have interests in anthropology, art, Continental philosophy, Chinese thought, comparative approaches to philosophy, and the question of the relationship between philosophy and life as it is lived.


Stealing with the Eyes. 2018. Published by Haus Publishing / The Armchair Traveller. A memoir of anthropology, sickness, witchcraft and unpaid debts, set in the Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia.
Levinas, Storytelling and Anti-Storytelling
Levinas, Storytelling and Anti-Storytelling is a reading of Levinas in the light of the stories that he tells, and of storytelling in the light of Levinas’s thought. It was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013.
Finding Our Sea-Legs
Finding Our Sea-Legs: Ethics, Experience and the Ocean of Stories. 2009. Published by Kingston University Press. A book about ethics and stories.
A Practical Guide to Happiness: Think Deeply and Flourish
A Practical Guide to Happiness: Think Deeply and Flourish. Published by Icon / Totem Books in 2012 as Introducing Happiness, and reissued in a new (and far less yellow) edition in 2018. A brief and breezy introduction to various philosophies of happiness.

Snapshots of Museum Experience. By Elee Kirk & Will Buckingham 2018. Published by Routledge. By my former partner, the late Elee Kirk. After Elee’s death, I worked on revising and bringing to publication her book-length study of young children’s experiences in natural history museums.
The Philosophy Book
The Philosophy Book. 2010. Published by Dorling Kindersley. I wrote everything in this book from Nietzsche to Žižek, via Husserl, Quine and Kristeva, amongst others. The book has been translated into pretty much every language you could imagine.

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