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Philosophy: The Classic Readings


Co-editor with David E. Cooper, Philosophy: The Classic Readings (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, Ltd., 2009). ISBN 978-1-4051-4585-5.

Presenting selections from both western and eastern traditions, it’s the largest anthology of classic texts in philosophy yet published.

The Ethics Toolkit

Co-author with Julian Baggini, The Ethics Toolkit (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Ltd., 2007) ISBN 978-1-4051-3230-5. 

“Baggini and Fosl have provided an admirably no-nonsense tour through the crowded landscape of contemporary philosophical ethics. Competent and helpful; this little gem will keep the pair in ale for many a year to come.”  -Ruben Berrios in Metapsychology

Translated into:

  1. Japanese: Tokyo: Kyoritsu Shuppan Co., Ltd

  2. Polish: Instytut Wydawniczy PAX

  3. Korean: Seokwangsa Publishing Co.

The Philosopher’s Toolkit


Co-author with Julian Baggini, The Philosopher's Toolkit (Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd., 2003) ISBN 0-631-22873-X.

"This book is ... an encyclopedia of philosophy. It should be of great use as a quick and accurate reference guide to the skill of philosophy, especially for beginners, but also for instructors ... highly recommended." Choice

Translated into six languages:

  1. Polish: Przybornik filozofa . Kompendium pojęć i metod filozoficznych (Warszawa: Instytut Wydawniczy PAX, 2010) ISBN 978-83-211-1869-7.

  2. Chinese: 哲學家的工具箱 (Taipei: Rye Field Publications, 2007) ISBN 978-986-173-288-6.

  3. Japanese: 哲学の道具箱 (Tokyo: Kyoritsu Shuppan Co., Ltd., 2007) ISBN 978-4-320-00573-0.

  4. Korean: 철학자의 연장통. 개념과 방법의 일람표 (Seoul: Seokwangsa Publishing Company, 2007) ISBN 978-89-306-0219-8.

  5. Greek: Ta ergaleia tou pilosofou (Athens: Kastaniotis Editions, 2005) ISBN 960-03-4064.

  6. Portuguese: Ferramentas dos Filósofos (São Paulo: Edições Loyola SA, 2005). ISBN 9788515035281.

Co-editor with Philip B. Dematteis and Leemon B. McHenry, British Philosophers, 1800-2000, volume 262, the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Detroit & London: Gale Research, Inc. 2002) ISBN 0-7876-6006-X. General Introduction mine.

Co-editor with Philip B. Dematteis, British Philosophers, 1500-1799, volume 252 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Detroit & London: Gale Research, Inc., 2002). ISBN 0-7876-4669-5. General Introduction and Hume entry mine.

Contributions also made to the following volumes

“Cracks in the Cement of the Universe: Hume, Science, and Skepticism,” in Robert C. Letiz, III, and Kevin L. Cope, eds., Imagining the Sciences: Expressions of New Knowledge in the “Long” Eighteenth Century (New York: AMS Press, 2004), pp. 257-90. ISBN 0-404-63543-1

“Metallica, Nietzsche, and Marx: The Immorality of Morality,” in William Irwin, ed., Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain Surgery (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd., 2007), pp. 74-84 (Chapter 7). ISBN 978-1-4051-6348-4. Also published in Introducing Philosophy through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, Hume to House (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), pp. 185-93 (Chapter 18). ISBN 978-1-4443-3453-1

“Should John Connor Save the World?” in The Terminator and Philosophy, edited by Richard Brown & Kevin S. Decker (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2009), pp. 218-35. (Chapter 16). ISBN 978-0470-44798-7

“Friends and Enemies in the State of Nature: The Absence of Hobbes and the Presence of Schmitt,” in Lost and Philosophy, edited by Sharon M. Kaye (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2007), pp. 159-76 (Chapter 14). ISBN 978-1-4051-6315-6. Second edition:  The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone, Sharon Kaye, ed. (Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2011), pp. 164-86 (Chapter 10). ISBN 978-0-470-63229-1

“Are the Heroes Really Good?” in Heroes and Philosophy, edited by David Kyle Johnson (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2008), pp. 240-53 (Chapter 16). ISBN 978-0-470-37338-5

The Philosopher’s Toolkit, second edition

Co-author with Julian Baggini, The Philosopher’s Toolkit, second edition (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), ISBN 978-1-4051-9018-3.

With Eli Fosl, “Vampire Dämmerung: What can Twilight Tell us About God?” in Twilight and Philosophy, edited by Rebecca Housel (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2009), 63-78 (Chapter 5). ISBN 978-0-470-48423-4

The Big Lebowski and Philosophy

(Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), ISBN: 978-1-1180-7456-5.

“Skepticism and the Possibility of Nature,” in Diego Machuca, ed., Pyrrhonism in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011), pp. 145-70. ISBN 978-94-007-1990-3

“Habit, Custom, History, and Hume’s Critical Philosophy, in A History of Habit: From Aristotle to Bordieu, edited by Tom Sparrow and Adam Hutchinson (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013), 133-51; ISBN 978-7391-8199-7. Also published in Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, vol. 7, David Hume: A Tercentenary Tribute, edited by Stanley Tweyman (Ann Arbor, MI: Caravan Books, 2013).  ISBN 978-0882061207.

“Sons of History: How SAMCRO Lost and then Found Its Way” (pp. 189-200) and “Anarchy and Authenticity: Why SAMCRO Shouldn’t Fight History” (pp. 201-13), in Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy, edited by George Dunn and Jason T. Eberl (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). ISBN 978-1118641576.