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Dr John Shand

John Shand

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Professional biography

Dr John Shand is an Honorary Associate in Philosophy at the Open University. He studied philosophy at the University of Manchester and King’s College, University of Cambridge. He has taught at Cambridge, Manchester and the Open University. The author of numerous articles, reviews, and edited books, his books include, Arguing Well (London: Routledge, 2000) and Philosophy and Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy, 2nd edition (London: Routledge, 2014). He has been an editor of several book series.

Research interests

My research interests are broad, and include, in no particular order, rationality, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, value, theoretical ethics, applied ethics, philosophy of art, political and economic philosophy, history of philosophy.

Selected Publications:

Books

  • Philosophy and Philosophers: An Introduction to Western Philosophy (UCL Press 1993 & Penguin, 1994 first edition; Acumen Publishing 2002 second edition).
  • Arguing Well (Routledge, 2000).)
  • A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (ed) (Wiley-Blackwell, 2019)

Articles

  • A Reply to Some Standard Objections to Euthanasia’, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol.14, No.1, 1997.
  • ‘Induction: The Problem Solved’, Philosophy Now Issue 34, December 2001/January 2002.
  • ‘Innate Ideas and Immortality in Descartes and Locke’, Locke Studies. No.4, Winter 2004.
  • ‘Fear of the Future’, Think 15, 2007.
  • ‘The Bits In Between’ Philosophy Now, Spring 2007.
  • ‘How to live’ Philosophy 82 2007, pp. 343-344.
  • ‘Futile Definitions’, Think 18, 2008.
  • ‘Limits, Perspectives, and Thought’, Philosophy, July 2009, Vol. 84, Issue 3.
  • ‘A Refutation of the Existence of God’, Think, Number 26, Volume 9, Autumn 2010.
  • ‘Taking Offence’, Analysis, Volume 70, No.4 (October 2010).
  • ‘Abhorrence and Justification’ in Ethical Perspectives, Vol.17, Issue 4 December, 2010.
  • ‘Love As If’, Essays in Philosophy, Love and Reasons, Volume 12, Issue 1 (January 2011).
  • ‘A Valuable and Meaningful Individual Life’, in Journal of Philosophy of Life. Vol.1, No.2 (July 2011).
  • ‘Varieties of Good’, in the Journal of Leeds Philosophical Society. 2 (1) 2012.
  • ‘Kant, Respect, and Hypothetical Acts’, in Philosophy Volume 90, Issue 03, July 2015, pp 505 - 518.
  • ‘Why there is Something rather than Nothing’, in Think, 43, Vol 15. (Summer 2016).
  • ‘Free Will and Subject’, in Polish Journal of Philosophy, Volume 9. No.1 (Spring 2015), 51-70.
  • ‘Philosophy makes no progress, so what is the point of it?’, in Metaphilosophy, Vol. 48, No. 3, April 2017. ISSN: 00261068
  • 'No such thing as the good-life: A critique and plea for ignorance, in Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.8, No.2 (July 2018): 48-64.
  • ‘Readiness for Death: Sybil Speaks’, in Think, 18(51) 2019.
  • ‘Ideas in Music’, in Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, Vol.74. No.4, January 2019.
  • ‘A Meaningful Life’, in Human Affairs, Volume 29, Issue 4, 2019.

Teaching interests

My teaching interests reflect my research interests and vice versa.

External collaborations

Book Series Editing

  • Fundamentals of Philosophy (Acumen/Routledge, 1998-2006)
  • Philosophy Now (Acumen/Routledge 2001-2008)
  • Central Problems of Philosophy (Acumen/Routledge 1997-2008)
  • Continental European Philosophy (Acumen/Routledge 1997-2008)

Publications

A Meaningful life (2019-10-25)
Shand, John
Human Affairs, 29(4) (pp. 434-444)


Ideas in music (2019-01-23)
Shand, John
Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, 74(4) (pp. 1307-1328)


Readiness for Death: Sybil Speaks (2019)
Shand, John
Think, 18(51) (pp. 123-136)


No such thing as the good-life: A critique and plea for ignorance (2018-07)
Shand, John
Journal of Philosophy of Life, 8(2) (pp. 48-64)


Putting Animals and Humans to Sleep (2018)
Shand, John
Philosophy Now(129)


Philosophy makes no progress, so what is the point of it? (2017-04)
Shand, John
Metaphilosophy, 48(3) (pp. 284-295)


Why there is Something rather than Nothing (2016)
Shand, John
Think, 15(43) (pp. 103-115)


Nausea is the Only Truly Philosophical Novel (2016)
Shand, John
Philosophers' Magazine(75) (pp. 26-27)


Kant, Respect, and Hypothetical Acts (2015-07)
Shand, John
Philosophy, 90(3) (pp. 505-518)


Free Will and Subject (2015)
Shand, John
Polish Journal of Philosophy, 9(1) (pp. 51-70)


Predictive Mind, Cognition, and Chess (2014-04)
Shand, John
Analysis, 74(2) (pp. 244-249)


The Degradation of Human Relations Through Instant and Ever-present Communication, and the New Etiquette It Requires (2012-03)
Shand, John
Journal of the Philosophy of Life, 2(1)


Varieties of Good (2012)
Shand, John
Journal of Leeds Philosophical Society, 2(1)


A Valuable and Meaningful Individual Life (2011-07)
Shand, John
Journal of Philosophy of Life, 1(2) (pp. 74-83)


Love as if (2011-01)
Shand, John
Essays in Philosophy, 12(1) (pp. 4-17)


How believing in an afterlife can ruin your life (2011)
Shand, John
Philosophy Now(84)


Abhorrence and Justification (2010-12)
Shand, John
Ethical Perspectives, 17(4) (pp. 516-530)


Taking Offence (2010-10)
Shand, John
Analysis, 70(4) (pp. 703-706)


A refutation of the existence of God (2010-09-28)
Shand, John
Think, 9(26) (pp. 61-79)


Limits, Perspectives, and Thought (2009)
Shand, John
Philosophy, 84(3) (pp. 429-435)


Sandis in defence of four Socratic doctrines (2008)
Shand, John
Think, 6(17-18) (pp. 103-107)


Futile Definitions (2008)
Shand, John
Think, 6(17-18) (pp. 129-137)


How to live? (2007-04)
Shand, John
Philosophy, 82(2) (pp. 347-348)


Fear of the Future (2007)
Shand, John
Think, 5(15) (pp. 45-53)


The Bits In Between (2007)
Shand, John
Philosophy Now(61) (pp. 31-32)


Colin Wilson: Thought Against Defeat (2004)
Shand, John
The Philosophers' Magazine(25) (pp. 48-49)


Innate Ideas and Immortality in Descartes and Locke (2004)
Shand, John
Locke Studies, 4 (pp. 47-58)


A reply to some standard objections to euthanasia (2002-12-16)
Shand, John
Journal of Applied Philosophy, 14(1) (pp. 43-47)


Induction: The Problem Solved (2001-12)
Shand, John
Philosophy Now, 34


Health care discourse: A dialogue concerning the philosophy of health care (1998)
Shand, John and Seedhouse, David
Health Care Analysis, 6 (pp. 237-260)


Colin Wilson as Philosopher (1996-01)
Shand, John
Colin Wilson Studies, Pauper's Press, 8


Fallibilism and Realism (1989)
Shand, John
Explorations in Knowledge, VI(2) (pp. 22-36)


Grayling, Feyerabend and the constancy of sense (1986)
Shand, John
Analysis, 46(4) (pp. 211-212)


Philosophy and philosophers: An introduction to Western philosophy (2002-09-30)
Shand, John
ISBN : 9781902683638 | Publisher : Routledge


Arguing Well (2000-08-09)
Shand, John
ISBN : 9780415166867 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Introduction to: Colin Wilson Collected Essays on Philosophers (2016)
Shand, John
In: Stanley, Colin ed. Colin Wilson Collected Essays on Philosophers (x-xviii)
ISBN : 978-1-4438-8901-8 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars | Published : Newcastle upon Tyne


J-P Sartre & Existentialism (2013)
Shand, John
In: Payne, Michael and Barbera, Jessica Rae eds. A Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory, 2nd Edition
ISBN : 978-1-118-65125-4 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Oxford


Ockham (2001-07)
Shand, John
In: Arrington, Robert L. ed. A Companion to the Philosophers
ISBN : 9780631229674 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell


A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (2019-04)
Shand, John ed.
ISBN : 978-1-119-21004-7 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Oxford


Central Issues of Philosophy (2009-05)
Shand, John ed.
ISBN : 978-1-405-16271-5 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Oxford


Central Works of Philosophy v4 Twentieth Century: Moore to Popper (2006)
Shand, John ed.
Central Works of Philosophy
ISBN : 9781315710389 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Central Works of Philosophy v5 Twentieth Century: Quine and After (2006)
Shand, John ed.
Central Works of Philosophy
Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Central Works of Philosophy v3: Nineteenth Century (2005-08-24)
Shand, John ed.
Central Works of Philosophy
ISBN : 9781844650170 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Central Works of Philosophy v2: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (2005-05-12)
Shand, John ed.
Central Works of Philosophy
ISBN : 9781844650156 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Central Works of Philosophy v1: Ancient and Medieval (2004-10-01)
Shand, John ed.
Central Works of Philosophy
ISBN : 9781844650132 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London


Fundamentals of Philosophy (2003-05-29)
Shand, John ed.
ISBN : 9780415227100 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London