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Dr John Shand

John Shand

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Professional biography

Dr John Shand is an Visiting Fellow 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:


  • 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)


  • 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, (2019).
  • ‘A Meaningful Life’, in Human Affairs, Volume 29, Issue 4, 2019.
  • 'Assisted Voluntary Euuthanasia', in Daily Philosophy, June 2021.
  • 'Consciousness: Removing the Hardness and Solving the Problem', in Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, Vol. 77, No. 4 (2021).

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)