Books and Chapters

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Hume’s Scepticism: Pyrrhonian and Academic, in Edinburgh Studies in Scottish Philosophy: Scottish Philosophy Throughout the Ages, series edited by James A. Harris. Author. Making a sharp break with dominant contemporary readings of David Hume’s thought, Hume’s Scepticism advances an original and radical interpretation of Hume as a thoroughgoing sceptic. The text does this by first situating Hume’s thought historically in the sceptical traditions and then interpreting the conceptual apparatus of Hume’s work both through the Pyrrhonian Fourfold and through Academic doxastic theory. Edinburgh University Press, 2020. ISBN-13 978-1-4744-5112-3. xiv + 392 pp.  At EUP here. Available as an e-book.

From the back cover: “No one else has gone as wide and as deep as Peter Fosl, who has taken a decisive stand on Hume as a radical sceptic. Nothing in philosophy is definitive, but this book will surely be a point of departure for Hume’s philosophy for a long time to come.” – John Christian Laursen, the University of California, Riverside

The Philosopher’s Toolkit, 3rd edition. Co-author with Julian Baggini. Whether used as a guide to basic principles or a resource for key concepts and methods, The Philosopher’s Toolkit equips readers with all the intellectual ‘tools’ necessary for engaging closely with philosophical argument and developing fluency in the methods and language of philosophical inquiry. Featuring accessible explanations, practical examples, and expert guidance, this text empowers readers to understand traditional philosophical thinking and to engage with new ideas. Malden, MA: Wiley, 2020. ISBN: 978-1-119-10321-9. Translated into nine other languages.

The Critical Thinking Toolkit

The Critical Thinking Toolkit. Co-author with Galen A. Foresman and Jamie Carlin Watson, the Critical Thinking Toolkit is an accessible and interdisciplinary resource that not only equips readers with the tools of formal and informal logic but also explains techniques of criticism grounded in scientific method, political theory, and rhetoric. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-470-65869-7

The Ethics Toolkit

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

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David Hume on God. Co-editor with David Purdie. A central problem for the non-specialist reader over the works of Hume today is that his mellifluous 18th-century prose appears strange to many contemporary. The central purpose of Hume on God is to open to Hume’s original target audience his writings on religious affairs; a topic that was of central importance to him – and which remains of perennial interest to humankind. Edinburgh: Luath Press, 2019.  ISBN 978-1-913025-06-9

Commonplace Commitments Thinking through the Legacy of Joseph P. Fell

Commonplace Commitments: Thinking through the Legacy of Joseph P. Fell. Co-editor with Michael J. McGandy and Mark D. Moorman; plus “Style in Teaching Philosophy” (pp. 31–42); “Placing Common Life: Joseph P. Fell and Skepticism” (pp. 87–104). Ranging from analyses of Fell’s texts to the prospects for Fell’s call to find the solution to nihilism in everyday experience, these essays gather the work of the authors thinking with and through Fell’s key works on phenomenological topology: Sartre, Heidegger, and John William Miller. Lewisburg: Bucknell UP, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-61148-730-5, E-book ISBN: 978-1-61148-731-2

The Big Lebowski and Philosophy: Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom. Editor. This volume explores the film’s philosophical, cultural, and political commentary. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-1180-7456-5

The Philosopher’s Toolkit, 2nd edition, Co-author with Julian Baggini. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4051-9018-3

Philosophy: The Classic Readings. Co-editor with David E. Cooper (Durham University). Gathering selections from both western and eastern traditions, it’s the largest anthology of classic texts in philosophy yet published. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4051-4585-5

The Philosopher’s Toolkit

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

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

British Philosophers, 1500-1799. Co-editor with Philip B. Dematteis. Volume 252 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography. General Intro (pp. xvii–xxii) and “Hume” entry (pp. 195–223) mine. Detroit & London: Gale Research, Inc., 2002. ISBN 0-7876-4669-5

Contributions to the following volumes

“Hume’s Teresic Political Skepticism,” in Sceptical Doubt and Disbelief in Modern European Thought: A New Pan-American Dialogue, edited by Vincente Raga Rosaleny and Plínio Smith Junqueira, International Archives for the History of Ideas. Dordrecht: Springer, 2020. ISBN 978-3-030-55361-6

“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, pp. 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, pp. 45–66. ISBN 978-0882061207

“Hume’s Skeptical Naturalism,” in Knowledge and Skepticism, edited by Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O’Rourke, and Harry S. Silverstein. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010, pp. 325–56. ISBN 978-0-262-51396-8

“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. Review in MLA Reviews 101.3 (2006).


“‘You Don’t Know Who You Are’: Imagining the Self in the Films of Christopher Nolan,” in The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan, edited by George Dunn and Jason Eberl. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017, pp. 167–78. ISBN 978-1-4985-1352-4

Co-author with Catherine Fosl, “Milton Rogovin and the Popular Front,” in The Social Documentary Photography of Milton Rogovin, edited by Christopher Fulton. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2019, pp. 89–97. ISBN 978-0-8131-7748-9

“Metallica, Nietzsche, and Marx: The Immorality of Morality,” in William Irwin, ed., Metallica and Philosophy: A Crash Course in Brain SurgeryMalden, 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; forthcoming in a second edition.

“Friends and Enemies in the State of Nature: The Absence of Hobbes and the Presence of Schmitt,” in Lost and Philosophy: The Island Has Its Reasons, 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, edited by Sharon Kaye. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2011, pp. 164–86 (Chapter 10). ISBN 978-0-470-63229-1

“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

“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. Review in the Guardian, 22 May 2009.

“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

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, pp. 63–78 (Chapter 5). ISBN 978-0-470-48423-4