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Name  Mel Thompson
Role  Author

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Fields  Ethics, Philosophy, Religion
People also search for  Nigel Rodgers, Jan Thompson, M.R. Thompson, David Applebaum, Jacob Needleman
Books  Teach Yourself Philosophy, Understand Philosophy: Teach Yo, Understand Ethics: A Teach Yo, Teach Yourself Ethics, Understand Existentialism: A Teach

Residence  England, United Kingdom

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Mel Thompson (1946-, England) writes book on Philosophy and Ethics for the general reader and for students. He was formerly a teacher, editor and A level examiner. He is also a keen amateur photographer, whose landscape and travel images are available on Shutterstock.


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Life and Education

Born in 1946, he was educated at King Edward VI School, Chelmsford and King's College London where he received a BD in 1969 (Shelford Prize for Philosophy of Religion; Tinniswood Essay Prize), M.Phil (as an external student) in 1973, and a Ph.D. in 1979. He worked for some years as an ordained minister within the Church of England before resigning to work within Religious Education and as a freelance writer. From 1990 to 1998 he was editor of the Religious Education list at Hodder Education.

He is a member and former Chair of the Educational Writers Group at the Society of Authors, and is interested in exploring ways in which new technology can enhance opportunities for writers.

Concerned that copyright should be respected and authors paid when their work is used, Mel Thompson was, from 2003 to 2010, a non-executive director of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, and was also a non-executive director and Chair of the Copyright Licensing Agency. For his views on copyright see the YouTube video published by the Copyright Licensing Agency in 2012.

He has recently been involved with a new A-level textbook for AQA Religious Studies, co-authored with Dr John Frye and Dr Debbie Herring, and has written a 6th edition of his most popular Teach Yourself book on Philosophy - entitled Philosophy for Life and revised to include introductions and chapters exploring the way in which philosophy may help us address personal and existential questions, it is to be published by Teach Yourself in October 2017.

Convinced that some things are easier to ‘see’ than to explain, Mel Thompson is a keen photographer, with a section on ‘visual philosophy’ on his website and a range of galleries. He also recognises the importance of personal roots, takes an interest in local history and is a volunteer at the Little Baddow History Centre where he manages the Centre website.


His many publications include philosophy titles published by Teach Yourself books (Ethics, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Science) and textbooks for Religious Studies, including Ethical Theory, Religion and Science and An Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics in Hodder Education’s Access to Philosophy series. One of his most popular books for schools is The Buddhist Experience. He has contributed to Nelson Thornes’ Understanding Philosophy for A2 Level, edited a large-format, illustrated handbook of philosophy entitled World Philosophy and has co-authored with Nigel Rodgers a book about some less well-known aspects of philosophers’ lives, entitled Philosophers Behaving Badly published by Peter Owen). More recent publications include Me in Acumen’s ‘The Art of Living’ series, exploring issues of personal identity, Understand Existentialism, co-authored with Nigel Rodgers, The Philosopher’s Beach Book, published by Hodder Education in 2012, giving an easy introduction to 35 philosophical questions, and he has contributed to The Religions Book published by DK.

Forthcoming titles for Autumn 2017 include Philosophy for Life, the 6th edition of his introduction to Philosophy originally published in 1994 as Teach Yourself Philosophy, but now extensively revised, and also a core textbook for AQA Religious Studies, co-authoried with John Frye. He is currently working on a book about the impact of the First World War on the thinking of two of the 20th century's greatest religious thinkers - Paul Tillich and Teilhard de Chardin, who just happened to be fighting on opposite sides of the Front, to the West of Verdun in 1916, and whose lives were changed by the experience of war. The book will be self-published this Autumn. And for 2018, a new book on Ethics is planned, entitled Ethics for Life, to be published by Hodder in their Teach Yourself series.

English language versions of his books have sold over half a million copies, and have been translated into 14 other languages. For more on his views on writing see the interview given to Nigel Warburton in 2006 for the Virtual Philosopher website.


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