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Bryan Greetham was born in Faversham, Kent, in England. He was educated at the University of Kent, where he gained a BA Hons in History, and at the University of Sussex, where he completed his MA in Intellectual History. He was awarded his PhD at the University of Newcastle in Australia for his work in moral thinking. After gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of London he taught at colleges and universities in Britain, Portugal and at the University of Maryland before moving to Australia in 1999 to undertake research and to teach philosophy at the University of Newcastle.

He has held a research fellowship at the North East London Polytechnic (now the University of East London), which he used to examine the learning problems of the 16-19 age group, in particular their thinking and study skills. He is now an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Durham.

His main academic interests lie in moral and social philosophy. Much of his work has been in moral thinking, applied and professional ethics and in complex adaptive systems. He has published a number of articles, papers and reviews in academic and popular journals in Europe, Australia and America on these and other topics, including education and nineteenth century German philosophy. His current research involves what we can learn about moral thinking from the perpetrators, victims, rescuers and bystanders during the Holocaust.

He is the author of How to Write Better Essays; How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation; Philosophy, an introduction to philosophy for undergraduates; Thinking Skills for Professionals; Smart Thinking and his latest book, How to Write Your Literature Review, all published by Macmillan.

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Unlike many essay writing books and courses, which begin with the perfect essay and then deconstruct it to show how it works, this book begins where you begin when you are given the title and have to figure out what it’s getting at and how to tackle it.

It takes you through each of the five stages of essay writing: Interpretation of the title, Research, Planning, Writing and Revision. You learn how to structure your ideas, develop your arguments consistently and present your ideas in a style that is concise and effective. You will also learn how to improve your research, note-taking, reading and organisational skills.

You learn how to use all the creative and critical thinking skills you need to develop your ideas: how to generate your own ideas, analyse difficult concepts and arguments, synthesise ideas and evidence from different sources, play devil’s advocate and critically evaluate arguments and evidence. You learn simple ways in which you can deal with the most common problems that you are likely to face in writing academic assignments. Indeed, like thousands before you, you may find that this is the only book you will ever have to read on essay writing.  

The third edition of this bestselling book includes new chapters on critical thinking, tackling reflective writing assignments, and how to create and analyse concepts. It also features a new companion website, which provides annotated essays to illustrate the successful outcome of the methods you learn in the book, exercises to develop critical thinking skills, and additional examples of how to analyse concepts.

How to Write Better Essays (Third edition)

Published by Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781137293282

How to Write Better Essays

In 2007 with the credit crisis well under way the RBS board, after meeting 18 times, unanimously voted to go ahead with the £47bn takeover of ABN Amro. This decision wrecked one of the World’s biggest banks. Other large, established companies have taken similar disastrous decisions: Lloyds Bank, Lehman Brothers, Daimler-Benz, Samsung, Wang, Quaker. So why do successful professionals and business people make such poor decisions?

This book not only explains why, but how we can avoid it in our own professional and business lives. It shows us how we can make better strategic decisions by developing our conceptual, creative and critical thinking skills that are rarely, if ever, taught in formal education.

It gives professionals and business people the essential tools to become better thinkers and decision-makers. We learn how to use our skills to tackle the most difficult of all the decisions we have to make, particularly those involving complex moral problems, and how we can incorporate these skills within our normal professional lives.

It teaches you a practical set of skills, showing you how to analyze and discuss the philosophical and ethical issues that now form an integral part of courses in business, engineering, teaching and health, as well as those in the humanities and social sciences. Selected case studies bring both ethical and philosophical issues to life.

Thinking Skills for Professionals

Published by Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781403917089

Thinking Skills for Professionals

Writing is a form of thinking: the most difficult form. As we struggle to express our ideas clearly in words and sentences we are forced to pin them down accurately, think them through rationally and develop them consistently. As most of us know, not until we’ve done all this can we really be confident that we’ve got to the heart of our ideas.

A dissertation is the largest and most demanding piece of writing and thinking that you will have to do as an undergraduate. They are set to give tutors a window into the minds of their students, so they can see not just what they think but how they think. They can see you as you work through your ideas and evidence, assembling and evaluating them. They can see you construct your arguments and use language to develop them consistently. To get the highest mark, therefore, you must learn to think.

Most books ignore the challenges that dissertations present for our thinking and writing. They deal with the mechanics of research, but not with the really difficult problems. This book teaches students across all disciplines how to generate their own ideas and develop them into an original research project. It shows you how to construct arguments and use evidence and language consistently. You will learn how to put your ideas and evidence together to form the most persuasive arguments; and how to write using your own voice to express your ideas in a clear, concise, economical style. You will also learn how to revise your work to make sure the quality of your achievements really shine through.

Of course you will also learn everything you need to know about the mechanics of producing a dissertation. It shows you what examiners are looking for and how to get the highest mark. It takes you step by step through the whole process of planning and conducting your research, using primary and secondary material, and the right quantitative and qualitative techniques and instruments for your project. You will be shown how to do literature searches and reviews, how to manage your time, how to create a retrieval system to catch your very best ideas and how to read and take notes. You will learn how to plan your dissertation as a whole and chapter by chapter; how to cite references and create reference lists and bibliographies.

But above all, you will learn how to become a genuine thinker, something that will stay with you through the rest of your life, helping you become more creative and fulfilled.

How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation (Second edition)

Published by Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781137389763

How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation

Whenever we study a subject for the first time we need a book that is clear and interesting, from which it is easy to learn. Philosophy is all of those things. Written in a clear, lucid style enriched with fascinating insights into the lives and ideas of philosophers, Philosophy will capture and hold your imagination. It helps you not only understand the ideas, but to process them so you can make them you own, and recall and use them confidently.

For those studying philosophy for the first time, there is a complete glossary of key concepts and each chapter is analysed into clear note structures to help you use complex ideas confidently. There are also conceptual time lines that show you how philosophers and movements in ideas are interrelated so you can see clearly how each fits into the whole.

For the teacher the book is broken down into manageable units with exercises, questions and suggested reading at the end of each chapter, making it easier to design courses around it. In the companion website there is a wealth of material designed to make the teaching of the subject more effective, including questions, exercises, tables and diagrams, all of which can be downloaded.

This engaging book is the most comprehensive introduction to be found in one volume. But Philosophy is not just an introduction to the content of the subject: step by step it also teaches you the method – how to philosophize. Each step is illustrated by insights into how philosophers worked: how they defined the problems and set about solving them.

Philosophy is an exciting and captivating subject, posing questions about the most fundamental issues that shape our lives. This book offers you a clear and accessible way to explore the philosophical landscape with simple and effective ways to develop both your understanding and confidence.


Published by Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1403918783

Philosophy by Bryan Greetham

Reviewers comments

‘It is a project rarely attempted now, in fact I cannot think of another example of an introductory text to philosophy that comes anywhere close to the author’s seam-burstingly broad treatment of the subject.  Everything is here, from Carnap to Kierkegaard.  Even post-modernism gets a look in.’Dr Geoffrey Klempner, University of Sheffield

‘It’s a book I would have very much wished to have had when I first studied philosophy.  It is consistently engaging and lucid.  It never patronises the reader…It is historically informed without being a history of philosophy, and it covers a lot of philosophical ground.  This is really a remarkable achievement for a lone author.’  Students will ‘… encounter a fine illustration of what it is like to do philosophy, rather than just describe and summarise it.’Dr Damian Cox, Bond University, Australia

‘Dr Greetham does an excellent job integrating interest in the history, problems and people that constitute philosophy.’Chris Ciocchetti, Assistant Professor, Centenary College, USA

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In contrast with many other academic assignments, literature reviews present us with an exciting challenge to carve out of the literature an opportunity to do something truly original. Much of our education is spent recycling the ideas of our authorities without analysing and critically evaluating them in any depth to identify their weaknesses and omissions. Whether it’s a stand-alone review or it’s for a dissertation or thesis, a literature review gives us an opportunity to address these shortcomings and discover something new and insightful.

Using detailed step-by-step methods and simple systems this book will take you through each stage of your work from generating your initial ideas and pinning the research question down, to searching traditional sources and the Internet, planning the review, writing it, citing references and editing. You will learn simple methods to organise your work and manage the material and ideas you work on. You will be shown how to organise your retrieval system to catch and develop all of the ideas that come to you whenever and wherever they arise.

Beyond the more practical concerns of how you work through each stage and organise your work, the most serious challenges facing you lie in the thinking and writing that your literature review will entail. This book will show you how you can develop all the thinking skills, the cognitive abilities, you will need:

How to Write Your Literature Review

Published by Macmillan Education

ISBN 978-1-352-01104-3

Similarly, you will learn methods to tackle all of the problems you confront in planning and writing your review. You will be taken through each of the stages from developing the outline to planning, writing the review, referencing and editing. This book will teach you simple methods that will make the challenge of writing such a complex piece of work more manageable.

In short, whether you are writing a stand-alone review or a review for a dissertation or thesis, the distinctive feature of this book is that it will take you through each stage of producing it, step by step, spelling out simple, practical strategies and systems that are necessary for you to produce your best work.