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Robert Arp, PhD

Philosopher
Teacher
Mentor
Leader
Writer
Editor
Scholar

Books

2019


  • Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Important Fallacies in the History of Western Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, with Mike Bruce and Steve Barbone, 2018. Available here.


2018


  • Philosophy Hacks: 100 Clever Ways to Help You Understand and Remember the Most Important Theories, Octopus, 2018. Available here. In his review on Amazon, Charles Feldman has captured the essence of this book, I believe:


"This book has taken up 100 major ideas in the history of philosophy, and made them stand out for easy consumption. I found this book more useful than most surveys of philosophy. The author has a good grasp of the basic ideas of these important thinkers, and presents them succinctly."


2017


  • Philosophical Approaches to Demonology (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion), Routledge, with Ben McCraw, 2017. Available here. In his review of our book in Philosophia Reformata, Hans Van Eyghen notes:

  • "McCraw and Arp give an excellent introduction to the topic... The Introduction gives a good historic overview of views on demons and lays out some well-known phenomena connected to demons in more detail..."


2016

  • Revisiting Aquinas’ Proofs for the Existence of God, Philosophy of Religion Series, Brill Publishers ("Over Three Centuries of Scholarly Publishing"), 2016.



  • 1001 Quotations To Enlighten, Entertain, and Inspire, Simon & Schuster, 2016. Available here. See a Blog entry from Glenn Branch (02/24/2017) here.

2015

  • Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well, with Jamie Watson, 2nd Edition, Bloomsbury Press, 2015. Available here.


  • Philosophical Approaches to the Devil (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Religion)Routledge, with Ben McCraw, 2015. Available here.




2013


  • Contemporary Debates in Bioethics, Wiley-Blackwell, with Art Caplan, 2013. Available here.


  • 1001 Ideas That Changed The Way We Think, Simon & Schuster, 2013. Available here. Part of the 1001 Series. Here's a great review in the The Boston Globe. The first few lines of the review are as follows:

    "Arranged chronologically, the entries in 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think start with the human control of fire 3,000 years ago and end with the discovery in 2012 that so-called junk DNA is a critical part of the human genome. Editor Robert Arp has produced a reference guide that’s fun to browse. Among his favorite ideas is Godwin’s Law, which states that if an online discussion continues long enough, someone will inevitably make a comparison to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis..."

2011


  • Information and Living Systems: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives, MIT Press, with George Terzis, 2011. Available here.


  • What’s Good on TV: Understanding Ethics through Television, Wiley-Blackwell, with Jamie Watson, 2011. Available here. Website for the book here.


  • Philosophy DeMYSTiFieD, McGraw-Hill Publishers, with Jamie Watson, 2011. Available here.


  • Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well, Bloomsbury Press, 2011. Available here.

2009


  • Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology, Wiley-Blackwell, with Alex Rosenberg, 2009. Available here.


  • Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology, Wiley-Blackwell, with Francisco Ayala, 2009. Available here.

2008


  • Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving, MIT Press, 2008. Available here.2018

    • Philosophy Hacks: 100 Clever Ways to Help You Understand and Remember the Most Important Theories, Oxford, 2018. Available here.


    • Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Important Fallacies in the History of Western Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, with Mike Bruce and Steve Barbone, 2018. Available here.


Philosophy and Pop Culture Contributions (as Editor)

  • South Park and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2006. Available here. Wikipedia site here.
  • The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy, W-B, with Kevin Decker, 2013. Here.
  • Batman and Philosophy, W-B, with Mark White, 2008. Here.
  • The Philosophy of Ang Lee, UPK, with McRae and Adam Barkman, 2013. Here.
  • The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams, UPK, with Patricia Brace, 2014. Here.
  • Breaking Bad and Philosophy, Open Court, with David Koepsell, 2013. Here.
  • Tattoos and Philosophy: I Ink, Therefore I Am, W-B, 2013. Here.
  • Psych and Philosophy, OC, 2013. Here.
  • The Good Wife and Philosophy, OC, with Kim Baltzer-Jaray, 2013. Here.
  • The Devil and Philosophy, OC, 2014. Here.
  • Homeland and Philosophy, OC, 2014. Here.
  • Justified and Philosophy, OC, 2014. Here.
  • It’s Always Sunny and Philosophy, OC, with Roger Hunt. 2015. Here.
  • Downton Abbey and Philosophy, OC, with Adam Barkman, 2015. Here.
  • Game of Thrones and Philosophy, OC, with Eric Silverman, 2016. Here.
  • The X-Files and Philosophy: THE TRUTH IS IN HERE, OC, 2017. Here.
  • Hamilton and Philosophy, OC, with Aaron Rabinowitz, 2017. Here.
  • The Americans and Philosophy, OC, with Kevin Guilfoy, 2017. Here.
  • Philosophy & Breaking Bad, Palgrave Macmillan, w/ Decker/Koepsell, 2017.
  • Scott Adams and Philosophy, OC, with Dan Yim and Galen Foresman, 2018. Here
  • - A review from HubPages is found here.
  • WikiLeaking: The Ethics of Secrecy and Exposure, OC, with Christian Cotton, 2019. Here.
  • Avengers Infinity Saga and Philosophy, OC, with Heather Rivera, 2020. Here.
  • Perry Mason and Philosophy, OC, with Heather Rivera, in preparation.