We'd like to congratulate Bloomsbury philosophy author Iain Benjamin King, who has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List! King is stability adviser at the Department for International Development, and his CBE has been awarded for services to governance in Libya, Afghanistan and Kosovo.
When we spoke to him about the award, he told us that he found the fact that his medal reads ‘For God and Empire’ ironic, considering how he devoted an entire chapter in his latest book to arguing that God doesn’t exist.
King is a former teaching fellow at the University of Cambridge, and is known for his distinctive utilitarianist philosophy. His best known book, How to Make Good Decisions and Be Right All the Time: Solving the Riddle of Right and Wrong, is a lively introduction to moral philosophy, from the Greeks to the Enlightenment and beyond. It may be controversial in places, but it is thoroughly engaging throughout.
'Iain King's ambitious book is an honest attempt to think through and answer questions at the heart of morality. Anyone with an interest in practical answers to moral questions will find this book of interest too.'
- James Garvey, The Royal Institute of Philosophy, UK
How to Make Good Decisions and Be Right All the Time combines new ideas with old and rips apart traditional tenets of morality, dismantling even the golden rule that you should ‘do unto others as you would have done unto you.’ In their place, the author constructs a new, comprehensive system of ethics, identifying the basic DNA of right and wrong and offering clear advice on how to be good in today's complicated and challenging world. King is required reading for anyone with a difficult decision to make.
The government press release and full Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013 can be found here. If you’re intrigued by King’s argument, pick up a copy of his book, and if you are interested in other challenging titles in Ethics and Moral Philosophy have a look at what's on offer over at our website.