This page presents a reasonably comprehensive list of Raymond Tallis's non-medical publications from 1981 to date. (Items on general health and healthcare topics appear here; for items on purely medical matters please see the Medical Bibliography page. The bibliography is categorised into the following sections:
Stories, fictional essays and novels
Esssays, articles and reviews
Poetry – collections
Poems published individually
Wherever possible, hyperlinks have been given in the references to other resources on the Web. Where the whole reference provides the hyperlink, this indicates that reader can call up an archived version of the original text. In other cases the link leads to the subscription page of an archive service, or to the website of the periodical in which the article appeared. Book titles which are hyperlinked lead to Amazon (apart from translations, which lead to the foreign publisher). Articles about Raymond Tallis, and links to broadcasts, are given on this page.
Stories, Fictional Essays and Novels
Sculptured Air: a History. Kudos 1982; 11: 22-34.
Research Purposes. World Medicine 1983; 18 (7):54.
Certain Thoughts Arising Out of Being Pointed Out by My Two Year Old Son. Granta 1984; 11: 15-18.
Musical Overdoses. Encounter 1987; 59(1): 23-26.
Three Mis-readings of a Diaphanometer. PN Review 1987; 14(1): 28.
Heart of Darkness. Orbis 1987; 65/66: 55-56. Re-printed The Reader, 2008; 29: 125-128.
Exam Fever. Iron; 54:54-59, 1988.
A Far Violin. PN Review 1996; 23(2): 11-12.
Haitch: An Attempt to Blanch a Blush. PN Review 2002; 146: 53-6.
A Day from Sleep: (1) Coming To. PN Review 2003; 152: 13-14.
Wrexham. Abraxas 2003; 19: 22-3.
Essays, Articles and Reviews
Review of First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan (first published London: Cape, 1975). Quarto 1981.
Monstrous Anger. Quarto 1981.
Chronic Sorrow. Quarto 1981.
Is realism still relevant to modern reality? The Listener 1986; 115: 15-16.
The Mirror Stage: a Critical Reflection. Trivium 1986; 21: 5-44.
Not Saussure. PN Review 1987; 14(2): 24-28.
The Strange Case of Jacques L. PN Review 1987; 14(4): 23-26.
Only Connecting. PN Review 1988.
Real Presences. PN Review 1989.
A Cure for Theorrhoea. Critical Review 1989; 3(1): 7-39.
Consciousness: an Unsolved Problem in Biology. Mediscope 1989; 66 (3): 100-102.
A Conversation with Raymond Tallis. PN Review 1989; 15(4): 27-31.
Viewpoint: Mesozoic Stomp. Lancet 1990; 336: 555.
Newton's Sleep: (1) Poets, Scientists and Rainbows. PN Review 1990; 17(3): 47-52.
Open brackets. PN Review1991.
Newton's Sleep: (2) The Eunuch at the Orgy. PN Review 1991; 17(4): 48-51.
Newton's Sleep: (3) 'The Murderousness and Gadgetry of this Age'. PN Review 1991; 17(5): 39-42.
A Critique of Neuromythology. In: Raymond Tallis and Howard Robinson (eds), The Pursuit of Mind (Manchester: Carcanet, 1991), 86-109.
Newton's Sleep: (4) 'Alternative Science and Organic Daydreams'. PN Review1991; 17(6): 31-36.
Newton's Sleep: a Reply to Grevel Lindop. PN Review 1991; 18(1): 42-45.
Taking patients seriously. Times Literary Supplement 1992.
The culture of pain. Times Literary Supplement 1992.
In limbless limbo. Times Literary Supplement 1992.
Criticism Terminable and Interminable: the Place of Literary Criticism in a Life of Finite Duration. PN Review 1992; 18 (2): 47-51.
Terrors of the body. Times Literary Supplement 1st May 1992: 3-4.
Sex and Violence. PN Review 1994; 95: 69-71.
The Freezing Coachman: Some Reflections on Art and Morality. PN Review 1994; 96: 35-37.
The Difficulty of Arrival. PN Review 1994; 97:65-67.
The Survival of Theory (1) 'He Never Said That'. PN Review 1994; 98: 69-72.
The Survival of Theory (2): Overstanding the Text. PN Review 1995; 101: 36-9.
The Survival of Theory (3): Moral Overstanding or Halo-tosis. PN Review 1995; 102: 42-6.
The Survival of Theory (4): The Case of the Judge's Buttocks or Making an Ass of the Law. PN Review 1995; 103: 47-51
The Survival of Theory (5): Conceptual Houses. PN Review 1996; 107: 32-5.
Is There a Slippery Slope? Times Literary Supplement 12th January 1996: 3-4.
Metaphysics and Gossip: Notes Towards a Manifesto for a Novel of the Future. PN Review 1996; 109: 43-6.
Apocalypse Soon? Times Literary Supplement 19th April 1996: 25-6.
Want to know about biology? Observer 14th July 1996.
Literature as Textual Intercourse. Reprint of Chapter 3 of Not Saussure. In: Beyond Poststructuralism edited by Wendell Harris (Pennsylvania University Press, 1996).
The difficulty of being human. Times Literary Supplement 14th March 1997: 4-6.
Theorrhoea Contra Realism. In: Real Voices: On Reading edited by Philip Davis (Macmillan, 1997): 175-204.
Evidence-Based and Evidence-Free Generalisations: a Tale of Two Cultures. In: The Arts and Sciences of Criticism editors David Fuller and Patricia Waugh (Oxford University Press, 1999).
Finding the True Significance of the Demographic Revolution. Times Higher Education Supplement 9th July 1999.
Against Dr Panglum. Prospect February 2001: 24-29.
The Survival of Theory. In: Classical Literary Theory and Criticism, edited by V. S. Madge (Madras: Penhale, 2001).
A Neuroscience of Consciousness: the History of an Illusion. Transactions of the Medical Society of London 2000-1; 117:12- 19
Dreamers of Paradise. Review of The Culture Cult: Designer Tribalism and Other Essays by Roger Sandall. Times Literary Supplement 16th August 2002: 6. Reprinted as Vom Kulturkritik der Paradiestraumer, Merkur: Deutches Zeitschrift fur Europaisches Denken November 2002; 653: 1024-1028. Reprinted as Dreamers of Paradise, Australian August 2002.
Human Freedom as a Reality-Producing Illusion. The Monist 2003; 86(2): 201-220.
Customised Humans. Prospect September 2003: 34-39.
Medicine: a Human Art Rooted in Biological Science. In: Proceedings: Dialogos Disciplinares as Ciencias e as Artes no Viragem do Milienio edited by Alcinda Pinheiro de Sousa and Teresa de Ataide Malafaia (Lisbon: IJF Press, 2003): 133-9.
The Linguistic Unconscious: Saussure and the Post-Saussureans. Reprint of Enemies of Hope pp.272-269. In: Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent edited by Daphne Patai and Will Corrall (Columbia University Press, 2005).
Book of a Lifetime: Being and Time, Martin Heidegger. The Independent 28th July 2005.
What Scientists Believe but Can't Prove ... Contribution to a group article. Times 24th December 2005.
To the Barricades, Old Codgers: You’re the Last Bastions of Threatened Liberty. The Times Monday July 31st 2006.
We All Go into the Dark – but In the Fragility of Life There Is Light. The Times 25th October 2006: 25.
Assisted Suicide on Trial. Review of The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia by Neil M. Gorsuch (Princeton University Press, 2006). Times Literary Supplement 25th January 2007: 9-10.
Right, What Have the Scientists Ever Done for Us? Times 28th February 2007.
Getting Consciousness to Speak Itself: The Unmet Challenge of Realism. The Reader Summer 2007; 26: 68- 75.
Unlucky Strikes. Times Literary Supplement 27th September 2007.
Concerning Saturday: Does Implausibility Matter? The Reader Autumn 2007 27; 52-58.
Afterword to The Peacock’s Tail and the Reputation Reflex: The Neuroscience of Arts Sponsorship by Robin Wight (London: Arts & Business, 2008).
Review of The Science of Morality: Collected Papers edited by Graham Walker (London: Royal College of Physicians,2007) Clinical Medicine 2007; 7(6): 642-3.
Why People Think the Brain is the Mind and Why It Isn’t. Memoirs and Proceedings of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society 2006-7; 144: 29-38.
The Mystery and Paradox of Scientific Medicine. Clinical Medicine February 2008; 8(1):1-4.
Anecdotes, Data and the Curse of the Media Case Study. Medico-Legal Journal2007; 75(4):139-142.
From Blushing to Laughter Fits, Discover What REALLY Goes on in Our Heads. Mail Online 25th April 2008.
License my Roving Hands: Does Neuroscience Really Have Anything to Teach Us About the Pleasures of Reading John Donne? Times Literary Supplement 11th April 2008: 13-15.
Reader I S*****d Him: Reflections on the Decline and Fall of the Asterisk. The Reader Autumn 2008; 31: 111-117.
Why Did You Choose Your Mate? No, It's Not All in Your Genes. Times 29th October 2008.
'The Unnatural Selection of Consciousness' The Philosopher’s Magazine 2009; 46: 28-35.
Brains Are the Means of Access to Communities of Mind. Open Democracy 6th July 2009. [Online article]
Stop the Sick, Degrading Culture of Celebrity. Times 14th October 2009.
Does Evolution Explain Our Behaviour? Initial paper (followed by responses, and responses to those responses) for a discussion in the "On the Human" series hosted by the National Humanities Centre North Carolina USA September/October 2009
Sex-addicted? No, it's Getting Caught Syndrome. Times 23rd January 2010.
Don't Wait Up for Me. Community Care, 11th February 2010, 18-19. [On-line version].
Anonymity for Jon Venables Is All the More Crucial Now. The Times 9th March 2010.
Synthetic life? Synthetic Hysteria More Like. The Times May 22nd 2010.
Language, Literature and Human Consciousness: One Reader’s Report. The Reader38 Summer 2010: 63-71
Identity and the Mind. In: Identity (Darwin College Lectures) edited by Ghiselle Walker and Elizabeth Leedham-Green (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) pp.184-207.
Doctors Want to Work As Much As to Play. The Times 8th August 2010.
Dialogue with Roger Scruton: ‘Staving off despair: on the use and abuse of pessimism for life’ Standpoint September 2010 32-37.
Malignant Variety. Heroes and Villains in One Woman’s Contribution to Cancer Research Times Literary Supplement 2nd September 2010.
How Can I Possibly Be Free? The New Atlantis. Summer 2010 pp. 1-20.
Why Do we Feel the Need to End the Heartache? The Times 6th October 2010.
Time, Tense & Physics. Philosophy Now October/November 2010 pp.46-7.
Foreword to A Matter of Facts. (London: Dignity in Dying, ).
It's an Illusion that we Are Ever Independent. The Times 20th October 2010.
Why Neuroscience Will Never Explain Consciousness. A lecture given to the Einstein Forum, Potsdam, in the Talking Brains series, 3rd December 2010. [Audio transcript by Deutschlandradio].
More Training Won't Fill a Hole in Humanity. The Times 17th February 2011.
Medicine and Philosophy: on Chekov's Ward No. 6. The Reader. No 41 Spring 2011 pp. 54-60.
Bored to Death. The Times 6th March 2011.
Striking a False Note. Review of The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song by Elena Mannes. Wall Street Journal 21st May 2011.
Mankind Aped. The Times 4th June 2011.
Music and Maths Are Singing the Same Tune. The Times 9th July 2011.
This Sublime Talent Did Not Die of a Disease. The Times 25th July 2011.
The Scandal of Doctors Against Assisted Dying. The Times 11th October 2011.
Fear Not, Our Physicians Can Heal Themselves. The Times 5th November 2011.
Wit and Wisdom: Is It All in the Brain? Brain 2012 135 (11).
The Case for Assisted Dying. The Times 5th January 2012.
An Imitation Life Is Better Than No Life At All. The Times 2nd April 2012.
The Brain… It Makes You think. Doesn't It? [Dialogue between Raymond Tallis and David Eagleman on the latter's book Incognito]. Observer 29th April 2012.
End the Suffering Of Those Who Are Terminally Ill. Guardian 25th June 2012.
Our Professional Bodies Should Stop Opposing Assisted Dying. BMJ 2012;344:e4115.
Art and Freedom, with Julian Spalding [in Portuguese]. Dicta e Contradicta August 2012.
Drugs kill. Truth and Reason Are the Victims. The Times 11th December 2012.
And the Logos became the Logistics of Listmas. The Times 26th December 2012.
“Where is my itch?” Philosophy Now January/February 2013 50-1.
“New Hippocratic oath: first cover your back” The Times 5th February 2013.
“Smell the low B-flat” Times Literary Supplement February 15th 2013 pp.23-4.
‘Delusions of a “besotted technophile” Prospect April 2013 54-5.
“Art world prattlers now revealed as hypocrites” Times 6/4/2013
“Oh no, you don’t” Times Literary Supplement May 10 2013 p.8-9
“Draining the River and Quivering the Arrow. Raymond Tallis Against the “Flow” and “Direction” of Time Philosophy Now March/April 2013
“Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity Transactions of the Manchester Statistical Society 2011-2012 pp. 81-95
“The Month in Books” Prospect June 2013 p.73
“Philosophy isn’t dead yet” Guardian Monday 27th May 2013 p.25
“On Waiting” Philosophy Now May/June 2013 pp.48-9.
“The trouble with psychiatry” The Times Saturday June 1 2013
“Think brain scans can reveal our innermost thoughts? Think again”. Observer 2nd June 2013
“Natural born killers” Review of The Anatomy of Violence. The Biological Roots of Crime The Guardian 15th June 2013 p.7
“Could the Universe Give a Toss?” Philosophy Now July/August 2013 pp.48-9.
‘Out of hours care may break the overstretched NHS’ Times 26th June 2013
“We’ll end with Skid Row services for those unable to pay” Daily Mirror 6th July 2013 p.10.
“The Big Questions” The Independent 6th July 2013 p.45
Obituary for Professor John Brocklehurst The Guardian 18th July 2013
Diary for The Spectator 13th July 2013
‘What Has Neurophilosophy Ever Done for Us?’ Review of ‘Touching a Nerve. The Self as Brain’ New Humanist September/October 2013 pp.44-5.
‘Naming Airy Nothings’ Philosophy Now September/October 2013 PP.48-9.
‘Bringing mind to matter’ Review of Mind and Cosmos by Thomas Nagel The New Atlantis Number 39 Summer 2013 pp.125-132.
‘Seeing and Believing’ Philosophy Now November/December 2013pp.52-3.
‘Causes as (Local) Oomph’ Philosophy Now January/February 2014 pp.52-3
The case for assisted dying in 'Assisted Dying. Who Makes The Final Decision?' Edited by Lesley Close and Jo Cartwright (London: Peter Owen, 2014).
'Issues with the God Issue' Philosophy Now March/April 2014 pp.52.3.
‘A Small Explosion from a (Relatively) Quiet Atheist Philosophy Now July-August 2014 pp.52-3.
‘The Case for Assisted Dying: compassion, choice, safety’ Independent July 18th 2014.
‘Ideas and Scholarship. Does It Matter Who Said What? Philosophy Now, September - October 2014.
'Review of IP Pavlov A Russian Lifein Science forThe Wall Street Journal November 15th 1914
Emergency Reflections on Political Philosophy, Philosophy Now, November - December, 2014.
On Being (Roughly) Here Philosophy Now February/March 2015
‘Foreword’ to Forks in the Road by Lord Turnberg of Cheadle (Royal College of Physicians Press, 2014).
‘Brainstorms Brewing’ Review of Susan Greenfield’s Mind Change and Norman Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing for Wall Street Journal March 1st 2015.
‘Brainstorms Brewing’ The Wall Street Journal Saturday/Sunday February 28th-March 1st, 2015
.‘To the Ganges’ Times Literary Supplement May 1st 2015 pp.7-.
Thinking Straight About Curved Space’ Philosophy Now June/July 2015 pp.48-9.
Interview in Interalia Online Magazine of Arts. Sciences, and Consciousness ‘With Consciousness in Mind’ (Part 2) Issue 12 May 2015.
‘On Being Thanked by a Paper Bag’ – now published rather than in press: Philosophy Now April/May 2015 pp.48-9.
‘To the Ganges’ Times Literary Supplement May 1st 2015 pp.7-8
‘Thinking Straight About Curved Space’ Philosophy Now June/July 2015 pp.48-9.
Interview in Interalia Online Magazine of Arts. Sciences, and Consciousness ‘With Consciousness in Mind’ (Part 2) Issue 12 May 2015.
‘Mathematics and Reality’ Philosophy Now May/June 2014 pp.50-1.
‘Temporal Thoughts about Eternity’ Philosophy Now July/August 2015 pp.50-1.
‘How on Earth Can We Be Free?’ Philosophy Now September/October 2015 pp.50-1.
‘Reality and Stability: From Parmenides to Einstein’ Philosophy Now November/December 2015
'Review of the Soul Machine by George Makari. Wall Street Journal. Saturday, 7th November 2015
"What a Possesive!" On Being Embodied' Philosophy Now February/March 2016
'The 'P' Word. Does It Matter if Philosophy does not Make Progress? Philosophy Now April/May 2016
'Scrutinising Material Objects' Philosophy Now June/July 2016
‘On Logos’ Philosophy Now 117 Dec 2016/January 2017 52-53.
‘The Private Sector in the NHS. The Danger of Large-Scale Privatisation.
Royal College of Physicians Commentary December 2016 25-26.
‘An Overdue Appearance of Immanuel Kant’ Philosophy Now February/March 2017 50-51.
‘Remembering Memory’ Philosophy Now April/May 2017
‘The Time of Our Lives’ The New Atlantic Winter 2017
In Defence of Realism. (Edward Arnold; 2nd ed. University of Nebraska Press, 1998).
The Pursuit of Mind, co-edited with Howard Robinson. (Manchester: Carcanet, 1991).
The Raymond Tallis Reader, edited by Michael Grant. (Basingstoke: Macmillan (Palgrave), 2000).
Hunger. (London: Acumen, 2008).
The Black Mirror. Looking at Life through Death published in a US edition through Yale Autumn 2015.
The Black Mirror. Fragments of an Obituary For Life. Paperback Edition March 2016.
Aping Mankind. Neuromania, Darwinitis, and the Misrepresentation of Humanity re-issued with a new introduction as a 'Routledge Classic' April 2016.
Books in Preparation
Of Time and Lamentation. Reflections on Transience - a treatise on the nature of time. To be published in May 2017.
Humanism tor the 21st Century, based on a series of 8 seminars
Logos. The Mystery of the Sense-Making Animal
Submitted for publication.
Quartet for the End of Time - a collection of short stories.
Poetry - Collections
Between The Zones. (Newcastle: Iron Press, 1985, reprinted 1997).
Peterloo Preview: v. 1, edited by Harry Chambers. (Calstock: Peterloo Poets, 1988).
Poems Published Individually
Tilt Shot. The Listener 1981.
Fathers and Sons. The Listener 1981.
Eating Lotosburgers. Poesis 1982.
Glints of Darkness. Poesis 1982.
In Memoriam Roland Barthes. Listener 1982.
Hemiplegia. Iron 1982.
The Triumph of Death. Iron 1982.
A Note on the Preterite. Listener 1982.
Tree in a Drought. Country Life 1982.
Away Match. She 1983.
A Breakdown in Communications. She 1983.
Water. Iron 1983.
Ice. Iron 1983.
Fog (Mist, Steam). Iron 1983.
Metasonnet for a Dark Lady. Honest Ulsterman 1984.
In Memoriam. Regeneration Anthology 1984.
Political Scandal. Iron 1984.
As Flies to Wanton Boys. Iron 1984.
Microbes and Morality. Iron1984.
By the Broken Light of Dream. Acumen 1986.
Lieder und Leider. Poetry Voice 1987.
Infans. Poetry Voice 1990.
Justifying the Search. Philosophy Now 2002.
Submitted for publication.
Sunburst - a collection of verse.
Applied Derrida. Times Literary Supplement 6th January 1995: 15.
Woolgathering. PN Review 1994; 99: 5.
The Survival of Theory. PN Review 1995; 102: 2-3.
Deconstructing Derrida. Times Literary Supplement 24th October 1997.
Neuromythology. Clinical Science January 2001; 100 (1): 88-9.
Book of a Lifetime: Being and Time, Martin Heidegger. Independent 29th July 2005.
Sentient Beings. Response to a review of the Handkind trilogy. Times 21 October 2005.
End-of-Life Choice: the Debate on Palliative Care and Assisted Dying for Terminal Patients. Times 15th October 2008.
Beware of Derrida. Philosophy Now May/June 2009: 35
'Beast and Man – 35 Years On’ in Science and the Self. Animals, Evolution, and Ethics Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley Edited by Ian James Kidd and Liz McKinnell (London: Routledge, 2016).
Dialogue with Rowan Williams to be published in Autumn 2016.
“Fear Itself” Radio 3 Friday 27th February 2015. Selected for ‘Pick of the Week’.
Dialogue with Professor James Ladyman on Every Thing Must Go. Metaphysics Naturalized.
Judge (with Michael Ignatieff, Adam Mars-Jones and Philip Lopate) of the £20,000 Notting Hill essay Prize.
‘The Mystery of Mind’ Interviewed by Stephen Tomkins in Reform Magazine July/August 2015 pp.14-16.
‘Raymond Tallis and the Meaning of Life’ Spiked On-Line Review of Books, 2nd October 2015
‘Unthinkable: Would You Want to Live an After-Life?’ Irish Times 3rd November 2015.
'Raymond Tallis and the Meaning of Life' Spiked On-Line Review of Books, 2nd October 2015.
'Unthinkable: Would You Want To Live An After-Life?' Irish Times November 2015.
Debate with James Ladyman Royal Institute of Philosophy November 16th 2015 ‘Human Nature is Better Understood through Science than through Philosophical and Artistic Reflection’
Medicine Unboxed, Cheltenham 21st-22nd November a) Discussion with Tom de Freitas about art b) Discussion with Sam Guglani about The Black Mirror