Ben’s new book… in progress

Ben’s new book… in progressben-and-barn

Ben recently moved up to County Durham to spend some time working on his new book, which is about mindfulness and philosophy.

As they say, home is when the barn is… or something like that.



Scapegoated Capitalism – available now

Scapegoated Capitalism – available now

Ben Irvine’s latest book, Scapegoated Capitalism, has been published on Amazon Kindle. Clickscapegoated capitalism NEW cover compressed here to buy a copy.

Scapegoating is one of humankind’s most unpleasant and unspoken practices. From witch-hunts and whipping boys to ritual sacrifices and genocides, our past abounds with shameful examples of individuals and minorities being forced to atone for the misdeeds and misfortunes of the powerful. In this groundbreaking book, philosopher Ben Irvine explores the history and psychology of scapegoating, identifying the tragic forces that tempt us to make culprits of the innocent. In turn, Irvine shines a spotlight on the shocking prevalence of scapegoating today. Confronting popular misconceptions about the source of our modern ills, he makes a compelling and controversial claim: that those who are the most vociferous in their condemnation of modern life have the most to answer for. A book for our times, from beyond the pale, Scapegoated Capitalism is a call for self-examination and responsibility.

Journal of Modern Wisdom (volumes 1 and 2) available online in full

Journal of Modern Wisdom (volumes 1 and 2) available online in full

Both volumes of the Journal of Modern Wisdom are now available for reading online in full here.

Hard copies of both volumes are still available for purchase.

Two forthcoming talks

Two forthcoming talks in Cambridge

This November, Ben will be giving a couple of talks in Cambridge on two of his favourite topics.

The first talk, from 2pm to 3.30pm on November 8, is called ‘Cambridge and the Philosophy of the Commons: A Walking History of the Ivory Tower’. Tickets are priced at £5. Further details and tickets available here.

The second talk, from 2pm to 4pm on November 9, is called ‘Cambridge and the Art of Mindful Cycling: Philosophy on Two Wheels’ and requires participants to bring their own bicycle. Tickets are priced at £5. Further details and tickets available here.

Barnes and Noble buy the US rights to Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling

Barnes and Noble buy the US rights to Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling

Barnes and Noble is the biggest retail bookseller in the US, and also publishes many books. Leaping Hare Press have sold the US rights to Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling to Barnes and Noble, so, excitingly, there will be a US print run of the book this autumn.

Further updates will be posted here.

Mindfulness in a Modern World event, Sunday 30 March in Brighton – Ben Irvine talk

Mindfulness in a Modern World event, Sunday 30 March in Brighton – Ben Irvine talk

Ben Irvine will be giving a talk in Brighton this Sunday (30 March) on his book Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling, as part of the Mindfulness in a Modern World event being run by Leaping Hare Press.

Ben’s talk is at 4.15pm. The event, which is hosted by award-winning journalist John Naish, starts at 1.45pm and also includes talks by Adam Ford (2pm), Claire Thompson (2.45pm) and Richard Gilpin (3.30pm).

The venue is the Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton.

Journal of Modern Wisdom volume 2

Journal of Modern Wisdom volume 2

The Journal of Modern Wisdom has returned!

The much-anticipated second volume contains a new selection of diligently-written, accessible essays seeking to reassert the importance of wisdom in the modern world, all accompanied once again by exquisite illustrations from ‘Resident Artist’ Thais Beltrame.

Contributors to volume 2 of the Journal of Modern Wisdom (Oldspeak Publishing; 2013) include Theodore Dalrymple, Jules Evans, William Irwin, Nicholas Maxwell and Tom Barker, plus Editor Ben Irvine, poet Rebecca Watts, and an anonymous, high-ranking academic unleashing a glorious polemic against the philosophical establishment.

Addressing a cluster of topics traditionally neglected among the intelligentsia – such as self-control, self-help, community-mindedness and responsibility – the journal’s message is both radical and, deep-down, familiar, providing provocation and inspiration in equal measure.

For public thinkers and the thinking public, copies of the Journal of Modern Wisdom (volumes 1 and 2) are available for £4.99 from

Book reprint and Rob Penn praise

“In connecting Einstein, meditation and the bicycle, Ben Irvine artfully expresses something so many cyclists have wondered about for so long. The book is a delight to read.” – Rob Penn

Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling (Leaping Hare Press) has gone to a second print run.

Reviews have mostly been generous, but the above commendation from inspirational author, TV presenter and cyclist Rob Penn caps off a great start for the book.

If you haven’t read Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling yet (or if you’re looking for a nice present for someone) then signed copies are available to buy from

Cambridge Cycling Campaign talk

Cambridge Cycling Campaign talk

On Tuesday, 5 February 2013 at the Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, Ben is giving a talk entitled ‘Cycling for Happiness: Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling‘.

The event is free and open to the public. Beforehand, from 7.30pm, there will be tea and coffee served and a chance to chat. The presentation will start at 8.00pm.

EMC news and reviews

EMC news and reviews

Some good news from Heffers bookshop in Cambridge: apparently Einstein & the Art of Mindful Cycling has remained in their top ten non-fiction bestsellers throughout November.

Elsewhere, a nice review has cropped up on the website of the excellent Boneshaker Magazine.

Unfortunately, every rose has its thorn, and a rather horrible but amusing review has appeared on a Dutch website. If you want a good laugh, try putting the review through Google translate. The author seems to have an oddly scatalogical take on the book. It takes one to know one…