Publications by members past and present

Girardet, Herbert (2015): Creating Regenerative Cities. Routledge, London and New York

This important book by Herbie Girardet, a member of the circle and a leading environmentalist, argues that large modern cities have effectively declared their independence from nature, and while they take up only three to four percent of the world's land surface, their ecological footprints cover the entire globe. With current methods of resources use, cities are undermining the ecological basis of their own existence, and the book proposes that, to meet the aspirations of city people, bold new initiatives are needed

Clarke, J.J. (1997) Oriental enlightenment: the encounter between Asian and Western thought. London, U.K. : Routledge. 273p. ISBN 0415133750

A re-examination of Jung's thought in the light of key developments in modern philosophy and culture, assessing his relevance to intellectual debates of our age, especially to the traditions of modern philosophy from Kant onwards, and to contemporary developments in the physical and human sciences.






Clarke, J.J. (2000) The Tao of the West : Western transformations of Taoist thought. London, U.K. : Routledge. 270p. ISBN 0415206197

Clarke, J.J. (1991 & 2014): In Search of Jung: Historical and Philosophical Enquiries. Routledge, London and New York.

This book explores the ways in which Taoist texts, ideas, and practices have been assimilated within a whole range of Western ideas and agendas. It shows how Chinese thinkers such as Lao-tzu and Chuang tzu, along with practices such as Feng Shui and Tai Chi, have been used as a key Western inspiration in religion, philosophy, ethics, politics, ecology and health

In this book John Clarke provides an historical and critical account of the West's fascination in modern times for Eastern religious and philosophical traditions. It tells the story of the growing impact of those traditions on many aspects of Western thought and culture, and examines the philosophical issues that arise from the inter-cultural exchange of ideas.






Clarke, J.J. (2013): The Self-Creating Universe: The Making of a Worldview. Xlibris, London

In this wide-ranging study John Clarke, leader of the Circle, explores new developments in both philosophy and the sciences which contribute to a new worldview based on the idea that all of nature and life is self-creative and requires no explanation beyond itself. The book lays out bold conjectures about the emergence of new forms of self-generated order in nature, in consciousness and in human life as a whole, and shows how this worldview provides a basis for human values and meaning

Drawing on a lifetime's study of world religious ideas and practices, Ray explores the religious and spiritual dimensions of our encounter with nature, with the arts, and with our fellow humans, developing an understanding of religion which emphasises the sense of transcendence in our daily experience.






Billington, Ray (2002): Religion without God. Routledge, London and New York.

Billington, Ray (1988, 1993, 2003): Living Philosophy: an Introduction to Moral Thought. Routledge, London and New York.

A wide-ranging introduction to moral philosophy which makes use of vivid case studies to illuminate and provoke discussion of issues which arise from our daily lives and to which philosophers have devoted their most engaging thoughts.

Girardet, Herbert & Mendonca, Miguel (2009): A Renewable World: Energy, Ecology, Equality. Green Books, Dartington

This report for the World Future Council confronts the many ways in which we have turned our home planet into a disposable world as though there were no tomorrow. The authors explore proven and emerging solutions for building a global green energy economy as a basis for a prosperous and sustainable world, and they argue that only a world based on continuous renewal can sustain life and livelihoods.

Billington, Ray (1997): Understanding Eastern Philosophy. Routledge, London and New York.

A clear introductory yet critical study of Eastern thought and its differences and relationships with the Western Religious tradition. Written without jargon or technical terms, this is an excellent introduction to anyone coming to philosophy or religion for the first time, clearly setting out the main principles of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism and Confucianism.

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