Charles Foster

Defined By Relationship is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Charles Foster, who is a writer, traveller, veterinarian, barrister, philosopher and Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. This wide-ranging conversation provides a detailed exploration of several of his books in many different fields with a particular focus on Human Dignity in Bioethics and Law and the New York Times Bestseller Being a Beast.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, At the Heart, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. An Aristotelian Encounter – A mystery solved
  2. Studies in Empathy – And the lack thereof
  3. Childhood – A brief digression
  4. Engagement – Consciousness, relationships and different perspectives
  5. Dignity – An overarching principle
  6. Creating Impact – Changing hearts and minds




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Defined By Relationship is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow CollectionConversations About Philosophy, Volume 1, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.