David E. Cooper is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. He has published over two hundred articles across a broad range of philosophical subjects, including philosophy of language, philosophy of education, ethics, aesthetics, environmental philosophy, philosophy of religion, history of both Western philosophy and Asian philosophy, and modern European philosophy. Cooper is the former Chair (or President) of the Aristotelian Society, the Mind Association, the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, and he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka and a Trustee of the charity Project Sri Lanka. He is the author of a number of books, including World Philosophies: An Historical Introduction, Meaning,Existentialism: A Reconstruction, and A Philosophy of Gardens. He has also edited a number of collections, including Philosophy: The Classic Readings, Epistemology: The Classic Readings, Ethics: The Classic Readings and Aesthetics: The Classic Readings.