The fact that I have books coming out in such quick succession has more to do with the timing of my publishers than with my own work rhythms. However it came about, The Philosopher: A History in Six Types is certainly the most unusual book I have written (though I can't promise it will hold that distinction for long). It is an attempt to take stock of the different ways people have engaged in what they thought of as 'philosophy' in different centuries and cultures, or have engaged in what we today, for complicated reasons, are now prepared to retrospectively label as 'philosophy', even if they lacked this term or any of its cognates. It features such memorable personages as the Sage, the Ascetic, the Mandarin, the Courtier, the Curiosus/a, and the Gadfly, brought to life in exemplary case studies drawn from history, as well as in fictional sketches that please the phancy even as they aid in the pursuit of truth. It also tackles that nagging question: why, if philosophy is born of Socrates's rejection of remuneration, do we all still insist on getting paid? It is now available for pre-order at Amazon.