How to Play Philosophy- front cover

A Book for Public Thinking and the Thinking Public


How to Play Philosophy is a breezy array of lyrical, creative essays that explore timeless and timely ideas about who we are, how we live and what we think.

Written by Michael Picard

ISBN: 978-0-7618-7306-8



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THIS IS NOT A BOOK: Adventures in Popular Philosophy


This is Not a Book presents innumerable puzzles, problems and paradoxes of philosophy ancient and modern, East and West, in a light yet profound manner. It has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Estonian, and Greek.

ISBN: 13-978-1-84706-012-9

CAFE CONVERSATIONS: Democracy and dialogue in public spaces.
Vancouver, BC: Anvil Press, 2022.


A collection of essays by leading facilitators of Cafe Philosophy from all over the world, including, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, USA, Peru, Japan and others.  Curated, edited, and with contributions by Michael Picard. Features Picard's original translations of selections of Marc Sautet, Un Café pour Socrates.

ISBN: 978-1-77214-168-9

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Voice of Nurses


Caring Leadership is a collection of essays by faculty or participants in RRU's Leadership programs, in which I taught for some time. The book has been assigned in university-level leadership and nursing courses.

ISBN: 0-9687361-0-6

Edited by Michael Picard.
Leadership and Learning Collaboratory, RRU. 2000.



THIS BOOK DOES NOT EXIST: Adventures in the Paradoxical.

Co-written with Gary Haden.


Eight chapters packed with thought-experiences, real-lie examples, and exercises for you to try. Features two technical chapters by Picard on Mathematical Infinity and Impossible Objects.

Leadership through Public Service.


Change Delivered is an edited collection of contributions by faculty and participants in leadership programs at RRU.

ISBN: 0-9687361-1-1-4

Edited by Michael Picard.
Leadership and Learning Collaboratory, RRU. 2001.



Cece n'est pas un livre: lecons de philosophie et jeux d'esprit


The French translation of This is Not a Book

ISBN: 0-9687361-0-6

Written by Michael Picard.
Translated and adapted by Catherine Pierre-Bon

Marabout. 2007.



Cover Estonian Translation of This is Not a Book

See ei ole Raamat:
Seiklusi populaarfilosoofias

Written by Michael Picard

Estonian Translation of This is Not a Book

ISBN: 978-9985-0-2386-0

Koolibri, 2009

cover-Greek Translation of This is Not a Book

Αυτό δεν είναι βιβλιο


Greek Translation of This is Not a Book.

ISBN: 978-960-6838035-7

Written by Michael Picard.




The Bedside Book of Philosophy
Adventures in Thought and Reasoning


This is a revised edition of This is Not a Book

Written by Michael Picard.

ISBN: 978-0-87562-311-9

Quid (New Burlington), 2012.

Adventures in Thought and Reasoning

Written by Michael Picard

The revised version of This is Not a Book

ISBN: 978-1-4351-4096

Metro Books, 2012

Bedside Books of Paradoxes:
From Illusions to Infinity: Adventures in the Impossible


Revised and Expanded version of This Book Does Not Exist.

Written by Gary Hayden and Michael Picard.

ISBN: 978-0-85762-310-2

Quid (New Burlington), 2013