The Renovation Philosophy and Mythology Site
created and maintained by Steven Foulds (the old bloke pictured on the right)

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Renovation Philosophy in a Nutshell:

1. Being a person imposes on each of us a brief opportunity to define, and assert before the world, what we calculate that the life and character of a valuable human person ought to be like.
2. Our definitions so far have been and are a load of violent, political crap precisely because we don't understand the project and responsibility of being a person in the world.
3. Steve's got some possibly valuable, irreligious and apolitical, ideas about how we might change that.

Essay: About Being a Person
Essay: About Human Violence
Revised. The difference between being human (what you are) and being a person (what you are doing with what you are). Being a person as a way of engaging with possibilities in the world.
An hypothesis that humans remain violent because of a process addiction to certain (political rather than moral) ways of thinking.

Simple Guide

A simple guide and glossary of main terms for Heidegger's revolutionary Being and Time now available as an e-book or paperback through
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ALL of US VIOLENT is a philosophical study of the project of being a person in the world, and the effect of politics and violence on that project, with some thoughts on how to be a real person despite having to live in a world of politics, violence and lies. Available as an e-book or paperback through
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A comprehensive and detailed Guide to Heidegger's Being and Time. Written in plain English and closely tied to the standard English text (Macquarrie and Robinson). Includes a very complete glossary of  terms. Available as an e-book or paperback through


A novel about two generations of mythical characters struggling with ordinary life in recent times. Dense and erotic.
Available as an e-book or paperback through
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A performal analysis of what humans do with religion, and what our religions do for us. Available as a paperback or e-book through

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The unnamed narrator of this tale is bored to death - literally. The only issue is whose death to be bored to. A whimsical, if somewhat sinister, story taking a serious look at boredom. Entertaining and thought-provoking. Available as an e-book through Aamazon Kindle for $US1.99

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Set in small town New Zealand during the mid-1980s, this 'epistemological whodunit' graphically portrays the cruelty and hope that surrounded the murders of three children over three years. Available as a paperback or e-book through

My Confession

 During her life Samantha Ann MacGregor has been a daughter, sister, girlfriend, wife, mother and mistress. Now she just wants love and money.
     Some folk talk of dying for love. Some folk will kill for money. Now Samantha Ann Macgregor has done both. MY CONFESSION is available as a paperback or e-book through

About Maori Myth and Ritual
Introducing Norse and Viking Beliefs
Gender and duality in the myths and rituals of pre-European Maori in the lower North Island of New Zealand. Some Maori legends concerning New Zealand volcanoes.

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Page last modified on
29 November 2016