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Baggini, Julian

Works: 162 works in 612 publications in 4 languages and 15,319 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Miscellanea  Trivia and miscellanea  Juvenile works  Sayings  Introductions  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Creator, wat, ed
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Most widely held works by Julian Baggini
What's it all about? : philosophy and the meaning of life by Julian Baggini( )

24 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the meaning of life? It is a question that has intrigued the great philosophers - and has been hilariously lampooned by Monty Python. Indeed, the whole idea strikes many of us as vaguely pompous, a little absurd. Is there one profound and mysterious meaning to life, a single ultimate purpose behind human existence?" "In What's It All About?, Julian Baggini says no, there is no single meaning. Instead, Baggini argues meaning can be found in a variety of ways, in this life. He succinctly breaks down six answers people commonly suggest when considering what life is all about - helping others, serving humanity, being happy, becoming successful, enjoying each day as if it were your last, and "freeing your mind." By reducing the vague, mysterious question of meaning to a series of more specific (if thoroughly unmysterious) questions about what gives life purpose and value, he shows that the quest for meaning can be personal, empowering, and uplifting. If the meaning of life is not a mystery, if leading meaningful lives is within the power of us all, then we can look around us and see the many ways in which life can have purpose. We can see the value of happiness while accepting it is not everything. We can see the value of success, without interpreting that too narrowly. We can see the value of seizing the day as well as helping others lead meaningful lives. We can recognize the value of love, as perhaps the most powerful motivator of all." "Illustrating his argument with the thoughts of many of the great philosophers and examples drawn from everyday life, Baggini shows that the search for meaning is personal and within the power of each of us to find."--Jacket
Great thinkers A-Z by Julian Baggini( )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great thinkers A-Z brings together 101 lively and concise snapshots of the people who have shaped Western thought from ancient times to today. The key figures from all major Western philosophical traditions and periods are here. Also included are other major thinkers, such as Freud, Darwin and Einstein, Who, while not philosphers themseleves, have nevertheless had a major impact on philosophy. Togehter, these snapshots offer a full and fascinating overview of Western philosophy. Each entry locates a philosopher in their historical and intellectual context: provides a clear account of their principal writings and ideas: assesses their impact and importance; illustrates how they influenced, and were influenced by other, other philosophers; and gives suggestions for further reading. Great Thinkers A-Z is the ideal book for anyone interested in the history of Western thought and a valuable reference resource for students of philosophy and related disciplines
Atheism : a very short introduction by Julian Baggini( Book )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterized by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral. It also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the Twentieth Century. The book presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion
The philosopher's toolkit : a compendium of philosophical concepts and methods by Julian Baggini( Book )

35 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to philosophy describes effective and accurate argumentative techniques
New british philosophy by Julian Baggini( )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From popular introductions to biographies and television programmes, philosophy is everywhere. Many people even want to be philosophers, usually in the cafe or the pub. But what do real philosophers do? What are the big philosophical issues of today? Why do they matter? How did some our best philosophers get into philosophy in the first place? Read New British Philosophy and find out for the first time. Clear, engaging and designed for a general audience, sixteen fascinating interviews with some of the top philosophers working in Britain today range from music to the mind and feminism to the future of philosophy. Each interview is introduced and conducted by Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom of The Philosophers Magazine. This is a unique snapshot of philosophy in Great Britain today and includes interviews with: Ray Monk - Biography Nigel Warburton - the Public Aaron Ridley - Music Jonathan Wolff - Politics Roger Crisp - Ethics Rae Langton - Pornography Miranda Fricker - Knowledge M.G.F
What more philosophers think by Julian Baggini( )

13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of interviews with some of the world's most important and influential philosophers and intellectuals and leading figures in the arts and politics
Making sense : philosophy behind the headlines by Julian Baggini( Book )

23 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Julian Baggini examines the philosophical issues and disputes that lie behind the news headlines. We read about what is happening in the world, but how do we know what the truth is, or whether there is one 'truth' at all? A president has his private sexual affairs discussed and analysed by everyone, but is someone's private life the proper moral concern of others? A 'war' against terrorism is declared, but what justifies the use of armed forces with its inevitable loss of life?"--Jacket
The edge of reason : a rational skeptic in an irrational world by Julian Baggini( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reason, long held as the highest human achievement, is under siege. According to Aristotle, the capacity for reason sets us apart from other animals, yet today it has ceased to be a universally admired faculty. Rationality and reason have become political, disputed concepts, subject to easy dismissal. Julian Baggini argues eloquently that we must recover our reason and reassess its proper place, neither too highly exalted nor completely maligned. Rationality does not require a sterile, scientistic worldview, it simply involves the application of critical thinking wherever thinking is needed. Addressing such major areas of debate as religion, science, politics, psychology, and economics, the author calls for commitment to the notion of a "community of reason," where disagreements are settled by debate and discussion, not brute force or political power. His insightful book celebrates the power of reason, our best hope--indeed our only hope--for dealing with the intractable quagmires of our time."--Jacket
Freedom regained : the possibility of free will by Julian Baggini( Book )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It's a question that has puzzled philosophers and theologians for centuries and is at the heart of numerous political, social, and personal concerns: Do we have free will? In this cogent and compelling book, Julian Baggini explores the concept of free will from every angle, blending philosophy, sociology, and cognitive science to find rich new insights on the intractable questions that have plagued us. Are we products of our culture, or free agents within it? Are our neural pathways fixed early on by a mixture of nature and nurture, or is the possibility of comprehensive, intentional psychological change always open to us? And what, exactly, are we talking about when we talk about freedom anyway? Freedom Regained brings the issues raised by the possibilities--and denials--of free will to thought-provoking life, drawing on scientific research and fascinating encounters with everyone from artists to prisoners to dissidents. He looks at what it means for us to be material beings in a universe of natural laws. He asks if there is any difference between ourselves and the brains from which we seem never able to escape. He throws down the wildcards and plays them to the fullest: What about art? What about addiction? What about twins? And he asks, of course, what this all means for politics. Ultimately, Baggini challenges those who think free will is an illusion. Moving from doubt to optimism to a hedged acceptance of free will, he ultimately lands on a satisfying conclusion: it is something we earn. The result is a highly engaging, new, and more positive understanding of our sense of personal freedom, a freedom that is definitely worth having."--Publisher's description
Philosophy : key themes by Julian Baggini( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theory of Knowledge -- Moral Philosophy -- Philosophy of Mind -- Philosophy of Religion -- Political Philosophy
What philosophers think( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of interviews with some of the world's leading philosophers and intellectuals on a wide range of issues
The ethics toolkit : a compendium of ethical concepts and methods by Julian Baggini( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Ethics Toolkit provides an accessible and engaging compendium of concepts, theories, and strategies relevant to the philosophical practice of ethical reflection and criticism. Following the format of The Philosopher's Toolkit, this volume focuses on ethics, emphasizing philosophical methods and applications as well as various theories and controversies in the area. Written in a style appropriate for use both inside and beyond the classroom, the entries are enlivened through the use of relevant examples, applied explanations, test cases, critical reviews, cross-references, and a helpful appendix. This indispensable resource will encourage students and general readers to think critically about ethics and teach them how to engage intelligently in ethical study, thought, and debate."--Jacket
The pig that wants to be eaten : 100 experiments for the armchair philosopher by Julian Baggini( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers one hundred philosophical puzzles that stimulate thought on a host of moral, social, and personal dilemmas. Taking examples from sources as diverse as Plato and Descartes to Ray Bradbury and Steven Spielberg, author Julian Baggini presents abstract philosophical issues in concrete terms, suggesting possible solutions while encouraging readers to draw their own conclusions. Lively, clever, and thought-provoking, this book is a portable feast for the mind that is sure to satisfy any intellectual appetite.--From publisher description
Philosophy : key texts by Julian Baggini( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy can often seem difficult and off-putting to the beginner, who can be intimidated by its jargon and confused by its subtlety of argument. The aim of this book is therefore to act as a no-nonsense guide for the student and general reader, clearly setting out the main arguments and ideas of six of philosophy's most influential texts in such a way that allows the reader to directly engage with them - for you to do philosophy for yourself
Complaint : from minor moans to principled protests by Julian Baggini( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complaint has driven society forward and has lead to the abolition of injustice-- but it is now associated primarily with inconsequential moans and frivolous litigation. Baggini provides a fascinating insight into an essential part of the human condition-- expressing our dissatisfaction
The pig that wants to be eaten : and ninety-nine other thought experiments by Julian Baggini( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julian Baggini presents 100 of the most interesting thought experiments: short scenarios which pose a problem in a vivid and concrete way, and invites the reader to think about possible answers for him/herself. Experiments cover identity, religion, art, ethics, language, knowledge and many more. In every case, Baggini sets the problem up for the reader, and then offers some ways of approaching it. There are rarely 'right' or 'wrong' answers (though some answers are better than others), but the real point is in the exploration of the question. From Zeno's paradox to Groundhog Day (how do you make sense of a life of eternal recurrence?), via the pig that wants to be eaten (so should you eat him?), Plato's cave, Minority Report (is it right to punish people for what they are going to do, but haven't yet done?), and an American Werewolf in London (how can we tell whether we are awake or dreaming?), this book makes philosophy not only mind-stretching but also entertaining
The ego trick by Julian Baggini( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What and who is the real you? Does it remain constant over time and place, or is it something much more fragmented and fluid? Is it known to you, or are you as much a mystery to yourself as others are to you? With his usual wit, infectious curiosity and bracing scepticism, Julian Baggini sets out to answer these fundamental and unsettling questions
Really, really big questions about God, faith, and religion by Julian Baggini( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An unusual and fun introduction to the philosophy, ethics and meaning behind different kinds of belief. It explores tricky, strange and often unanswered questions such as Do miracles really happen? What do gods look like? Do all religions have a rule book? and How do things become sacred? Expand your spiritual knowledge!"--Editorial reviews
The virtues of the table : how to eat and think by Julian Baggini( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How we eat, farm and shop for food is not only a matter of taste. Our choices regarding what we eat involve every essential aspect of our human nature: the animal, the sensuous, the social, the cultural, the creative, the emotional and the intellectual. Thinking seriously about food requires us to consider our relationship to nature, to our fellow animals, to each other and to ourselves. So can thinking about food teach us about being virtuous, and can what we eat help us to decide how to live?From the author of The Ego Trick and The Pig that Wants to be Eaten comes a thought-provoking exploration of our values and vices. What can fasting teach us about autonomy? Should we, like Kant, 'dare to know' cheese? Should we take media advice on salt with a pinch of salt? And can food be more virtuous, more inherently good, than art?"--Publisher's description
Should you judge this book by its cover? : 100 fresh takes on familiar sayings and quotations by Julian Baggini( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Life is not a dress rehearsal."--Rose Tremain "It's easy saying what things are not. Life is not a bed of roses, God is not an old man sitting in a cloud, winning isn't everything. Some negations, however, are more informative than others. Thinking about why an egg is not an elephant won't get you very far, whereas realizing life is not a dress rehearsal might. It's a reminder that this life is a one-shot deal, and if you mess it up, there's no second try." InShould You Judge This Book by Its Coverphilosopher Julian Baggini examines the meanings behind a host of everyday expressions. Is it really always better to practice what you preach? To do as the Romans do? To be safe, not sorry? In his quest for clarity in everyday language, Baggini leaves no saying behind as he considers such expressions as "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink" and "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Far from a reference book, this entertaining collection is full of short, stimulating capsules of defiantly clear thinking that are meant to fuel thought and conversation
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Atheism : a very short introduction
Great thinkers A-ZAtheism : a very short introductionThe philosopher's toolkit : a compendium of philosophical concepts and methodsNew british philosophyWhat more philosophers thinkMaking sense : philosophy behind the headlinesPhilosophy : key themesWhat philosophers think
Alternative Names
Badžīni, Džulians 1968-

Baggini, J. G.

Julian Baggini Brits filosoof

Julian Baggini philosophe britannique

Джулиан Баггини

جوليان باجينى

جوليان باجيني، 1968-

جولیان بگینی نویسنده و فیلسوف بریتانیایی

바기니, 줄리안

바지니, 줄리언

줄리안 배기니


バジーニ, ジュリアン


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