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Julian Baggini

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Education: University College London: Philosophy PhD (thesis: Psychological Reductionism About Persons: A Critical Development)

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Current position/role: Commentator

  • also writes/written for: The Observer, The Independent, The Sunday Herald, Prospect, Times Educational Supplement, New Humanist

Other roles/Main role: editor of The Philosophers' Magazine

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Viewpoints/Insight: In his search for England, Julian Baggini expected to find racism, sexism and fear ...He found something much more thought-provoking - 'Time Out with Nick Cohen', New Statesman, 2nd April 2007

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  • Do they think you're stupid?: 100 ways of spotting spin and nonsense from the media, pundits and politicians OCLC 559844393, 2010
  • What's It All About? Philosophy and the Meaning of Life OCLC 502042653, 2010
  • Should You Judge This Book by Its Cover?: 100 Fresh Takes on Familiar Sayings and Quotations OCLC 460054491, 2010
  • Hume on religion OCLC 609532902, 2010
  • The philosopher's toolkit : a compendium of philosophical concepts and methods OCLC456977595, 2010
  • The Ego Trick : in search of the self OCLC 694600656, 2011

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Latest work: The shrink and the sage: A guide to living with Antonia Macaro. Icon Books Ltd., May 2012

Academic papers: papers/texts (julianbaggini.com)

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Articles: 2008

  • Dear God, we could really use you - It does us good to try to see ourselves from your point of view, even though you don't really have one - Monday, 15th December 2008
  • The science of ignorance - Knowing how people behaved in one economic crash won't tell you how they'll behave in the next - Tuesday, 25th November 2008
  • Theo Hobson v Julian Baggini - Does it matter whether the majority of religious believers actually think the things atheists claim they do? - 3rd November 2008
  • Just good friends? - If you want to be happy, make sure you have at least 10 friends – or so we're told by the latest research - 26th October 2008
  • Misinforming the nation - An important debate about treating drug addicts is the latest victim of John Humphrys' abrasive style - 2nd October 2008
  • Cock and bull - For Christians to take offence at Terence Koh's statue of Jesus is bogus. But the licence to mock belief is not unlimited - 3rd September 2008
  • Everyday wisdom - Can serious intellectual theory provide the key to happiness and personal fulfilment for everyone? Julian Baggini examines a new series of practical philosophy books dedicated to 'the art of living' - 2nd September 2008

World Congress of Philosophy, 2008

  • Truth stranger than falsehood - At the World Congress of Philosophy everyone at least tries to pretend to take strange beliefs seriously - 31st August 2008
  • A class apart? - Philosophers from around the world are gathering in Seoul. But you don't have to be a professional to ask the big questions - 30th August 2008
  • Broadening British horizons - For some philosophers, attending the World Congress in Seoul is a huge privilege. So why does it leave British delegates cold? - 5th August 2008
  • Great minds don't think alike - Everyone listens respectfully but no one is interested in changing their opinion. So what exactly is the point of conferences? - 4th August 2008
  • I think, therefore iPod - Is an iPod part of your mind? The question is not as daft as it may sound - 3rd August 2008

  • We need to talk about lending - Lionel Shriver is right that debt has a moral dimension, but it's not a simple matter of 'saving good, borrowing bad' - 25th August 2008
  • Pinch me, I'm dreaming - Some cried foul over China's Olympic ceremony, but the line between reality and representation can be a blurry one - 12th August 2008
  • Consensus of hard and soft - On asylum, the tough brigade and the bleeding hearts in fact want many of the same things - 24th July 2008
  • Courage of the flip-flop - It's easy to be a conviction politician. Real bravery consists of changing tack according to the evidence - 5th July 2008
  • Foca matters, even if you're an atheist - Belief will always be with us. And if we want those churches that thrive to be inclusive we have to take an interest in the debate - 2nd July 2008
  • Good news for optimists - Try looking on the bright side of current events. You might feel a little silly, but you will be a lot happier - 7th June 2008
  • Speakers' corner - Should we stop people we consider evil from speaking in public? It can be tempting, but the answer must be no - 23rd May 2008
  • The chicken and the capitalist eggs - Has Easter become more commercialised because business wants our money, or because we want to buy more? - 22nd March 2008
  • The fear factor - Julian Baggini discovers the difference between sensible risk assessment and abject terror in Risk by Dan Gardner and Panicology by Simon Briscoe and Hugh Aldersey-Williams - 22nd March 2008

Articles: 2007

  • Giving up the goats - The fashionable presents of last Christmas seemed to mark a new altruism, but Scrooge is now back - 11th December 2007
  • Giving up on giving - Charitable donations decreased in the UK last year but what's the explanation? And why are married women more generous than single men? - 10th December 2008
  • For God's sake, start moaning - Our ability to complain is what drives humanity forward and separates us from the beasts - 6th December 2007
  • The wireless disconnect - A negative, paranoid attitude is displacing the optimistic ethos the internet once promised - 17th November 2008
  • What is celebration? - Should we celebrate World Philosophy Day today? And if so, what would be an appropriate way to do so? - 15th November 2007
  • The passion killers - Once again, scientists are pouring cold factual disdain on one of the warmer areas of human interaction: falling in love - 7th November 2007
  • Binary limitations - A predictable debate surrounds James Watson's recent comments. But how far could you go along with his argument before descending into racism? - 22nd October 2007
  • Xiaolu Guo on censorship, UK style - The Chinese author and film-maker has complained of 'commercial censorship' of her latest film. Is it just sour grapes? - 12th June 2008
  • Good heavens - some decent atheist drama - Non-believers these days seem so zealous and shrill. Fortunately, two plays deal the subject in a sympathetic and balanced way - 11th June 2008
  • The call of duty - As Tony Blair said in South Africa today, interventionist policies are often mocked. But our moral duty to help the developing world should be beyond dispute - 31st May 2007
  • A date with the Elvis of philosophy - The charismatic and eccentric king of thinking, Slavoj Zizek, is in town and I could watch him talk all day - 4th May 2007
  • Should festivals pay all speakers the same? - Margaret Drabble objects to Clinton's six-figure festival fee, but the literary marketplace is rarely on an even keel - 2nd May 2007
  • A sense of community - What difference has 10 years of Blair made to the way we see each other? - 1st May 2007
  • Hegel, shmegel - John Reid may have stunned his parliamentary critics into submission by quoting the German philosopher, but was it any better than political Kant - 25th April 2007
  • This is what civilisations is really about - Relativism has made liberal openness appear weak, empty and repugnant compared with the clarity of dogma - 14th April 2007
  • The Dutch philosopher who's spending a week in a barrel - 5th April 2007
  • Career goals - Up to half a million refused asylum seekers are living in the UK, destitute with no legal means of support. We should let them work - 28th March 2007
  • Why can't I thank the people who helped my book? - Lengthy acknowledgments in books are there for the simple reason that lots of people helped them into being. In most cases, anyway... - 16th March 2007
  • The shadow of his former self - Jean Baudrillard, the French philosopher who told us that everything is mere simulacrum, is dead. But his ideas have a life of their own - 7th March 2007
  • Free doesn't mean unfair - Some dissenters claim the fair trade movement is about do-gooders up to no good. They are wrong - 5th March 2007
  • Kant or cant? - Philosophy is being taught in nurseries in Scotland - apparently, with impressive results. Let's hope they include a class on scepticism - 5th February 2007
  • How racist is Britain? - Events on Big Brother have ignited a fierce debate about Britain and racism. While researching his new book about the British psyche, philosopher Julian Baggini spent six months living in Rotherham, Yorkshire. Here, he explains why he doesn't believe most white Britons are racists - even though he heard racist language almost everywhere he went - 23rd January 2007

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