How the World Thinks | Granta

  • Published: 03/10/2019
  • ISBN: 9781783782307
  • 129x20mm
  • 432 pages

How the World Thinks

Julian Baggini

‘There to fill the Sapiens-size hole in your life’ Observer

In this groundbreaking global overview of philosophy, Julian Baggini travels the world to provide a wide-ranging map of human thought.

One of the great unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the same time. These early philosophies have had a profound impact on the development of distinctive cultures in different parts of the world. What we call ‘philosophy’ in the West is not even half the story.

Julian Baggini sets out to expand our horizons in How the World Thinks, exploring the philosophies of Japan, India, China and the Muslim world, as well as the lesser-known oral traditions of Africa and Australia’s first peoples. Interviewing thinkers from around the globe, Baggini asks questions such as: why is the West is more individualistic than the East? What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe? And how has China resisted pressures for greater political freedom?

Offering deep insights into how different regions operate, and paying as much attention to commonalities as to differences, Baggini shows that by gaining greater knowledge of how others think we take the first step to a greater understanding of ourselves.

This bold fascinating book seeks to inhabit other philosophical traditions, with humility but without patronisingly exempting them from the critique he applies to ours... Deft [and] rigorous

Jane O'Grady, Financial Times

There to fill the Sapiens-size hole in your life

Observer

Terrific. The intellectual and spiritual generosity of this book makes it an essential text for our fractious and dangerously divided era

Richard Holloway

The Author

JULIAN BAGGINI’s books include the Sunday Times-bestselling How the World Thinks; How to Think Like a Philosopher; The Virtues of the Table; and the bestseller The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, all published by Granta Books. He is the Academic Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and is a member of the Food Ethics Council. He has written for the Guardian, the TLS, the Financial Times and Prospect, among other publications, and for academic journals and think tanks. His website is julianbaggini.com.

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