Philosophy

Julian Baggini: How the World Thinks

Mon 19 Nov / Quarterhouse

Philosopher Julian Baggini has travelled the globe to find out how our ancient philosophical traditions both shape and reflect how we think today. He has ended up with a hugely wide-ranging map of human thought covering the West, East Asia and the Muslim world and the oft-neglected philosophies transmitted in oral traditions, with particular focus on Africa and Australia's first peoples. Interviewing thinkers from all around the world, he asks why, for instance, is the West seen as more individualistic than the East? Why is secularism not as powerful a force in the Islamic world as in Europe? Why has China been able to resist pressures for greater political freedom? He argues that by gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can also understand ourselves better.

6pm
Tickets: £8/Friends & concessions £7

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