Julian Baggini is a writer and founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine. His latest book The Virtues of the Table, will be published in January 2014 by Granta.
The madeleine effect
Why is the smell and taste of some foods so evocative of the past? I spent a day eating childhood favourites to find out
The vegan carnivore?
It's made in a lab, no factory farms and no killing, but it's still meat. Looks like we'll need a whole new food ethics
The death of my father
When someone close to you dies, the very fabric of your life is ripped to shreds. Is philosophy any consolation?
I still love Kierkegaard
He is the dramatic thunderstorm at the heart of philosophy and his provocation is more valuable than ever
They were mouldy, unread and long out of date. So why did I feel so bad about burning my Britannicas?
Joy in the task
Even the finest restaurants are serving coffee made with capsules. Have we lost faith in the human touch?
A taste of the divine
An exquisite, luxurious meal is an ephemeral pleasure – but perhaps that's the point. So is the human condition