Julian Baggini
Writer

Julian Baggini is a British writer and philosopher. His latest book is How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy (2018).

Written by Julian Baggini

Wittgenstein’s restored hut at Skjolden, Norway. All photos courtesy Jon Bolstad and © Wittgenstein Initiative except where noted

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Thinkers and theories
Secular pilgrimage

Visiting Wittgenstein’s home evokes the philosopher’s serious, ascetic mind (no doubt he would disapprove its restoration)

Julian Baggini

Illustration by Petra Eriksson at Handsome Frank

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Thinkers and theories
Hume the humane

Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now

Julian Baggini

Daoist power: Herding Horses by Han Gan, Tang dynasty, China. Photo courtesy the National Palace Museum, Taipei/Wikipedia

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Fairness and equality
In defence of hierarchy

As a society we have forgotten how to talk about the benefits of hierarchy, expertise and excellence. It’s time we remembered

Stephen C Angle, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Julian Baggini and others

Chasing the Michelin star. Jonathan Hanson/Gallery Stock

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Food and drink
Recipe for success

Who should we admire more: the Michelin-starred chef with his teams and glamour, or the unsung but brilliant cook?

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Paris, 1951. Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum

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Food and drink
To tip or not to tip?

Rude in Tokyo, rude not to in New York – tipping mystifies tourists, economists and anthropologists. Should we stop?

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An audience for TEDActive 2014. Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Flickr

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Mood and emotion
Super excited

Does relentless enthusiasm really help the world, or should generation TED learn to take a more sceptical view?

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Food, glorious food: Photo by Nickolas Muray/George Eastman House/Getty Images

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Childhood and adolescence
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

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Photo by Tatsuro Nishimura/Gallery Stock

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Biotechnology
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

Julian Baggini

A funeral in Italy, 1951. Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

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Death
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?

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Illustration by Stephen Collins

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History of ideas
I still love Kierkegaard

He is the dramatic thunderstorm at the heart of philosophy and his provocation is more valuable than ever

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Photo by Julian Baggini

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Education
Bibliocide

They were mouldy, unread and long out of date. So why did I feel so bad about burning my Britannicas?

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At a café in Turin, Italy. Photo by Martin Parr/Magnum

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Food and drink
Joy in the task

Even the finest restaurants are serving coffee made with capsules. Have we lost faith in the human touch?

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The Frantzén/Lindeberg restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo by vdKG Design

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Food and drink
A taste of the divine

An exquisite, luxurious meal is an ephemeral pleasure – but perhaps that’s the point. So is the human condition

Julian Baggini