Julian Baggini is a philosopher, writer and journalist whose work encompasses a wide range of interests and styles.
Julian was awarded a Ph.D. from University College London for his thesis on the philosophy of personal identity in 1996. He then went on to found The Philosophers’ Magazine with Jeremy Stangroom, supporting himself with a portfolio of jobs that included teaching and, increasingly, journalism and writing.
His writing bore fruit in 2002, when five books he wrote, co-wrote or co-edited were published. Among the most significant of these was his first major trade book, Making Sense: Philosophy Behind the Headines (Oxford University Press) and the textbook he co-authored with Peter S. Fosl, The Philosophers’ Toolkit (Blackwell), which went through several reprints in its first year.
Julian is increasingly in demand as a journalist and commentator, writing articles for The Guardian, BBC News Online, Prospect, Times Education Supplement, the Observer and New Humanist, among others. He makes regular appearances on national radio and television.
Granta have since published What’s It All About?, The Pig that Wants to be Eaten: 100 Experiments in Philosophy and Welcome to Everytown, The Duck that Won the Lottery, Should You Judge This Book by its Cover?, The Ego Trick and The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think.
Freedom Regained was published by Granta in 2015, and The Edge of Reason, was published by Yale University Press in 2016.
Julian’s latest book, A Short History of Truth: Consolations for a Post-Truth World, was published by Quercus in September 2017.
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The Edge of Reason
An urgent defense of reason, the essential method for resolving-or even discussing-divisive issues Reason, long held as the highest human achievement, is under siege. According […]
Do we have free will? It’s a question that has puzzled philosophers and theologians for centuries and feeds into numerous political, social, and personal concerns. […]
The Virtues Of The Table: How To Eat And Think
How we eat, farm and shop for food is not only a matter of taste. Our choices regarding what we eat involve every essential aspect […]
Should You Judge This Book By Its Cover?
Another rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating and entertaining capsules of philosophy from the master of the genre. This time Baggini applies his philosophical scalpel to […]