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Julian Baggini

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Julian Baggini is a British philosopher and the author of several books about philosophy written for a general audience. He is the author of The Pig that Wants to be Eaten and 99 other thought experiments (2005) and is co-founder and editor of The Philosophers' Magazine. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 1996 from University College London for a thesis on the philosophy of personal identity. In addition to his popular philosophy books, Baggini contributes to The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, and the BBC. He has been a regular guest on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time. ...more

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Julian Baggini I don't fear death but nor do I look forward to it! Mortality gives me a bitter-sweet appreciation of life every day. Think of how the Japanese celebr…moreI don't fear death but nor do I look forward to it! Mortality gives me a bitter-sweet appreciation of life every day. Think of how the Japanese celebrate Hanami, the cherry blossom season. The beauty is appreciated because, not in spite, of the fact that it is short-lived. You savour it with a sadness for its passing.
Because life is a process, it must end and nothing can be eternal. This is not a nihilistic thoughts at all because it is only because life is a process that it has the value that it does. So life is beautiful and sad at the same time: you cannot have the one without the other.
It might sound surprising but I think my most sustained attempt to address these issues is found in my short book on Babette's Feast (BFI Film Classics)(less)
Julian Baggini I suspect there could be some interesting family history. We know very little and a few things don’t add up. I suspect there’s nothing too interesting…moreI suspect there could be some interesting family history. We know very little and a few things don’t add up. I suspect there’s nothing too interesting to discover but it has great dramatic potential!(less)
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The meanings of equality

A new settlement is needed in which the values of freedom, equality and social solidarity are in better balance. Despite the tensions between them, they are not necessarily trapped in a zero-sum game. 

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“Real life is about accepting ups and downs, the good and the bad, the possibility of failure as well as the ambition to succeed. Atheism speaks to the truth about our human nature because it recognizes all this and does not seek to shield us from the truth by myth and superstition”
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“Morality is more than possible without God, it is entirely independent of him.”
Julian Baggini, Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

“Philosophy without criticism is like hunting deer without a shotgun, so, if you want people to like you, avoid robust philosophical debate.”
Julian Baggini, The Duck That Won the Lottery: and 99 Other Bad Arguments

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