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Making Sense: Philosophy Behind the Headlines

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In Making Sense, Julian Baggini examines the philosophical issues and disputes that lie behind such news stories as the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, the war against terrorism, the siege at Waco, genetically modified foods, and advances in human therapeutic cloning.
Baggini, founding editor of the highly popular Philosopher's Magazine, shows how we can use the techniques of phi
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Published January 15th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2002)
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Heather Browning
A great overview of some of the philosophical issues behind current news stories, covering issues such as the role of science, right to life, ethics of war and right to privacy. The language is simple and easy to understand, avoiding philosophical jargon to make the arguments accessible to all readers. As the author suggests, the main function of the book isn't to tell you what to think about these issues, but to encourage individual thought and rational debate, which I think is achieved. I didn ...more
Ali Al-Birminghami
This book highlights the role that philosophy can play in unravelling controversial current affairs issues in order to make sound judgements about where the truth lies.

Baggini presents philosophy as a practical tool in critical thinking and applies it to several well known issues from GM foods to recent wars. Although his arguments are generally well thought out, his reasoning is occasionally marred by his bias towards atheism.
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I'm considering using this book for my Intro to Philosophy course this spring.
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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 ...more
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