Julian Baggini’s How the World Thinks is there to fill the Sapiens-size hole in your life’ Observer’s guide to Autumn in culture In this groundbreaking global overview of philosophy, Julian Baggini travels the world to provide a wide-ranging map of human thought. One of the great unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the same time. These early philosophies have had a profound impact on the development of distinctive cultures in different parts of the world. What we call ‘philosophy’ in the West is not even half the story. Julian Baggini sets out to expand our horizons in How the World Thinks, exploring the philosophies of Japan, India, China and the Muslim world, as well as the lesser-known oral traditions of Africa and Australia’s first peoples. Interviewing thinkers from around the globe, Baggini asks questions such as: why is the West is more individualistic than the East? What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe? And how has China resisted pressures for greater political freedom? Offering deep insights into how different regions operate, and paying as much attention to commonalities as to differences, Baggini shows that by gaining greater knowledge of how others think we take the first step to a greater understanding of ourselves.
How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy Hardcover by Julian Baggini
Julian Baggini’s book “How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy” provides a comprehensive account of philosophical traditions from antiquity to the present, from ancient Greece to contemporary China. Baggini examines the major theories and thinkers who have influenced how we perceive reality, our place in the world, and ourselves by drawing on a variety of sources and viewpoints. Together with the well-known Western philosophical canon, the book analyses a wide range of philosophical traditions, such as Indian, Chinese, African, and Islamic philosophy. Baggini’s research demonstrates how several philosophical traditions can confront and support one another, providing a rich and complex understanding of human cognition and culture.