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How to Think Like a Philosopher

Essential Principles for Clearer Thinking

Julian Baggini



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23 May 2023

Pay attention. As politics slides toward impulsivity, and outrage bests rationality, how can philosophy help us critically engage with real world problems? Question everything.

Drawing on decades of work in philosophy including a huge range of interviews with contemporary philosophers, Julian Baggini sets out how philosophical thought can promote incisive thinking. Introducing everyday examples and contemporary political concerns - from climate change to implicit bias - How to Think Like a Philosopher is a revelatory exploration of the techniques, methods and principles that guide philosophy, and how they can be applied to our own lives. Seek clarity, not certainty.

Covering canonical philosophers and focal movements, as well as introducing new voices in contemporary philosophy, this is both a short history of philosophy and an accessible, practical guide to good thinking. Through twelve key principles, Julian Baggini outlines a pathway to a more humane, balanced and rational approach to thinking, to politics, and to life.

Imprint:   Granta
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   331g
ISBN:   9781783789801
ISBN 10:   1783789808
Pages:   320
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

JULIAN BAGGINI's many books include the Sunday Times bestselling How the World Thinks, Freedom Regained, The Virtues of the Table, The Godless Gospel and the bestselling The Pig that Wants to be Eaten. He has written for, among others, the Guardian, the TLS, the Financial Times and Prospect, and for magazines, academic journals and think tanks. His website is

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