• How the World Thinks
  • How the World Thinks
  • How the World Thinks
  • How the World Thinks
  • How the World Thinks
  • How the World Thinks
  • How the World Thinks
  • How the World Thinks

How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

Non-Fiction, Philosophy & Social Sciences, Philosophy & Ethics, Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Spirituality
Paperback Published on: 03/10/2019
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How the World Thinks
Delightfully Objective
This book should take you a long time to read. It demands thoughtful, introspective reflection after each fascinating section, making us all consider why w... READ MORE
Radclyffe Baker
How the World Thinks
A fantastic read
A fantastic read: brisk, comprehensive, and avowedly global. I'm sure I am not alone in finding philosophy quite forbidding but Baggini's way of presenting... READ MORE
Clement Knox

Synopsis

Our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for November 2019 'There to fill the Sapiens-size hole in your life' - The Observer 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.

  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 9781783782307
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 301g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm

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How the World Thinks
Mind-expanding, truly.
A phrase tossed around a lot, but really, truly mind-expanding. I like reading philosophy, but it can be either a wishy washy kind of Eastern lilt or galli... READ MORE
Neil Ashcroft
How the World Thinks
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How the World Thinks
Loved It
Reading this book, I felt like travelling around the world, and learning about how people think, straight from my sofa. Page after page, I realised that I... READ MORE
Claudia Dovancescu
How the World Thinks
Cannot recommend this enough
A book about everything! A must read for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of world philosophies. So well written, easy to understand. Wonderf... READ MORE
Kerys Bettles
How the World Thinks
Makes you stop and think
To build on my knowledge I joined a Twitter RE book group and this was the first book to read! A lot of people in the group teach GCSE or A level RE, Philo... READ MORE
mumoftwo
How the World Thinks
Super interesting
A really interesting read, learning how the world thinks particularly in the east is eye opening.
George Cox
How the World Thinks
A beautifully broad insight on worldwide philosophies
How The World Thinks is an amazingly open-minded, eloquent and insightful retrospective of various human philosophies worldwide, from Ancient Rome and Gree... READ MORE
Jordan Ezekude