How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

Category: Book
By (author): Baggini Julian
Subject:  PHILOSOPHY / General
  PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General
Publisher: Granta Publications
Published: October 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.80in x 5.00in
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From The Publisher*

The first ever global overview of philosophy: how it developed around the world and impacted the cultures in which it flourished, now in paperback.

"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 expands 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.

From The Publisher*The first ever global overview of philosophy: how it developed around the world and impacted the cultures in which it flourished, now in paperback.
From The Publisher*'There to fill the Sapiens-size hole in your life' 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.
Review Quote*Praise for Julian Baggini:
"Baggini has that rare but wonderful gift of being able to be at once profound and highly entertaining" - Alexander McCall Smith
"Taut, incisive, bullet-hard" - Sunday Times
"Engaging and clever... [Baggini provides] a beguiling mix of insights from philosophy, psychology and sociology" - Times Literary Supplement
"[Baggini is] a serious thinker and a fluent writer" - Financial Times