How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy (Paperback)Julian Baggini (author)
- Save £2.00
- 10+ in stock
A ground-breaking survey of the philosophies of the world, their origin and their relevance to twenty-first century life, Baggini’s tour de force is the first to truly contrast and evaluate differing philosophical cultures across the globe. Illustrating the great Eastern systems of thought with clarity and concision, How the World Thinks is a triumph of comparative philosophy.
'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
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 301 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
You may also be interested in...
“Willing to think about the way you think? Read this.”
Have you ever thought? If so, you should read this book. If you’re interested in thinking (and you must be, having reached the third sentence of this review), then you should definitely read this book. Buy it now.
“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 gallingly western centric. This book marries it all together... More
This book should take you a long time to read. It demands thoughtful, introspective reflection after each fascinating section, making us all consider why we think the way we do, what (who?) has shaped our thoughts,... More
Please sign in to write a review
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?
For shops outside of these areas: reserve online, pay on collection.
Or, add to basket, pay online, collect in as little as 2 hours, subject to availability.