In Episode 60, The Occupational Philosophers chat with Julian Baggini, a philosopher, journalist and the author of over 20 books about philosophy. He is a co-founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine and has written for numerous international newspapers and magazines. In addition to writing on the subject of philosophy, he has also written books on atheism, secularism and the nature of national identity. In 2012 he was commissioned by the National Trust to be the philosopher-in-residence for the White Cliffs of Dover where he was required to reflect on the chalk cliffs and their significance to the national identity.

His books include 

  • How The World Thinks: A Global History Of Philosophy
  • Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will 
  • Should You Judge This Book by Its Cover? 
  • The Duck That Won the Lottery: And 99 Other Bad Arguments 
  • The Pig that Wants to be Eaten and 99 other thought experiments 
  • What’s It All about? Philosophy and the Meaning of life 
  • And his most recently published book – ‘How to think like a philosopher’

In this episode, they explore:

  • The 12 practices, habits and attitudes to help us think like a philosopher
  • Why paying attention is the key to sound thinking
  • Why ‘faffing’ isn’t a waste of time
  • How to put some ‘speed bumps’ in your organisation so you arrive at better solutions
  • Whether curiosity killed the cat? Well, yes, and no…
  • Is creativity an attempt to become immortal? 
  • How listening to David Gilmour of Pink Floyd might explain the meaning of life
  • Why Croissants and Coffee are the Secrets to a happy life
  • And if an eyebrow is transplanted to above the top lip, is it still an eyebrow?

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