How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

In the first 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 In the first global overview of philosophy, Julian Baggini travels the world to provide a wide-ranging map of human though...

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Title:How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy
Author:Julian Baggini
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:1783782285
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy Reviews

  • thom
    Mar 29, 2019
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  • Doni
    Jul 07, 2019
    SO good! ...
  • E.
    Jan 23, 2019
    Ever since I began teaching philosophy in the 1990's I've tried to expand the canon and to include non-Western elements in my teaching. These movements have gained momentum more broadly in the academy in recent years, and so I've been trying to expand my understanding so I can be a bet...
  • Lionel
    Jul 04, 2019
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  • Doug Newdick
    May 18, 2019
    Julian Baggini's book is intellectually generous and open-hearted. It starts from the rejection of the parochialism that is at the heart of much of the teaching of Western philosophy (and specifically in the "analytic" tradition), and continues to a fair minded dialogue with many of th...
  • Mike Steinharter
    Oct 11, 2018
    I so wanted to learn from this book; Understanding philosophies from around the world sounded quite interesting and it grabbed my attention at the bookstore and no doubt the author?s experience is extensive, but the writing just didn?t invite me in to learn and understand. To be fa...
  • Richard
    Dec 13, 2018
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  • Dan
    Mar 16, 2019
    A book on, well, how people think around the world. At least assuming that the countries' philosophies reflect onto the people (and vice versa). Not the most rigorous approach, and the author's western bias can be noticed at several places, even though he specifically critiques western...
  • Ting Tong
    Jun 20, 2019
    Review This book is excellent at getting you to question the way in which you think and how this underpins your belief system in regards to life. Western thinking with its colonial racism often views its scientific enquiry for truth and progress as superior to eastern respect for knowl...
  • Max Gwynne
    Feb 02, 2019
    A fantastically enlightening book written with great intelligence by Baggini, a man who has certainly done an impressive about of research into the subject matter. However his writing style bogs the book down in density, unnecessarily so, and drags my rating down from a book that could...
  • Maggie
    Jul 01, 2019
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  • George
    Mar 26, 2019
    An intriguing book examining the many perspectives culture and place put on to philosophy. It?s not all about old white men :) many will find this a little light on content where more cultures could be covered. But the author does a good job in balancing exposition and cultural compa...
  • Colin Myles
    Apr 20, 2019
    A really interesting read. Showing the world and how we view it, as sometimes the same and different all at once. A good read. ...
  • Jim McCrory
    Mar 04, 2019
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  • Nosemonkey
    Feb 03, 2019
    Interesting thematic (rather than regional) overview of global philosophy, taking a comparative approach to find similarities between disparate traditions. Very much aimed at Western audiences, and relatively top level - and so an accessible, easy, occasionally thought-provoking read a...
  • Indrani Ganguly
    Feb 20, 2019
    It would have been more appropriate to name this book 'How Some People Think' given it's largely the viewpoint of a middle-class Anglo-Saxon male. Women are dismissed with a summary comment ''women's voices are almost entirely absent from the world's classical traditions'. This is true...
  • Michael Layden
    Mar 20, 2019
    My training and my interests have largely been in the physical sciences. Philosophy is one of the glaring holes in my education. I have absorbed some ideas over the years and have a thin vineer of knowledge of western philosophy. This book has helped me think more widely both on the p...
  • Patrick Ball
    Dec 16, 2018
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  • Michael Platt
    Feb 16, 2019
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  • Xijian Lim
    Feb 11, 2019
    Pretty simple to follow and a good way to summarize broad philosophical aspects. If your wanting to get a a lay of the land with respect to cultural norms on a geographical perpective, then this book is for you. One drawback is that it mostly deals with classical philosophy, stopping s...
  • Jelger Beltman
    Dec 28, 2018
    Capturing the wisdom of this book in a review is next to impossible. The mind-expanding collections of philosophies really paint a beautiful picture of the world. The differences between individual freedom and social harmony explain the shortcomings of the western ways of thinking. The...
  • Toni
    May 04, 2019
    According to How the World Thinks by Baggini (2018), philosophy and religion are not always neatly separable. In the Middle Ages, Islamic philosophy, falsafa, and religious philosophy, kal?m, battled for supremacy. Kal?m succeeded in claiming religious priority over reasoning. Howeve...
  • Alex
    Jan 18, 2019
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  • Alex G
    Dec 22, 2018
    Excellent book - fascinating reading, well put together, clearly written and full of things to think about. ...
  • Renee
    Nov 23, 2018
    Reading this book aloud in the car, discovering gems together over Kopi and Roti Prata, letting a stranger skim through it just before the start of a lecture, discussing it with my boss after a workshop, trying to explain its gist to a curious 7-year-old. These were my favourite memori...
  • Anri
    Dec 12, 2018
    He elaborates seemingly-indifferent concepts of different parts of the world together under certain blanket words (as in index), and it works. I found some chapters boring, as they seem to be a mere array of thoughts by using the corresponding words in foreign languages. Sometimes ...
  • Steve Murphy
    Jun 08, 2019
    A comparison of western and eastern philosophy highlighting strengths and weaknesses of respective beliefs. I found it a great look at multiple philosophies for a first time reader of any philosophy book. Don't expect an ultimate conclusion on what to believe but convincing case for th...
  • Ron Shaw
    Jul 09, 2019
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  • Anthony Vernon
    Apr 16, 2019
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  • sipifalls
    May 12, 2019
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