Author of The Pig that Wants to be Eaten, and one of the UK’s most widely read philosophers, Julian Baggini joins us in the bookshop to interrogate the borders of fact and rationality.
In A Short History of Truth, Julian sets out to explain the current era of ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ by surveying the history of truth and falsehood. Identifying ten types of truth, he reveals how none are foolproof and makes a passionate case for the continuing social enterprise of working towards the possibility of a verifiable world.
The Edge of Reason, another of Julian’s books publishing this autumn, examines Aristotle’s claim that reason is what differentiates us from the animals. Here he argues that the value of rationality must be re-emphasised in the face of an increasingly irrational world. Addressing such diverse issues as economics, religion, psychology, and politics, Baggini espouses the necessity of critical thinking in all places where thinking deeply is required.
This will be a most stimulating evening, and a brilliant opportunity to consider the nature of contemporary discourse with a prominent, and popular, philosophical writer.
These Event Vouchers include attendance at the event and a £6 book voucher redeemable against either The Edge of Reason (RRP: £10.99) or A Short History of the Truth (RRP: 9.99)
These Event Vouchers are specially for staff and students of the university. They include attendance at the event and a £5 book voucher redeemable against either The Edge of Reason (RRP: £10.99) or A Short History of the Truth (RRP: 9.99)
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