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lucked out

There was a piece by Julian Baggini in yesterday’s Guardian – about Bitcoins and the casino aspects of our economy generally – in which the following sentence, or something very like it, appeared: ‘If you’re lucky you worry about paying the mortgage; if you’re a little less lucky you worry about paying the rent; if you’ve lucked out completely you worry about being kicked out of your hostel’. 141 more words

Fewer Opinions

“We have a staggering arrogance in our own belief. That can be tempered by not being 100% certain; by being provisional. No matter what the debate is, very few people have the modesty to suspend judgement on a whole range of things; most intelligent people have an opinion and are expected to have an opinion by other people – but it always requires making a personal judgement that goes way-beyond your expertise.

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What Philosophy Is

The essay below has been edited and expanded from an email of June 2, 2015. With my presumptuous title, I imitate Arthur Danto’s What Art Is… 2,181 more words

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The Philosophical Universe Comes Through

A wonderful article I came across in Aeon this morning made me remember just how beautifully fundamental Søren Kierkegaard has been for the development of my personality, or personhood, or, if you want to go there, my soul. 674 more words

Genre of the Week: Really, Really Big Questions About Faith by Julian Baggini

As we come up on the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses posted by Martin Luther, which created the Lutheran Church, the next articles will focus on Martin Luther, his relationship with Christ and how it affects Christians today.  710 more words

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The Ego Trick: What does it mean to be you?

The Ego Trick: In Search of the Self by Julian Baggini

(Alternate Title: The Ego Trick: In search of the self)

Synopsis: Are you still the person who lived fifteen, ten or five years ago? 220 more words

Truth & Revelation

“People’s interest in the truth is often a concern not with facts but with their meanings. The truth in a portrait, for example, is not necessarily a matter of realistic fidelity.

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