Julian Baggini (GBR)

Philosopher and writer


Dr Julian Baggini is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including The Godless Gospel, How The World Thinks, The Virtues of the Table and The Ego Trick and, most recently, How to Think Like a Philosopher.


Julian was the founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He has served as Academic Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent and has been a member of the Food Ethics Council since 2016.



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How the World Thinks

Luxor stage
19. 7. 2024 15:45 - 16:45


In his eye-opening book, British philosopher Julian Baggini sets out to expand our horizons, 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, he asks questions such as: why is the West more individualistic than the East? What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe?
Offering deep insights into how different regions operate, and paying as much attention to commonalities as to differences, Julian shows that by gaining greater knowledge of how others think we take the first step to a greater understanding of ourselves. His philosopher debate partner at Meltingpot will be Tomáš Sedláček.


How to think like a philosopher

Gamechangers stage
18. 7. 2024 12:15 - 13:15


In this revelatory exploration of the guiding principles of philosophy, Baggini demonstrates how we can apply these to life’s big and small questions, showing us the way to a more humane, balanced and rational approach to thinking.