We’re constantly told to look at the wisdom of the old philosophers. But shouldn’t they now be consigned to history? Julian Baggini, author of The Ego Trick: What it Means to be You, among many books, joins Natalie Haynes (The Ancient Guide to Modern Life) and Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy, to debate whether the old still offers something for today.
Julian Baggini’s books include The Ego Trick; Welcome to Everytown; What’s It All About? – Philosophy and the Meaning of Life; and The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, all published by Granta Books. He writes for several newspapers and magazines and is co-founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine. Visit the microphilosopy website at www.microphilosophy.net.
Natalie Haynes has toured internationally with her comedy show and has played virtually every comedy festival in the UK. Her first novel, The Great Escape, won a PETA Proggy Award, for best animal-friendly children’s book in 2008. Her most recent book is The Ancient Guide To Modern Life. She has written for the Independent, Times, Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph and Big Issue. She writes a monthly film column for The Reader’s Digest magazine. She makes regular appearances on radio and TV. Visit her website at www.nataliehaynes.com.
Nigel Warburton is a senior lecturer at the Open University and bestselling author of several popular introductory philosophy books including Philosophy: The Basics; Thinking from A to Z; Philosophy: The Classics; Philosophy: Basic Readings; Freedom: An Introduction with Readings; and The Art Question. His most recent is A Little History of Philosophy. He can be found blogging, podcasting and twittering via his popular philosophy blog, Virtual Philosopher, at www.virtualphilosopher.com.
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