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Making Sense: Philosophy behind the headlines
Making Sense Philosophy behind the headlines Author:Julian Baggini Julian Baggini examines the philosophical issues and disputes that lie behind the news headlines. We read about what is happening in the world, but how do we know what truth is, or whether there is one 'truth' at all? A president has his private sexual affairs discussed and analysed by everyone, but is someone's private life that proper moral co... more »ncern of others? A 'war' against terrorism is declared, but what justifies the use of armed forces with its inevitable loss of life?
Julian Baggini draws out these philosophical disputes and shows how we can use the techniques of philosophy and the insights of its greatest practitioners to understand the issues behind the headlines. He explores the role of philosophy in showing both the limits and the reach of philosophical analysis of current affairs, arguing that applying philosophy to news stories can and should inform our wider understanding of what we know, believe, and value.
This stimulating book covers themes such as war, truth, morality, the environment, religious faith, euthanasia, and the meaning of value. He examines such news stories as the siege at Waco, the genetically modified foods debate, and advances in human therapeutic cloning. The discussions interweave philosophy and current affairs to create a compelling narrative that challenges how we make sense both of the world around us and of our own beliefs.
Julia Baggini is editor and co-publisher of The Philosophers' Magazine, which he founded in 1997. He has a PhD in philosophy from University College London, and is publishing four books in the course of 2002: Brit Phil: Interviews with Philosophers, The Philosopher's Toolkit, Philosophy: Five Key Themes, and Philosophy: Five Keys Texts. He has also written for several newspapers and magazines, including the Independent, THES, Prospect, and New Humanist.« less