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Making Sense By Julian Baggini

Making Sense
by Julian Baggini

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Examines the philosophical issues and disputes that lie behind the news headlines of the day. This book covers themes such as morality, the environment and religious faith through such news stories as the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, the war against terrorism and the siege at Waco.
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Making Sense: Philosophy Behind the Headlines by Julian Baggini

Making Sense examines the philosophical issues and disputes that lie behind the news headlines of the day. We read about what is happening in the world, but how do we know what the truth is, or whether there is one 'truth' at all? A president has his private sexual affairs discussed and analysed by everyone, but is the private life of anyone the proper moral concern of others? A war against terrorism is declared, but what justifies the use of armed forces with its inevitable loss of life? Making Sense 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 better. It explains the proper role of philosophy in this respect, showing both the limits and the reach of philosophical analysis of current affairs. It also argues that applying philosophy to news stories can and should inform our wider understanding; what we know, believe and value. A philosophically informed reading of the news creates a two-way process where philosophy sheds light on the news and the news, thus illuminated, sheds light on our philosophy. The book covers themes such as war, truth, morality, the environment, religious faith, the ending of life and the meaning of value. It examines such news stories as the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, the war against terrorism, 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.

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Interweaves 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.

About Julian Baggini



Julian Baggini is the founder and editor of The Philosophers' Magazine. He also writes for the Independent, Times Educational Supplement, and New Humanist and has a regular column in The Skeptic. His books include The Philosopher's Toolkit, Philosophy: Five Key Themes, and Philosophy: Five Key Texts. He lives in the U.K.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Philosophy behind the headlines; 1. Knowing the truth; 2. Doing the right thing; 3. The thinking voter; 4. The call to arms; 5. In the wake of science; 6. The environment; 7. When faith meets reason; 8. Calculating value; 9. The life and death of the self; 10. Conclusion: Philosophy beyond the headlines

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GOR002650306
Making Sense: Philosophy Behind the Headlines by Julian Baggini
Julian Baggini
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2002-09-26
304
0192803395
9780192803399
N/A
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