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How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

Narrated by: Julian Baggini
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

All cultures are different and have different ways of thinking. 

In How the World Thinks, Julian Baggini travels the globe to provide a hugely wide-ranging map of human thought. He shows us how distinct branches of philosophy flowered simultaneously in China, India and Ancient Greece, growing from local myths and stories - and how contemporary cultural attitudes, with particular attention to the West, East Asia, the Muslim World and Africa, have developed out of the philosophical histories of their regions. 

Interviewing thinkers from all around the world, he asks why, for instance, do our European systems of governments and justice differ so widely from the East? Why can Islam not easily incorporate secular knowledge? How do we understand China? By gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can become less certain of the knowledge we think we have, the first step to greater understanding.

©2018 Julian Baggini (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Really struggled with narration of audiobook

I was really excited to find this book on audible as I've been wanting to read it for a while, but after two attempts to listen to the prologue have given up. The narrator is clearly spoken, but the intonation of every sentence seems to be the same and the result is a text that washes over me. Dates and names go in one ear and out of the other. Still looking forward to reading the book - but in print, next time.

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interesting book, sometimes a bit subjective

definitely worth a read. i liked that parallels and contrasts are often highlighted. Sometimes certain thoughts or comments could be argued about as they are quite subjective.

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Cute but colonial

Despite including many world views in this book, the author sadly investigates each culture’s philosophy from a largely western perspective. For example, a misunderstanding of Karma as fatalism, and a very biased interjection of opinion at various points. Nonetheless a good read.

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Loved it

an insightful and understandable introduction to world philosophy. would reccommend to anyone looking for a starting place in philosophical reading

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  • RAUL
  • JONKOPING, Sweden
  • 11-07-19

Get enlightened and acquainted with other perspectives

Get enlightened and acquainted with other perspectives. The author has studied, analyzed and compiled an impressive amount of knowledge about philosophies and philosophical views. I consider mysel openminded and internationally experienced. But I have mearned so much. I will come back to this book again. Maybe also buy a paper copy.

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So much knowledge wish I’d bought the book

Truly amazing the length and breadth that’s covered by Julian. He’s a great speaker too. Not an audiobook to power through, as there is much to understand.

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Very easy to listen to and very engaging.

I dont know if the author reading his own book always help but in this case if found it very easy to listen to and every engaging. A broad subject very well covered. I found him insightful and it gave me plenty to consider. A pleasure to listen to.

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A well thought out comparison with a few anecdotes

No source is neutral, but it's not bad. At worst, he uses the alt-right "view from nowhere" dog whistle to describe a neutral perspective.

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  • Mark
  • Enfield, United Kingdom
  • 30-07-19

this book was just plain boring

I craved more but never got it. Halfway through I didn't care about philosophy anymore

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  • Philomath
  • 17-04-19

A look at Philosophy of different cultures

Too often we mistake philosophy as a western idea, derived from the great Greek thinkers.

What this book shows is that the history of the world is full of philosophical ideas just as relevant.

This book provides is a perspective of different cultures and religions that have influenced its own strands of philosophy.

Such a wider approach gives insight into how the people’s of the world think and why, something very much needed in this day and age of globalisation.

Good read.