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In Making Sense, Julian Baggini examines the philosophical issues and disputes that lie behind such news stories as the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, the war against terrorism, the siege at Waco, genetically modified foods, and advances in human therapeutic cloning.
Baggini, founding editor of the highly popular Philosopher's Magazine, shows how we can use the techniques of philosophy and the insights of its greatest practitioners to understand the issues behind the headlines. He explains the proper role of philosophy in such inquiries, showing both the limits and the reach of the philosophical analysis of current affairs, and also argues that applying philosophy to news stories can and should inform our wider understanding—what we know, believe, and value.
Baggini covers themes such as war, truth, morality, the environment, religious faith, the ending of life, and the meaning of value. He weaves 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.
|Introduction: Philosophy behind the Headlines||1|
|1||Truth, lies, and videotape: The problem of knowledge||15|
|2||Doing the right thing: Ethics and private life||49|
|3||Ballot bores: Rethinking politics||85|
|4||Hawks and doves: The morality of war||113|
|5||Test-tube trouble: Science under fire||143|
|6||Green thinking: Conceptualizing the environment||171|
|7||Cult friction: Faith and reason||197|
|8||Bread and circuses: Calculating value||221|
|9||From conception to coffin: When to end life||243|
|10||The rest of life: Philosophy beyond the headlines||263|