The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher

The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher

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by Julian Baggini
     
 

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Both entertaining and startling, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten offers one hundred philosophical puzzles that stimulate thought on a host of moral, social, and personal dilemmas. Taking examples from sources as diverse as Plato and Steven Spielberg, author Julian Baggini presents abstract philosophical issues in concrete terms, suggesting possible solutions

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Both entertaining and startling, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten offers one hundred philosophical puzzles that stimulate thought on a host of moral, social, and personal dilemmas. Taking examples from sources as diverse as Plato and Steven Spielberg, author Julian Baggini presents abstract philosophical issues in concrete terms, suggesting possible solutions while encouraging readers to draw their own conclusions:

Lively, clever, and thought-provoking, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten is a portable feast for the mind that is sure to satisfy any intellectual appetite.

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“This book is like the Sudoku of moral philosophy: apply your mind to any of its ‘thought experiments’ while stuck on the Tube, and quickly be transported out of rush-hour hell.”—New Statesman
Ambrose Bierce dismissed philosophy as "a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing"; but rightly seen, philosophy begins in an armchair and leads everywhere. To stimulate philosophical thinking, Julian Baggini's The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten proposes no fewer than 100 problems, ranging from Zeno's Paradox and Plato's Cave to cinematic conundrums like Groundhog Day and Minority Report.
Publishers Weekly
For Stelios, the teletransporter is the only way to travel." So begins one of the 100 philosophically based brain teasers in Baggini's clever book. Each entry includes an imagined scenario, which is based on sources from Plato to Sir Bernard Williams, followed by commentary that introduces a series of mind-bending questions and broadens the possible contexts: e.g., if Stelios's body is disintegrated and then recomposed by the transporter, is Stelios still the same person he was? Is it ever ethical to eat animals, even if they want to be eaten? Is there really an all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving God? Is it right to do something wrong if it doesn't hurt anyone? Is torture ever a good option? Baggini, the editor of the U.K.'s Philosopher's Magazine, offers no firm answers, only hints as to where the discussion might go next. The conceit of the volume forces some repetitiveness and some simplification, but overall, it effectively explores aesthetics, ethics, language, logic, religion, mind and the self. More importantly, it's hugely entertaining. Any one of these thought experiments would serve as a great party game, keeping the conversation going for hours. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452287440
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/27/2006
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
525,635
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“This book is like the Sudoku of moral philosophy: apply your mind to any of its ‘thought experiments’ while stuck on the Tube, and quickly be transported out of rush-hour hell.”
—New Statesman

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Julian Baggini is the editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine.

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