• Date and time: Wednesday 5 June 2019, 8pm to 9pm
  • Location: RCH/037, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

All cultures are different and have diverse ways of thinking. But how did this happen?

Join Julian Baggini, author of How the World Thinks, as he explains how philosophy has developed around the world and impacted the cultures in which it flourished.

Find out how distinct branches of philosophy flowered simultaneously in China, India and Ancient Greece, growing from local myths and stories - and how contemporary cultural attitudes have developed out of the philosophical histories of their regions.

Why 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 and its resistance to pressures for greater political freedom? Offering deep insights into how different regions operate, Julian will show that by gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we take the first step to a greater understanding of ourselves.

About the speaker

Julian Baggini is a writer and philosopher whose books include Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, the bestselling The Pig that Wants to be Eaten, Do They Think You're Stupid?, The Ego Trick, The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think, and Freedom Regained, all published by Granta Books. He has written for various newspapers, magazines, academic journals and think tanks. His website is microphilosophy.net.


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible