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The thick of it

Michael Sandel tells Julian Baggini why he wants a more faith-friendly politics 2009 was a breakthrough year for Michael Sandel. The Harvard political philosopher has been at the top of his profession ever since the…

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Thank goodness for Dan

Conquest, war, famine and death. It’s an interesting parlour game to decide which of the new atheism’s “four horsemen” – Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens – best corresponds to their apocalyptic…

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My philosophy: Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar tells Julian Baggini about his philosophical and spiritual development. In Britain, describing yourself as a public intellectual sounds too pretentious by half. Like “polymath”, it is only an acceptable description if offered by…

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Ioanna Kuçuradi on the marriage of rigour and…

Recent World Congresses of Philosophy have often talked about “Philosophy Facing World Problems”, as the theme of the 2003 Istanbul meeting put it. But although the subject has talked the talk, there are reasons to…

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My philosophy: Alan Sokal

“I hope your interest is not primarily in the whole stuff of about 10 years ago, because that’s so old hat.” So speaks the physicist Alan Sokal, right at the start of our interview. The…