Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini is the co-author of ‘The Shrink and the Sage’

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Watch what you tweet – there’s no such thing as off duty in an age of corporate conscience

Post something ill-judged and get the sack for it? I’m afraid it’s only fair

The residents of Rotherham

Something rotten in the town of Rotherham

How did child sex abuse become rife when so many people seemed to know about it? Julian Baggini, who spent six months there researching a book, tries to provide some answers

Headphones allow commuters to cut themselves off from the ambient soundscape (Getty)

Has the world become too noisy?

Quiet carriages on trains are being phased out, as mobile communications blur the lines of public and private space. Julian Baggini mourns them – but finds that he is all but alone in clinging to a more peaceful world

Tough call: is the psychological distress Trott is suffering an illness? (Getty)

Jonathan Trott and the problems of describing mental illness

As England cricketer Jonathan Trott takes another break from the sport because of anxiety, a leading philosopher asks whether the time has come to reconsider our labelling of mental distress

IVF and mother nature

A woman who conceived by IVF has discovered she was implanted with the wrong eggs. So are the unborn children hers or not? Julian Baggini enters a moral minefield

An embryologist examines human embryos at an IVF clinic

The pain of IVF: Italian woman vows to keep the IVF babies from someone else’s eggs

Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal

Bearing witness: a Canadian casualty of the Battle of Vimy Ridge being evacuated by German stretcher bearers

Should we really be making money out of the First World War anniversary?

A line is crossed when making money becomes a purpose – rather than a mere consequence – of commemorating WWI

The bright idea: Andy Warhol only needed to have the inspiration: he could leave it to others to execute them

Modern art: I could have done that... so I did

After years of going to photography exhibitions and thinking he could do better, Julian Baggini gave it a go. But could he convince The Royal West of England Academy with his work?

Glasgow helicopter crash: A rare risk but it makes sense to prevent a repeat

Psychologists and risk experts are always telling us that we fixate far too much on unusual dangers and not enough on the hazards that we confront every day. The Glasgow helicopter crash will no doubt provide another opportunity to highlight our supposed irrationality as people demand inquiries to avoid a repeat of an accident that killed at least eight people, while five people die every day on the UK’s roads.

The heroism of the murdered Good Samaritan proves society needs both justice and compassion

This tragic story of murder in Hertfordshire newly sharpens the edge of Jesus’s once-radical parable. Like Christ, we must ask again, "Who is my neighbour?"

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