Julian Baggini

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

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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?"

We seem to be in a hurry for everything

We want it all. And we want it now. But why?

Life seems to get faster and faster. On the 75th anniversary of the invention of powdered coffee, Julian Baggini pauses consider the Instant Society

Harriet Lamb visits a coffee smallholding in Rwanda. Up to 30 per cent of tea and coffee sales in Britain are now Fairtrade

Fairtrade, ethical eating, and why the choice between buying local and global is a distraction

As Fairtrade fortnight begins, what does good food actually mean?

Confused? Maybe you’re not drinking enough

We leap upon officially sanctioned numbers to live by. We should count less and think more

Think there’s too much excess at Christmas? I can’t get enough of it

It's that time of year when many start to worry about the amount we waste

Why are we so obsessed with therapy?

What is of value tends to be lost or perverted if we turn all that is therapeutic into therapy.

Julian Baggini: It's better to do when you're going to die in order to focus on what really matters

If someone has a terminal condition and the doctor knows how long she has left to live, does the patient have the right to be told? Virtually everyone thinks she does. So why should it be different if that terminal condition is life itself?

Julian Baggini: Individuals? Or members of society? That's what the right to die is about

The social contract we all implicitly sign limits our personal autonomy for our own protection

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