Julian Baggini

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

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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

Julian Baggini: Which of us can say we wouldn't avoid tax, given half a chance?

More important than the fairness of any particular law is the fairness which says we all need to obey it

Julian Baggini: Is Osborne's dad worth a £19,000 desk?

The one thing you would never do at the desk Sir Peter Osborne has his eye on is write at it

Julian Baggini: There's a dark side to this piety about 'going local'

I'd rather go to John Lewis than the locally run café whose bastard of an owner exploits the underpaid

Julian Baggini: Monarchists are from Mars, republicans are from Venus

If you want proof that there is not one universe but a multitude of parallel worlds, you don't need any quantum physics: just read the Letters pages of our national newspapers.

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