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Julian Baggini

Michael Berkeley talks to philosopher Julian Baggini about the pleasures of serendipity, transience, philosophy and music.

Michael Berkeley talks to the philosopher Julian Baggini about the pleasures of serendipity, transience, philosophy and music.

The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten, Do They Think You’re Stupid? and What’s It All About? are just three of the eye-catchingly titled books by Julian Baggini. He’s written 19 books in all, is the founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine, writes for newspapers, magazines and think tanks, and appears on radio and television. His latest book is How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy.

Julian has been described as a philosopher’s philosopher, but he also has a mission to liberate philosophy from its ivory tower and bring it to the general reader. The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten – his collection of 100 brief thought experiments – has been described as ‘mental fun-sized treats’ and ‘the Sudoku of moral philosophy’.

Julian tells Michael about the joy he’s felt discovering pieces of music by Brahms, Ravel and Dvorak through chance encounters, and how he’s come to love music written for a video game by Jessica Curry when he met her on University Challenge.

He believes that both music and philosophy can help us appreciate beauty, come to terms with the transience of existence, and accept that life can be bitter and sweet at the same time.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3

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35 minutes

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Sun 24 Feb 2019 12:00

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Violin Sonata in G (2nd mvt: Blues)

    Performer: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow. Performer: Jacques Rouvier.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no.4 in E minor (2nd mvt: Andante moderato)

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Robin Ticciati.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Mazurka no.12

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
  • Michael Nyman

    String Quartet no.2 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Bălănescu Quartet.
  • Jessica Curry

    Always (Hebridean Mix)

    Performer: Jessica Curry.
  • Mark Hollis

    The Rainbow

    Composer: Tim Friese-Greene. Ensemble: Talk Talk.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Serenade for strings in E (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Warren‐Green.

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