Julian Baggini is a philosopher and author. He is the co-founder of The Philosophers’ Magazine. His books include The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, The Ego Trick and The Virtues of the Table.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

“The most fertile source of funny yet spot-on philosophical thought experiments ever.”

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The Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle

“A remarkable synthesis of acute rationality and common sense.”

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In the Shadow of Man

Jane Goodall

“A fascinating and unsentimental insight into our closest relatives, the chimpanzee.”

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The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

“If you’re interested in an ethical relationship with nature and animals, this shows what moralists cannot tell.”

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The Dark Heart of Italy

Tobias Jones

“If you want to understand the nation that repeatedly voted for Berlusconi, read this.”

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Fear and Trembling

Soren Kierkegaard

“A penetrating analysis of faith that challenges both atheist and believer.”

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Women and Human Development: the Capabilities Approach

Martha Nussbaum

“This book explains how to square the circle of universal values and cultural diversity.”

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Reasons and Persons

Derek Parfit

“Part three on personal identity is the reason why I did my PhD and later, my book The Ego Trick.”

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Michael Pollan

“A wise and eloquent analysis of the state of our food system.”

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Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny

Amartya Sen

“A vital warning in an age when asserting identities of all kinds has become too important.”

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