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Is it right to eat a pig that wants to be eaten...? Thought experiments are short scenarios that pose a moral or philosophical problem in a vivid and concrete way. In this book Julian Baggini presents 100 of the most intriguing thought experiments from the history of philosophy and ideas.
©2005 Julian Baggini (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Isolde
  • 12-27-12

Food for Thought...

If you have ever been asked why you hold the beliefs that you do; if you find yourself getting into those late-night "what if" conversations; if you have struggled tryig to argue against a viewpoint that sounds totally reasonable yet totally wrong: this book might just help you out.

It can be really hard to find any philosophical works on audiobooks, and many philosophical works can seem daunting to the "uninitiated". Julian Baggini has an easy, conversational style, good story-telling skills, and - most importantly - a sense of humour!

The example-stories used to kick off these 100 thought experiments come from sources as wide as ancient Greece and China to modern movies and science-fiction. Some seem like brain-teasers, others like pressing moral issues that might change the way you live your life.

The narrator does an excellent job, and the format of 100 sections of about 5 minutes a piece means that you can dip in and out, read it beginning to end, or pause and re-read what you find most thought-provoking. A must for anyone who lists among their hobbies or pass-times "Thinking" or "Having Conversations"!

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  • Yomi
  • 10-06-17

Started well

It started well, but very soon began to feel repetitive, and somewhat too technical.
it might suit philosophy majors a bit more.

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  • Darren
  • 09-20-11

shallow

An odd book with an ostensibly clever premise.

It's the sort of book that puts into words those odd little existential conumdrums you might think of whilst making a cup of tea.

It just never goes anywhere. To be fair, the author mentions this in the introduction. But it still manages not even to live up to that open-ended, psychology-lite premise. I can't really recommend it as I stopped listening about 5 problems in, in a book of 90.

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  • Justin
  • 11-12-15

An almost great book

This book is a decent collection of existing works that is sure to get you thinking.

The only problem I have with it is the intellectual dishonesty of the author, in the beginning; he sets out to make sure that he's presenting to the reader an impartial book, however throughout (and much noticeably towards the end) he shows a lot of personal bias.

I would have no problem with it except the fact that if you are going to make it seem as if you aren't preaching your side as best, stick to that principle.

Otherwise it is a great read and I would recommend it, the narrator does a very good job.