This is a book club for anyone interested in Big Ideas. Each month we alternate between non-fiction and fiction in search of Big Ideas that we can explore, examine and openly discuss together. We meet at 6:30pm on the last Wednesday of every month at Embiggen Books in the Melbourne CBD. Hosted by Drs George Aranda and Kirsty Jones.
Read the book and join us for a discussion of:
How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy, by Julian Baggini
In this groundbreaking global overview of philosophy, Julian Baggini travels the world to provide a wide-ranging map of human thought.
One of the great unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy flowered entirely separately in China, India and Ancient Greece at more or less the same time. These early philosophies have had a profound impact on the development of distinctive cultures in different parts of the world. What we call 'philosophy' in the West is not even half the story. Julian Baggini sets out to expand our horizons in How the World Thinks, exploring the philosophies of Japan, India, China and the Muslim world, as well as the lesser-known oral traditions of Africa and Australia's first peoples. Interviewing thinkers from around the globe, Baggini asks questions such as: why is the West is more individualistic than the East? What makes secularism a less powerful force in the Islamic world than in Europe? And how has China resisted pressures for greater political freedom? Offering deep insights into how different regions operate, and paying as much attention to commonalities as to differences, Baggini shows that by gaining greater knowledge of how others think we take the first step to a greater understanding of ourselves.
It's sad, but with the imminent closing of Embiggen Books, this is the last Big Ideas Book Club hosted by EB.
EB has been our home for 7 years (August 2012 was the first book - The Geek Manifesto) and we've had some great times discussing, critiquing and (over) analysing the texts. There has been some great laughter and gentle ribbing of members over the years.
This dinner is to commemorate our last meeting at EB. We will find a new home for the future, but it provides a great chance to celebrate and to thank Warren and Kirsty for all these great times in their wondrous bookstore.
There will be gifts, so please contact me if you'd like to contribute.