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Justifying Arts and Culture

We should not just run down the road marked “evidence base” but should also make an argument base for the arts, one which is convincing independent of any measurable social goods. ACE’s chair Sir Peter Bazalgette points towards something like this when he looks to “articulate a new language of cultural value that will help all of us to understand better the essential contribution that the arts make to our lives.” He is right, and that new language is not the old bureaucratic language of economic and social impacts.

News and Events

  • RELIGION, FOOD AND THE GOOD LIFE - CHURCH STRETTON, 21 OCTOBER, 19:30. "Religious traditions sometimes celebrate food and eating in feasts, but they also often promote abstinence, moderation and asceticism. Julian will argue that religion gets some things right and some things wrong about the pleasures and virtues of eating, and in this talk he’ll try to unpick the good from the bad." Full details here. #
  • KRACHTVOER - ANTWERP, 19 OCTOBER, 14:00. Julian Baggini is een Britse filosoof die weet hoe hij moet eten. Hij zakt af vanuit Londen om tijdens KRACHTVOER een aantal begrippen in vraag te stellen die wij gemakshalve graag als zaligmakend zien: biologisch, lokaal en seizoensgebonden. Hij grijpt ons bij de kraag en doet ons nadenken over ons jargon. Een filosofische wakkerschudding voor kritische foodies. (Voertaal Engels - thank goodness). Full details here. #
  • A PHILOSOPHER’S FEAST - CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL, 4 OCTOBER. An ethically sourced feast of food, wine and philosophy with myself and wine philosopher Barry Smith. Details here. apologies for only posting after the event! #
  • WIMBLEDON BOOKFEST - 3 OCTOBER. Took part in a discussion with David Edmonds chaired by Dr Marie Adams. Details here. Apologies for not posting beforehand! #
  • ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL - 21 SEPTEMBER. Taking part in two events. At 11 it's The Importance of Breakfast with Seb Emina. At 1, the festival debate "Is Healthy Eating making us ill?" with Joanna Blythman, Shaun Hill and Laura Sandys, chaired by Nick Barnard. #

What is Microphilosophy?

Small thoughts about big subjects; big thoughts about small things; seeds of thought, scatttered to either take root or not; plus short links to longer work. Microphilosophy is the website of the writer Julian Baggini.

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