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How Trump and Sanders Parallel Populism in Europe

A balancing act needs to be pulled off, acknowledging what populism identifies correctly as deep problems in our politics while resisting the often conspiratorial details and simplistic, unworkable solutions. This requires neither dismissing the populists out of hand nor granting too much to them. Most of all, it requires making the case that society can only hold together and make progress if it adopts a more moderate, consensual, boring, mainstream kind of politics.

News and Events

  • IT WAS ALRIGHT IN THE 1980S. Blink and you'll miss my contribution to this recently broadcast clips and nostalgia fest on Channel Four. Series Two, Episode Five. #
  • PHILOSOPHY: UNDERSTANDING BIG IDEAS – LONDON, 14 DECEMBER. A repeat performance of my sold-out Guardian "Back to School" session. Want to know all there is to know about philosophy in two hours? Book early to ensure disappointment. Full details here. #
  • MEDICINE UNBOXED – CHELTENHAM, 21/22 NOVEMBER. Speaking as part of two days of exploration of life and death and the lines that separate them. Full details here. #
  • FRONT FACING PHILOSOPHY – OXFORD, 7 NOVEMBER. For the final event in the Blackwell's/OUP festival, some of the best known authors explore whether philosophy can be make accessible to a wider public - and whether it matters. Featuring Marianne Talbot, Nigel Warburton, Tim Williamson and Julian Baggini. Full details here. #
  • VIDEO – THE LAUGHING PHILOSOPHER. Does comedy hold the key to truth and morality? Julian Baggini, Katy Brand, John Ó Maoilearca. Caspar Melville hosts. Recorded at the How The Light Gets In festival. #

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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