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Free will and Brexit

Among all the disagreements over Brexit, one thing at least might appear to be uncontroversial: the decision was a free choice taken by the British people. Brexiteers would say that it was in fact a double victory for freedom, in that the result is a freer country, unshackled from the constraints of the European Union. If this summary seems self-evident it is only because the very idea of freedom has been debased. Brexit is not a paradigmatic instance of freedom at work, but of freedom being confused with something much less valuable: choice.

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  • WAYS WITH WORDS – DARTINGTON, 16 JULY. Just for the record, I spoke at the 25th Ways with Words festival on Freedom Regained. Apologies for not telling you before... #
  • THE PHILOSOPHER'S ZONE – ABC RADIO. Discussing free will with Joe Gelonesi. Recorded at the Sydney Writers Festival. #
  • AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL PODCASTS. Several podcasts are available of events I spoke at in Auckland in May. The Moral Mixing Desk asked “When does philanthropy end and dirty self-promotion begin?” Kate Frykberg, Gareth Morgan and myself were in conversation with Wallace Chapman. In A Meeting of Minds Hirini Kaa and I discussed Western and Maori philosophies. I also chaired The Border Debate with an excellent panel of Yossi Alpher, Jean-Christophe Rufin and Emma Sky. #
  • TODAY – BBC RADIO FOUR. I was discussing Why were we surprised by recent political upheaval? with David Spiegelhalter on Monday's programme. Listen here. #
  • INTERVIEW. A short Q&A about books for the new The Reading Lists website here. #

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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