The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten

The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten : 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher

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Perfect for gifting to lovers of philosophy or mining intelligent ice-breaker topics for your next party, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten offers one hundred philosophical puzzles that stimulate thought on a host of moral, social, and personal dilemmas. Taking examples from sources as diverse as Plato and Steven Spielberg, author Julian Baggini presents abstract philosophical issues in concrete terms, suggesting possible solutions while encouraging readers to draw their own conclusions:

Lively, clever, and thought-provoking, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten is a portable feast for the mind that is sure to satisfy any intellectual appetite.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 18mm | 238g
  • Plume
  • New York, NY, India
  • English
  • 0452287448
  • 9780452287440
  • 83,297

Table of contents

The Pig That Wants to Be EatenPreface
A note on sources

1. The evil demon
2. Beam me up . . .
3. The Indian and the ice
4. A byte on the side
5. The pig that wants to be eaten
6. Wheel of fortune
7. When no one wins
8. Good God
9. Bigger Brother
10. The veil of ignorance
11. The ship Theseus
12. Picasso on the beach
13. Black, white and red all over
14. Bank error in your favour
15. Ordinary heroism
16. Racing tortoises
17. The torture option
18. Rationality demands
19. Bursting the sop bubble
20. Condemned to life
21. Land of the Epiphens
22. The lifeboat
23. The beetle in the box
24. Squaring the circle
25. Buridan's an ass
26. Pain's remains
27. Duties done
28. The nightmare scenario
29. Life dependency
30. Memories are made of this
31. Just so
32. Free Simone
33. The free-speech booth
34. Don't blame me
35. Last resort
36. Pre-emptive justice
37. Nature the artist
38. I am a brain
39. The Chinese room
40. The rocking-horse winner
41. Getting the blues
42. Take the money and run
43. Future shock
44. Till death us do part
45. The invisible gardener
46. Amoebaesque
47. Rabbit!
48. Evil genius
49. The hole in the sum of the parts
50. The good bribe
51. Living in a vat
52. More or less
53. Double trouble
54. The elusive I
55. Sustainable development
56. The total perspective vortex
57. Eating Tiddles
58. Divine command
59. The eyes have it
60. Do as I say, not as I do
61. Mozzarella moon
62. I think, therefore?
63. No know
64. Nipping the bud
65. Soul power
66. The forger
67. The poppadom paradox
68. Mad pain
69. The horror
70. An inspector calls
71. Life support
72. Free Percy
73. Being a bat
74. Water, water, everywhere
75. The ring of Gyges
76. Net head
77. The scapegoat
78. Gambling on God
79. A Clockwork Orange
80. Hearts and heads
81. Sense and sensibility
82. The freeloader
83. The golden rule
84. The pleasure principle
85. The nowhere man
86. Art for art's sake
87. Fair inequality
88. Total lack of recall
89. Kill and let die
90. Something we know not what
91. No one gets hurt
92. Autogovernment
93. Zombies
94. The Sorites tax
95. The problem of evil
96. Family first
97. Moral luck
98. The experience machine
99. Give peace a chance?
100. The Nest café
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Review Text

This book is like the Sudoku of moral philosophy: apply your mind to any of its thought experiments while stuck on the Tube, and quickly be transported out of rush-hour hell. New Statesman
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"This book is like the Sudoku of moral philosophy: apply your mind to any of its 'thought experiments' while stuck on the Tube, and quickly be transported out of rush-hour hell."--New Statesman
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About Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini is the editor of The Philosopher's Magazine.
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