'In this entertaining, educative and gracefully written book, Julian Baggini explores the questions of the nature of the self and in what sense it persists through time ... This is one of the best, most readable and most stimulating introductions yet written about this intriguing topic' - AC Grayling
Julian Baggini is Founding Editor of The Philosophers' Magazine. His books include Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, What's It All About? - Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, the bestselling The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, and Do They Think You're Stupid?, all published by Granta Books.
'Baggini is exceptional within this popular genre for his
clarity of mind' - "Guardian"
Baggini mashes up philosophy with psychology, Buddhism, neuroscience ... considers the role of memory, demolishes a theologian's (bad) arguments for the soul, and suggests that "multiple personalities" are like different "users" of a computer system ... We end with some entertaining reflections on medical immortality, "free will," and the "extended-mind thesis," which holds that your iPhone is part of you - "Guardian"
Baggini's study of how identity is defined is lucid and backed by a wealth of anecdote - "Metro"
Baggini works on a broad canvas, citing Hume and Locke alongside the reflections of sex-change patients and victims of dementia. While leaving the ego in pieces, he gives your mind a thorough workout - "Intelligent Life"