What do the English think? Every country has a dominant set of beliefs and attitudes concerning everything from how to live a good life, how we should organize society, and the roles of the sexes. Yet despite many attempts to define our national character, what might be called the nation's philosophy has remained largely unexamined until now. Philosopher Julian Baggini pinpointed postcode S66 on the outskirts of Rotherham, as England in microcosm - an area which reflected most accurately the full range of the nation's inhabitants, its most typical mix of urban and rural, old and young, married and single. He then spent six months living there, immersing himself in this typical English Everytown, in order to get to know the mind of a people. It sees the world as full of patterns and order, a view manifest in its enjoyment of gambling. It has a functional, puritanical streak, evident in its notoriously bad cuisine. In the English mind, men should be men and women should be women (but it's not sure what children should be). Baggini's account of the English is both a portrait of its people and a personal story about being an alien in your own land. Sympathetic but critical, serious yet witty, "Welcome to Everytown" shows a country in which the familiar becomes strange, and the strange familiar.
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Julian Baggini is the editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. His books include Do You Think What You Think YouThink? (with Jeremy Stangroom), What's It All About? - Philosophy and the Meaning of Life and the bestselling The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, all published by Granta Books.Review:
'Baggini's thought experiments provide an enjoyable work- out for the mind' London Review of Books 'Examines received opinions, things we take for granted, and dissects them entertainingly' The Times 'Baggini offers us a tempting smorgasbord of some of the most baffling, weird and occasionally downright creepy scenarios ever envisaged... enjoy these mind-boggling tales from the outer limit of thought' Guardian
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Book Description Granta Books, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1862079218
Book Description Granta, 2007 9781862079212, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Included. NEW hardback in d/w. 274 pages. B/w photos. The well-known populariser of philosophy here examines what the English REALLY think. To do this, he spent 6 months in S66, apparently the most typical postcode area in the country. "Living in a semi in Everytown by the junction of a dual carriageway, he starts drinking in his local and makes new friends. The Sun and the Daily Mail become his source of news while Radio 2 plays in the background. And he begins to explore people's beliefs, their hopes and fears. His account of his stay.provides an eye-opening and hugely entertaining look at what it is to be English. It also takes Baggini on an unexpected personal journey of discovery which makes him see his own country through new eyes.". Bookseller Inventory # 558