One of the great, unexplained wonders of human history is that written philosophy first flowered entirely separately in different parts of the globe at more or less the same time – from the Upanishads in India, to Confucius in China, and Thales of Miletus in Greece to Buddha in Nepal. These early philosophies have had a profound impact on the development of distinctive cultures around the world. Celebrated philosopher Julian Baggini travels the globe to provide a hugely wide-ranging map of human thought. He’ll explain how distinct branches of philosophy flowered simultaneously in China, India and Ancient Greece; how contemporary cultural attitudes have developed and asks why global systems of governments and justice differ so widely on one small planet.

Chaired by Darren Harper

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