The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten

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American paperback.

The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: 100 Experiments For the Armchair Philosopher is a philosophy book by Julian Baggini published on 2005-07-07. It explores various philosophical thought experiments by framing them as short stories. The title comes from Douglas Adams's book, The Restaurant At the End of the Universe where, in order to make eating meat seem less immoral, people bred an animal to become sentient and actually want to be eaten.


I own a paperback copy of this book and have read it.



  • Overall, I enjoyed this book. Not all of the problems were that thought-provoking, but several of them were really interesting and worth it for the rest of the book.
  • The book does a good job at getting across several very interesting thought experiments.
  • The framing method of telling each problem in a story, is a nice way to make them seem more real-life, rather than mental masturbation.


  • A lot of the problems seem old-fashioned and can be definitively answered by current science.


  • Nothing.