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  • Russell: A Very Short Introductionby A. C. Grayling

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 7.99

    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) is one of the most famous and important philosophers of the twentieth century. In this account of his life and work A. C. Grayling introduces both his technical contributions to logic and philosophy, and his wide-ranging views on education, politics, war, and sexual morality. more...

  • Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introductionby A. C. Grayling

    OUP Oxford 2001; US$ 7.99

    A. C. Grayling's accessible introduction to Wittgenstein's work describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's continuing influence on contemporary thought. more...

  • Liberty in the Age of Terrorby A. C. Grayling

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2010; US$ 11.99

    "The means of defence against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." James Madison Our societies, says Anthony Grayling, are under attack not only from the threat of terrorism, but also from our governments' attempts to fight that threat by reducing freedom in our own societies - think the 42-day detention... more...

  • The God Argumentby A. C. Grayling

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2013; US$ 11.99

    There has been a bad-tempered quarrel between defenders and critics of religion in recent years. Both sides have expressed themselves acerbically because there is a very great deal at stake in the debate. This book thoroughly and calmly examines all the arguments and associated considerations offered in support of religious belief, and does so... more...

  • Thinking of Answersby A. C. Grayling

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2010; US$ 11.99

    The essays in this book, drawn mainly from A. C. Grayling's columns in Prospect, the Dubliner and The Times , are in fact responses to questions set by editors and readers . ~ If beauty existed only in the eye of the beholder, would that make it an unimportant quality? ~ Are human rights political? ~ Can ethics be derived from... more...

  • The Good Bookby A. C. Grayling

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 16.99

    Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human - from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life - A. C. Grayling, Britain's most popular and widely read philosopher, has created a secular bible. Designed to be read as narrative and also to be... more...

  • Among the Dead Citiesby A. C. Grayling

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 11.99

    Britain and the USA carried out a massive bombing offensive against the cities of Germany and Japan in the course of the Second World War, which ended with the destruction of Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Was the bombing of civilian targets justified by the necessities of war? Or was it, in fact, a crime against humanity? How should... more...

  • Towards the Lightby A. C. Grayling

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 11.99

    The often-violent conflicts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were sparked by the pursuit of freedom of thought. In time, this drive led to bitter fighting, including the English Civil War. Then came revolutions in America and France that swept away monarchies for more representative forms of government and making possible the abolition of... more...

  • The Challenge of Thingsby A. C. Grayling

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 18.99

    A. C. Grayling's lucid and stimulating books, based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful, are immensely popular. The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections like The Reason of Things and Thinking of Answers, but this time to collect Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and... more...

  • The Age of Geniusby A. C. Grayling

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2016; US$ 22.99

    What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of... more...