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  • The Art of Always Being Rightby A.C. Grayling; Arthur Schopenhauer

    Gibson Square 2012; US$ 7.28

    Beware who you give this book to.' Financial Times 'I recommend that you keep this delightful essay at your side.' Observer 'Dryly witty essay' Alain de Botton, Sunday Telegraph We all sit through meetings with that one person who seems to be able to persuade everyone. What is their secret? Are they more gifted than we are? Or is it just that they... more...

  • Russellby A.C. Grayling

    Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 9.99

    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) is one of the most famous philosophers of the 20th 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...

  • Wittgensteinby A.C. Grayling

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 9.99

    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 controversy,... 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$ 32.99

    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...

  • Descartesby A.C. Grayling

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 11.99

    In this new biography, A. C. Grayling tells the story of Descartes' life, and places it in his tumultuous times-with the unexpected result that an entirely new aspect of the story comes to light. more...

  • What is Good?by A.C. Grayling

    Orion Publishing Group 2011; US$ 8.99

    One of the most fundamental questions in our life is to find out what we value - what principles we want to live by and which codes we will use to guide our behaviour. Most of us want to live a good life. But what, in today's secular society, does 'good' actually mean? To classical Greeks, the acquisition of knowledge, the enjoyment of the senses,... more...