The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life
|Author:||A. C. Grayling|
A refreshing distillation of insights into the human condition, by one of the best-known and most popular philosophers in the UK.
Thinking about life, what it means and what it holds in store does not have to be a despondent experience, but rather can be enlightening and uplifting. A life truly worth living is one that is informed and considered so a degree of philosophical insight into the inevitabilities of the human condition is inherently important and such an approach will help us to deal with real personal dilemmas.
This book is an accessible, lively and thought-provoking series of linked commentaries, based on A. C. Grayling's 'The Last Word' column in the GUARDIAN. Its aim is not to persuade readers to accept one particular philosophical point of view or theory, but to help us consider the wonderful range of insights which can be drawn from an immeasurably rich history of philosophical thought.
Concepts covered include courage, love, betrayal, ambition, cruelty, wisdom, passion, beauty and death. This will be a wonderfully stimulating read and act as an invaluable guide as to what is truly important in living life, whether facing success, failure, justice, wrong, love, loss or any of the other profound experience life throws out.
Over 60,000 copies sold in paperback so far Reissued in attractive new series look A.C. Grayling has become one of Britain's top intellectual figures and his column 'Grayling writes with clarity, elegance and the occasional aphoristic twist, conscious of standing in a long tradition that runs from Montaigne and Bacon back to Emerson and Thoreau' Sunday Telegraph 'Grayling is particularly good at illuminating the knottiness of moral discourse...accessible and intelligent, this collection offers some interesting starting points for philosophical reflection rather than being a potted history of o
Anthony Grayling teaches philosophy at Birkbeck College, London and is a Fellow of St Anne's, Oxford. He reviews regularly in the Financial Times. He has a regular column in Prospect and The Times.