Grayling is one of those salient characters who stand head and shoulders above ordinary thinkers. A man who dignifies the title of philosopher. One whose life's path has given him insights that can benefit all who would heed his wisdom. You don't have to agree with every view he posits in order to reap a rich harvest of understanding, and the manifold subjects he addresses provide stimulation for any reader who likes to think.
Especially now, in a dramatically changing world, we need writers like A C Grayling to provide what he does best: to tease out an issue and reveal something novel, something confronting, and almost always providing balance.
If you haven't yet read him, it's high time.
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Reviewed in Australia on 26 April 2020
I think I might have chewed off a bit too much with this one. Although there were parts of greatness, a lot of this book for me was tough going in terms of being engaged. Maybe I need to try a second one of his to see for sure.
Reviewed in Australia on 4 February 2016
Musing on the public intellectual makes one realise how much better the world would be if occasionally their advice and perceptive observations were heeded. At the same time, a chilling view of the future imperfect and an uplifting insight into what might be if only we care enough.
Reviewed in Australia on 14 October 2015
Philosophy for Everyman; the range and accessibility is excellent. The relation between philosophy and science , especially in consciousness, is recurrent.Global political and social assessments seem just and cut through special pleading. Most rational people would agree with the Professor on most things. On the relation between early education and religious belief: yes. That atheists make the best political leaders: not so sure. That cliches are usually true: maybe. He says that many people don't like thinking, He makes it easier by being interesting and being direct.
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A. C. Grayling is essential reading.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2021
You really do need to check him out. There's no better time to be reading this book.
Three StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2018
Trouble is Prof Grayling has deviated from academic dispassionate observation into left wing politics
An excellent survey of the world's affairsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2016
An excellent survey of the world's affairs, cutting away the usual political language to go to things as they are.
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The Challenge of Things encourages critical thinkingReviewed in Canada on 4 February 2017
Any book of essays by A.C. Grayling is well worth the time. Each is stimulating and encourages fresh thinking about current issues. Frankly, more important than his more technical works of philosophy since these essays are more accessible to more people - and likely have a broader impact.