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.
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.
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.