The Form of Things
Essays on Life, Ideas and Liberty
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements p. viii Preface p. ix Reflections Aiming for the good p. 3 The beautiful and the good p. 9 Beauty p. 11 Colour p. 14 Dance p. 16 Funerals p. 20 Hate p. 22 Hedonism p. 24 Unfashionableness p. 26 Montreux p. 28 The death of civilisations p. 31 Time p. 35 Voyaging p. 38 Wah-Wah p. 40 Language purity, language change p. 43 Questions of language p. 49 Long life p. 52 Sympathy p. 55 The history of knowledge and ignorance p. 62 Perfect numbers: a fragment of a tale p. 75 Polemics Answering critics p. 81 Biotechnology and policy p. 85 Moral outrage p. 87 Science and modern times p. 89 New Age religion p. 95 Divorce p. 99 Self-education p. 103 Face transplants p. 106 Faith schools p. 112 Fox-hunting p. 114 God and the European Constitution p. 117 Humanism and religion p. 121 Precept and example p. 125 Private China p. 128 Science and faith before Darwin p. 132 Sexually transmitted diseases p. 135 The responsibilities of the writer p. 138 The role of the intellectual p. 143 'Third World Literature' p. 145 People Charles Darwin p. 151 Henry Fielding p. 154 George Moore p. 157 Kuhn and Popper p. 161 Mark Rothko's The Artist's Reality p. 164 Rochester and the libertines p. 167 Laurence Sterne p. 175 Lawrence Durrell p. 178 Russell on happiness p. 181 Voltaire's Candide, or optimism p. 186 Vermeer's 'Girl interrupted' p. 192 Horace Walpole p. 195 Rights and Liberties Introduction p. 201 Free speech p. 203 Terrorism and 'incitement to religious hatred' p. 206 In freedom's name: the case against identity cards p. 212 Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
A.C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society.
He is the author of many books, including The Meaning of Things and Towards the Light: The Story of the Struggles for Liberty in the Modern West, and has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect. He has been a Booker Prize judge and is a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television programmes, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week and CNN news.
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"Grief and loneliness, depression, despair and failure-those things . . . are the common human lot at least at times in all our lives." Yet it is philosophy which, while not providing an answer to these problems, can enable people to prepare for them, and create strategies with which to deal with them. This is the fifth in a series of essay miscellanies from foremost philosopher A. C. Grayling, reflecting upon the form of the world and its multiplicity. He argues that it is only through reflecting upon the world, reading, thinking, questioning, enjoying, that one can inculcate understanding, tolerance, and the courage to live one's life. The essays are grouped by theme into reflections upon life and the standards people live by, including vivid polemics and perceptive pieces on significant thinkers, contemporary rights, and liberties issues. This book brilliantly articulates the philosophical debate and reflection that is needed to prepare for life in the 21st century.