The Form of Things

Essays on Life, Ideas and Liberty

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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.

ISBN: 9780753822234
ISBN-10: 0753822237
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 3rd October 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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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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