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The Heart of Things : Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century - A. C. Grayling

The Heart of Things

Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century


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The new bestseller from one of Britain's most pre-eminent philosophers and arguably the best known, A.C. Grayling

Everyone wishes to live a life that is satisfying and fulfilling, in which there is achievement and pleasure, and which has the respect of people one, in turn, respects. And one of the fundamentals to living such a life is to reflect on the choices we make.

In this new collection, A.C. Grayling invites the reader into a conversation with ideas. From personal questions about happiness and quality of life to wider public concerns such as war and democracy, these essays provide a springboard to thought and to exploring what is best about the human heart and mind.

"provocative... a stimulating handbook to the contemporary uses of philosophy" DAILY TELEGRAPH

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
Personal Themes
Happinessp. 3
The Good Lifep. 8
Wealthp. 12
Quality of Lifep. 15
Mannersp. 18
Readingp. 21
Attitudesp. 23
Pridep. 26
Self-Interestp. 29
Ancestorsp. 32
Self-Restraintp. 35
Solitudep. 38
Romancep. 40
Lovep. 43
Desirep. 45
Marriagep. 47
Monogamyp. 50
Friendshipp. 55
Infidelityp. 59
Cheatingp. 61
Partingp. 64
Nudityp. 67
Pleasurep. 70
Reputationp. 72
Madnessp. 74
Cowardicep. 76
Public Concerns
Reasonp. 81
Opinionp. 84
Prevention and Curep. 87
Indulgencep. 90
Poverty's Pricep. 93
Knowledgep. 96
Empirep. 99
Europep. 102
Fencesp. 105
Informationp. 108
Mr Dean and Jobp. 111
Schismp. 114
Holy Sites and Unholy Rowsp. 117
Resurrectionp. 121
Enquiryp. 124
Democracyp. 126
Debatep. 129
Rhetoricp. 131
Conversationp. 133
Why War?p. 135
Just Warp. 140
Tyrantsp. 143
Mightp. 146
Heroismp. 149
Sacrificep. 152
Crimep. 161
Juriesp. 164
Ultimate Punishmentp. 166
History Lessonsp. 169
Identityp. 172
Mass Valuesp. 175
Platop. 181
Aristotlep. 185
Lucretiusp. 189
Cicerop. 193
Senecap. 197
Marcus Aureliusp. 201
Heloise and Abelardp. 206
Emersonp. 210
Dostoevsky's The Idiotp. 213
Jungp. 219
Bernard Williamsp. 221
Edward Saidp. 226
Art, Society and Civilisationp. 233
Allergies and the Zeitgeistp. 243
White-Collar Boxingp. 246
The Meroe Augustusp. 249
The Crisis of Thoughtp. 251
Simplicityp. 255
What Next?p. 258
Concluding Thoughts
The Uses of Philosophyp. 263
Russell's History of Western Philosophyp. 268
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A.C. Grayling

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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ISBN: 9780753819418
ISBN-10: 0753819414
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 15.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1