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Truth, Meaning and Realism: Essays in the Philosophy of Thought [Hardcover]

A.C. Grayling


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14 Jun 2007
A.C. Grayling is one of Britain's leading philosophers, known not only for his contributions as a public philosopher of distinction, but in academic circles for his scholarly work on Descartes, Berkeley, Russell and Wittgenstein, his writings on the problem of scepticism, his widely used "Introduction to Philosophical Logic" and (as editor) his two volume "Philosophy" and (as chief editor) the "Continuum Encyclopaedia of British Philosophy". This book serves as an excellent guide to Grayling's main philosophical concerns and shows the intellectual underpinning of much of his more popular work. In this volume of selected essays, he includes work done in the philosophy of language and philosophical logic, focusing on debates about truth, reference, assertion, judgment, and the realism-anti-realism debate. He sees them as contributions made to the debates which give these topics their life, at the point those debates had reached at the time they were written. As such the discussion do not aspire to be the last word on any of them, but rather to advance a perspective and a set of suggestions relevant to understanding them further.


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A.C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. He believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society. He has written and edited many books, both scholarly and for a general readership, and has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect, and is a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television programmes, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week and CNN news. He is a former Fellow of the World Economic Forum at Davos, a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, Patron of the UK Armed Forces Humanist association, Patron of Dignity in Dying, a former Booker Prize Judge, a Fellow of the Royal Literary Society, a member of the human rights group IHEU represented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva; and much more.

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A.C.Grayling is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London. He has written and edited numerous works of philosophy and collections of essays and is author of a new biography of Descartes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Philosophy in a Grand Key 22 Jun 2009
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A. C. Grayling is a "professional philosopher," and those of us that enjoy all that professional philosophy bring us are easily happy with this and his other books.

BUT, this book, like a series of publications storming the citadel, are not of the "professional" arcane nuanced kind. These short essays go directly to most of our practical concerns, without the arcane language of epistemology, axiology, praexeology, ontology, and more sophisticated subjects.

BUT don't think this material "light weight." It's merely accessible, in ways that professionals get tongue-tied using the Greek fundamentals. Following the success of Robert Solomon's corpus, Grayling is more succinct, just as valuable, and even more accessible.

Maybe, now, we can engage metaphysics of psychology, religion, superstition, voodoo, and chiropractic -- with the hard facts, the known classical values, and even upend the "traditional biblical moral values" and all the hypocrisy with humanistic values. If any two philosophers can, Solomon and Grayling are it.
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