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Prof A.C. Grayling
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"Intelligent introduction... rewards your endeavours." -- Martin Tierney, THE HERALD

"The book is beautifully written and highly engaging and it contains no footnotes." -- TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

"This book reminds us that often the greatest disagreements are between priorities rather than principles." -- INDEPENDENT

Book Description

A.C. Grayling answers the most important question - How do we live a good life?

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Many important and difficult questions arise in the course of a human life, but few can compare with the most general question any individual can ask - How shall I live a good life? In his major new book A.C. Grayling examines the chief answers to this question, as proposed from classical antiquity to the recent present. He focuses on the two very different conceptions of what a good life should be: one is a broadly secular view rooted in attitudes about human nature and the human condition; the other is a broadly transcendental view which locates the source of moral value outside the human realm. In the modern world - the world shaped by the rise of science in the seventeenth century - these two views have come increasingly into conflict, and the constantly accumulating tension between them is one of the greatest problems faced by the twenty-first century. A.C. Grayling tackles this contemporary dilemma, placing it in its historical context and ultimately asserting a humanist ethics against the revival of transcendentalist views. THE GOOD is a work of rare insight and clarity. Anthony Grayling teaches philosophy at Birkbeck College, London and is a Fellow of St Anne's, Oxford. He lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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HOW DO YOU LIVE A GOOD LIFE? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Anthony Grayling teaches philosophy at Birkbeck College, London and is a Fellow of St Anne's, Oxford. He reviews regularly in the Financial Times. He has a regular column in Prospect and the Guardian.
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