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The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to life
The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to life
by Prof A.C. Grayling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

12 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly poor and naive...., 7 July 2006
If the catchy title caught your eye and you are expecting to find informative essays with thought provoking and original content....don't buy this book.

This is a collection of useless platitudes in the first part entitled "Virtues and Attributes" - of which there are few in the book - and an irrational rant against religion in the second part entitled "Foes and fallacies".

Though I applaud any attempt to link philosophy to everyday life, I struggle to find something positive to say about Graylings essays. Far from drawing on the wisdom of great philosophers or illuminating the topics with interesting and original thought, it does relies mostly on the naive opinion of the author. Which can be summarised as follows: religion is the source of all evil and - though it takes care not to say it plainly - Islam and Catholicism are biggest evils of them all.

I must give the author credit, though. If the book's intention is to fuel religious fundamentalism and to further the illusion that science, humanitarianism and religion are diamentrically opposed and eternally irreconcilable....BRAVO!


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