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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for a philosophy student .... but perfect for me.
This is an ideal introduction to many philosphical concepts and will give you a fresh perspective on everyday issues such as truth, religion, travel, loyalty, love, racism, etc etc. With 61 'meanings of things' in all, I found this book to be great piecemeal reading. Each concept taking about 5 pages to complete, which makes for the perfect bedside book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars narrow view of life
It's easy to dip into and read one of the small self-contained chapters in a lunch break at work, and overall this was a worthwhile read, offering food for thought - though let down by its narrow scope and its heavy biases. Time and again Grayling refers to the ancient Greek philosophers as his touchstone of wisdom - as if this is the only kind of philosophy he thinks is...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bookreview The meaning of life, 9 Feb 2011
A small handy book that you can dip into for a few minutes, from time to time. Some articles enclosed need more than one read and the book can be put down and the article re-read to understand it more without any disruption to the rest of the book. Well worth the money. However a small point always, before you buy, look at the cost of postage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Meaning of Things., 24 Jan 2010
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This has to be one of the wisest and most elequently written little books anyone is ever likely to come upon. The scope of Grayling's understanding of humankind and of the human condition is immense: no human feeling or response to what life throws up at us is ignored, each and every joy, doubt and source of tribulation being eruditely and philosophically commented upon. A joy to read, and a jewel on any bookshelf.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats going on? Well..., 25 Jun 2006
This work has tremendous virtue as an aproachable and fairly broad intoduction to themes of philosphy. Non jargon-istic and frequently directly applicable to life, it opens your eyes and makes you think, even if sometimes to finally disagree. Its not the last word, it does sometimes feel like A.C.Grayling is sermonising, but the books aims to inspire and challenge, and with its straight-forward language and comprehensive logic, it does just that.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying, 17 Oct 2001
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This is a book I casually picked up in bookstore (sorry Amazon!), bought it and and have been dipping into it for the last few days. It's a good book. You're not wasting your time reading this one because the topics are both relevant and contemporary. This is no dry tome. The book's author writes with depth, brevity and clarity. Buy it, read it, then give it to the nearest bigot you can find and then sit back and hope they do the same.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars narrow view of life, 3 Feb 2013
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It's easy to dip into and read one of the small self-contained chapters in a lunch break at work, and overall this was a worthwhile read, offering food for thought - though let down by its narrow scope and its heavy biases. Time and again Grayling refers to the ancient Greek philosophers as his touchstone of wisdom - as if this is the only kind of philosophy he thinks is valid. He also comes across in his writing as rather pompous, and very much of the Establishment - having unquestioning faith in the received wisdom of the Western philosophical canon, and having no truck with any form of religiousness. Humanistic, atheistic and putting his faith in Reason, he comes across as something like a lawyer who, no matter how intelligent and well-read he is, has had a rather sheltered life, and has a rather narrow view of life and the meaning of things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars full of wisdom, 1 Mar 2014
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Full of wise words and sayings which lingers in one's mind and can be quoted at moments notice at any situation
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and thoughtful book to dip in and out of, 8 Dec 2013
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This is almost a pocket guide to life. AC Grayling has done the research and the thinking and encourages the reader to participate
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of every day life, 24 Nov 2013
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Great little book. Touched on all the things that give meaning to life in an easy and understandable way.Well done Mr Grayling
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight, if not a bit short... great for quotes!, 31 Oct 2013
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Has tons of very interesting points and themes, including the nature of mercy vs justice. The book breaks down the various topics of philosophy and at times each theme is a little short and you wish you would have more on your favourite topics.

Great for quotes! or any exam which require you to unearth and expose complicated socio-political issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into the realms of philosophy., 25 Aug 2013
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Lucid, easy to read. There is no verbose explanations and musings on topics. Highly recommended. I have read it time and time again.
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