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The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to life
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2010
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
on 25 June 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
on 17 October 2001
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
on 3 February 2013
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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on 31 October 2013
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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on 30 June 2012
Even though I am an arts student, I was looking for a book to help me with the philosophy/humanities written section of a standardized exam. This book was perfect!

Concepts are presented in easily digestible segments. The writing is engaging, fresh, and just enough detail for my purposes. Brilliant!!
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on 21 May 2013
AC Grayling's book on applying philosophy to life is one that you can easily dip into at any time. I originally bought it in hardback, and was happy to add to my Kindle collection. Recommended read on the subject.
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on 6 May 2015
Fascinating book, will end up buying all of his publications no doubt, explains loads of things, written clearly and in the way
this layman can understand.. Book arrived in good time and condition
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on 4 June 2015
After suffering from personal issues I was recommended this book. I find it an interesting read combined with some common knowledge. It does help you to see things from other perspectives.
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