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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Grayling
As with the previous books in this series, this one sees Grayling eloquently applying philosophy to everyday life in an extremely readable and jargon-free manner. It's perfect for flicking through, either on a reasonably long bus journey or curled up on the sofa at home, with each short - but insightful - essay guaranteed to give you something to ponder or cause you to...
Published on 25 Sep 2006 by Alex Carlette

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2.0 out of 5 stars Who exactly is the intended audience for this stuff?
Grayling writes smugly, from what he clearly imagines to be a great height, downwards in the direction of what he equally clearly sees as his lowly and benighted readers. I spent an hour leafing through this yesterday and took away little more than a vague and amused impression that he was trying to patronise me. The fact that I agree with him about most things only...
Published on 26 May 2008 by S. Matthews


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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Grayling, 25 Sep 2006
As with the previous books in this series, this one sees Grayling eloquently applying philosophy to everyday life in an extremely readable and jargon-free manner. It's perfect for flicking through, either on a reasonably long bus journey or curled up on the sofa at home, with each short - but insightful - essay guaranteed to give you something to ponder or cause you to see the subject in a slightly different light.

Grayling is not simply a detached on-looker; a strong sense of humanistic ethics runs throughout his work, he repeatedly praises the emotions and arts which make life so interesting, while treating the abstract ideas and concepts which seek to cheapen human life (mainly, but not exclusively, religion) with scorn.

In short: warm, intelligent, insightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AC Grayling, 9 April 2014
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A refreshing perspective on the various vicissitudes of life that shape our characters and forge our destinies. Grayling has a very good mind.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who exactly is the intended audience for this stuff?, 26 May 2008
Grayling writes smugly, from what he clearly imagines to be a great height, downwards in the direction of what he equally clearly sees as his lowly and benighted readers. I spent an hour leafing through this yesterday and took away little more than a vague and amused impression that he was trying to patronise me. The fact that I agree with him about most things only made it worse: with friends like this, suddenly my enemies look a lot more dangerous.

Yuck.
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