- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (3 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753817551
- ISBN-13: 978-0753817551
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What is Good?: The Search for the Best Way to Live Paperback – 3 Oct 2007
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It compares and contrasts the Stoics with Christianity, and then on to Darwin and Mill. The book builds to the final conclusion that you don't need organised religion, the public domain should be wholly secular, leaving religion to the personal sphere.
'What Is Good' takes a chronological approach, starting with the humanist aspects of classical civilisation, reappraising such misrepresented schools of thought as Cynicism, Epicureanism and Stoicism, before moving on to what he casts, in effect, as the 'dark ages' of Christian religious dominance in 'the West'. Whilst Christianity takes most of the flak here, by inference - and even occasional direct reference - he's referring to all religion, but particularly the 'religions of the book' whose influence has been so strong in the cultures of this (European) part of the world.
Overall this is a pleasingly simple and accessible exposition of Grayling's position, which he presents as being the humanist/rational/liberal face of what's best in modern secular culture, contrasting this with the irrational/illiberal/deity oriented position of religion.Read more ›
The historical scope is daunting, the subject challenging philosophically and yet personally important to each one of us, the positions entrenched - it's a tribute to Grayling's professional expertise and commitment to clarity of thought and writing that he marshals the material so well. The tour begins in ancient Greece with Thales, "the first known Enlightenment thinker", whose rejection of "superstition or reliance on traditional beliefs" was "an essential feature of the Greek mentality". Socrates thought that scientific knowledge was "of no practical use to mankind" and that the more important question was that "of the good life and how to live it.Read more ›
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Anyone seeking a reasoned, informative and, above all, dispassionate account of theories of the 'Good’ will be disappointed by this volume. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeremy E. May
A good, readable review of philosopher's through the ages on this topic, culminating in Grayling's own humane and humanistic conclusions and, unlike some self-styled humanists, he... Read morePublished 22 months ago by MRS JANET E WILLIAMS
AC Grayling is an outstanding informed thoughtful accessible intellect and this shines through the pages of his books. Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2013 by Matthew White
Top Notch Grayling. Almost feel like being good after reading this, but philosophy is not the answer . The answer is science.Published on 29 Oct. 2013 by Mr. D. McKnight