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  1. A. C. Grayling (2014). Friendship. Yale University Press.
    A central bond, a cherished value, a unique relationship, a profound human need, a type of love. What is the nature of friendship, and what is its significance in our lives? How has friendship changed since the ancient Greeks began to analyze it, and how has modern technology altered its very definition? In this fascinating exploration of friendship through the ages, one of the most thought-provoking philosophers of our time tracks historical ideas of friendship, gathers a diversity of friendship stories (...)
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    A. C. Grayling (1997). An Introduction to Philosophical Logic. Blackwell Publishers.
    This new edition keeps the same successful format, with each chapter providing a self-contained introduction to the topic it discusses, rewritten to include ...
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    A. C. Grayling (2009). Q & A. The Philosophers' Magazine 46 (46):114-115.
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    A. C. Grayling (1982). Internal Structure and Essence. Analysis 42 (3):139 - 140.
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  5. A. C. Grayling (2003). What is Good?: The Search for the Best Way to Live. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
    In his major new book A.C. Grayling examines the different ways to live a good life, as proposed from classical antiquity to the recent present. Grayling focuses on the two very different conceptions of what a good life should be: one is a broadly secular view rooted in attitudes about human nature and the human condition; the other is a broadly transcendental view which locates the source of moral value outside the human realm. In the modern world (...)
     
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    A. C. Grayling (1988). Wittgenstein. Oxford University Press.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein was an extraordinarily original philosopher, whose influence on 20th-century thinking goes well beyond philosophy itself. In this short, non-technical introduction to Wittgenstein's thought, Grayling describes both his early and his later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and their effect on contemporary thought.
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    A. C. Grayling (2010). Neurophilosophy. The Philosophers' Magazine 50 (50):54-55.
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    A. C. Grayling (2008). Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge. Continuum.
    In this series of studies A. C. Grayling looks at approaches the problem of how sceptical challenges can be met.
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  9. A. C. Grayling (2007/2008). The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century. Phoenix.
     
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    A. C. Grayling (2007). Truth, Meaning and Realism. Continuum.
    The ten essays gathered together in this book treat of truth, meaning, realism, natural kind terms, and related topics. Almost all began life as invited contributions to conferences. From the Preface we learn that Grayling, in contrast to those colleagues whose perfectionism leads them to publish too little, preferred to ‘venture ideas as if they were letters to friends’. The style could hardly be called epistolary, however; a high level of generality is maintained throughout, and there is much plotting of (...)
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    Simon Blackburn, Miranda Fricker, A. C. Grayling, Anthony O'Hear & Bhikhu Parekh (2005). Whose Morality is It Anyway? The Philosophers' Magazine 30 (30):41-49.
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  12. A. C. Grayling (ed.) (1995). Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject. Oxford University Press.
    This comprehensive new collection is designed as a complete introduction to philosophy for students and general readers. Consisting of eleven extended essays, specially commissioned for this volume from leading philosophers, the book surveys all of the major areas of philosophy and offers an accessible but sophisticated guide to the main debates. An extended introduction provides general context and explains how the different subjects are related. The first part of the book deals with the foundations of philosophical inquiry: epistemology, philosophical logic, (...)
     
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    A. C. Grayling (2007). A Cultural Possession. The Philosophers' Magazine 38:52-55.
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    Adam Z. J. Zeman, A. C. Grayling & Alan Cowey (1997). Contemporary Theories of Consciousness. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 62:549-552.
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    A. C. Grayling (2003). 14 Russell, Experience, and the Roots of Science. In Nicholas Griffin (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell. Cambridge University Press 449.
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    A. C. Grayling (1987). Realism. Cogito 1 (1):25-27.
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    A. C. Grayling (1997). The Argument to Knowledge and Knowledge of the Past. Bradley Studies 3 (1):25-36.
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    A. C. Grayling (2005). Berkeley's Argument for Immaterialism. In Kenneth Winkler (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Berkeley. Cambridge University Press 166--189.
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    A. C. Grayling (2004). A Man for All Reasons. The Philosophers' Magazine 26:28-30.
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    A. C. Grayling (2009). Q & A. The Philosophers' Magazine 46 (46):114-115.
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    David Papineau, Simon Blackburn, A. C. Grayling, Ted Honderich & Richard Norman (2002). The British Difference. The Philosophers' Magazine 18 (18):37-38.
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    A. C. Grayling (2005). Ensino. Critica.
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  23. A. C. Grayling (1996). Russell. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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    A. C. Grayling (2008). Interview - A. C. Grayling. The Philosophers' Magazine 40 (40):42-43.
    AC Grayling is Britain’s leading popular philosopher. A professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, he has written over 20 books, ranging from academic monographs such as Truth, Meaning and Realism to more accessible works such as What is Good? and The Mystery of Things. His most recent books are Towards The Light and The Choice of Hercules.
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    A. C. Grayling (2009). Q & A. The Philosophers' Magazine 46 (46):114-115.
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    A. C. Grayling (1992). Epistemology and Realism. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92:47 - 65.
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    A. C. Grayling (1988/2001). Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original thinker, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone. In this engaging Introduction, A.C. Grayling makes Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general reader by explaining the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views. He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's continuing influence on contemporary thought.
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    A. C. Grayling (1990). Wittgenstein's Influence: Meaning, Mind and Method. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 28:61-78.
    In the first and shorter part of this essay I comment on Wittgenstein's general influence on the practice of philosophy since his time. In the second and much longer part I discuss aspects of his work which have had a more particular influence, chiefly on debates about meaning and mind. The aspects in question are Wittgenstein's views about rule-following and private language. This second part is more technical than the first.
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    A. C. Grayling (2000). Naturalistic Assumptions. In A. Orenstein & Petr Kotatko (eds.), Knowledge, Language and Logic: Questions for Quine. Kluwer Academic Print on Demand 47--56.
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  30. A. C. Grayling, The Knot in the Brain.
    Among the most important questions still facing human enquiry are those about the mind and its place in nature. What is mind, and what is it relation to body? How should we best understand our common sense concepts of such mental phenomena as belief, desire, intention, emotion, reason and memory? How does the grey matter of the brain give rise to our rich and vivid experiences of colour, sound, texture, taste and smell?
     
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    A. C. Grayling (1987). Realism. Cogito 1 (1):25-27.
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    A. C. Grayling (1986). T. L. S. Sprigge, "The Vindication of Absolute Idealism". [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 36 (42):85.
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  33. A. C. Grayling, The Last Word on Capital Punishment.
    It a mistake to think that opponents of the death penalty are invariably sentimentalists, motivated by tenderness to those convicted of deliberate murder. They might, quite rightly, often be motivated by compassion for others branded as criminals, who in more rational, more just, or kinder dispensations would not be criminals at all – for example, soliciting prostitutes and drug addicts. They might also understand, although (a different thing) neither condone nor forgive, murder committed in the unmeditated grip of passion. Such (...)
     
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    A. C. Grayling (1995). Concept-Reference and Kinds. In Petr Kotatko & John Biro (eds.), Frege: Sense and Reference One Hundred Years Later. Kluwer 75--93.
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  35. A. C. Grayling, The Last Word on Death.
    If we base our understanding of death on evidence rather than fear or desire, we are bound to accept it as a twofold natural process: the cessation of bodily functions, including consciousness, followed by the body's dispersion into its physical elements. Cessation of function and the beginning of physical transformation occur together at the moment of death; exactly what constitutes that moment is a matter of controversy, an important matter because many physiological functions can now be sustained artificially. But there (...)
     
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  36. A. C. Grayling, Can an Atheist Be a Fundamentalist?
    It is time to put to rest the mistakes and assumptions that lie behind a phrase used by some religious people when talking of those who are plain-spoken about their disbelief in any religious claims: the phrase "fundamentalist atheist". What would a non-fundamentalist atheist be? Would he be someone who believed only somewhat that there are no supernatural entities in the universe - perhaps that there is only part of a god (a divine foot, say, or buttock)? Or that gods (...)
     
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  37. A. C. Grayling, The Secular and the Sacred.
    Religion has been given comfortable house room in liberal democracies, which protect the right of people to believe as they wish, and accept the wide variety of faiths brought into them by immigrants from all over the world. This is right and proper, for freedom of speech and belief are essential values, and the very idea of democratic society is premised on the idea of responsibly exercised liberty.
     
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  38. A. C. Grayling, Education and Gender Differences.
    Half-lost in the now predictable August clamour about sex differences in examination results, renewed today by publication of the GCSE results, are old familiar clues, swirling neglected like scraps of paper in the storm around our heads. In one page of the newspaper you read that girls are doing better than boys at A Level and GCSE, in another you read that young women get fewer Firsts at Oxford than young men, in a third you read how much better all (...)
     
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  39. Andrew Copson & A. C. Grayling (eds.) (2015). The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism_ presents an edited collection of essays that explore the nature of Humanism as an approach to life, and a philosophical analysis of the key humanist propositions from naturalism and science to morality and meaning. Represents the first book of its kind to look at Humanism not just in terms of its theoretical underpinnings, but also its consequences and its diverse manifestations Features contributions from international and emerging scholars, plus renowned figures such as Stephen Law, (...)
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  40. Andrew Copson & A. C. Grayling (eds.) (2015). The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism_ presents an edited collection of essays that explore the nature of Humanism as an approach to life, and a philosophical analysis of the key humanist propositions from naturalism and science to morality and meaning. Represents the first book of its kind to look at Humanism not just in terms of its theoretical underpinnings, but also its consequences and its diverse manifestations Features contributions from international and emerging scholars, plus renowned figures such as Stephen Law, (...)
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  41. Andrew Copson & A. C. Grayling (eds.) (2015). The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism_ presents an edited collection of essays that explore the nature of Humanism as an approach to life, and a philosophical analysis of the key humanist propositions from naturalism and science to morality and meaning. Represents the first book of its kind to look at Humanism not just in terms of its theoretical underpinnings, but also its consequences and its diverse manifestations Features contributions from international and emerging scholars, plus renowned figures such as Stephen Law, (...)
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  42. Tim Crane, A. C. Grayling & David Wiggins (1994). Ba Philosophy. External Publications, University of London.
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  43. A. C. Grayling (1986). A. Manser and G. Stock , "The Philosophy of F. H. Bradley". [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 36 (44):438.
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  44. A. C. Grayling & Roger Scruton (1994). Ba Philosophy.
     
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  45. A. C. Grayling (2006). Epistemic Finitude and the Framework of Inference. In Stephen Cade Hetherington (ed.), Epistemology Futures. Oxford University Press 169.
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  46. A. C. Grayling (2013). Friendship. Yale University Press.
    A central bond, a cherished value, a unique relationship, a profound human need, a type of love. What is the nature of friendship, and what is its significance in our lives? How has friendship changed since the ancient Greeks began to analyze it, and how has modern technology altered its very definition? In this fascinating exploration of friendship through the ages, one of the most thought-provoking philosophers of our time tracks historical ideas of friendship, gathers a diversity of friendship stories (...)
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  47. A. C. Grayling (2006). Humanism, Religion, and Ethics. In Dolan Cummings (ed.), Debating Humanism. Imprint Academic 26--47.
     
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  48. A. C. Grayling (1998). Introduction to Philosophical Logic. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    A. C. Grayling (2002/2003). Life, Sex, and Ideas: The Good Life Without God. Oxford University Press.
    "A distinctive voice somewhere between Mark Twain and Michel Montaigne" is how Psychology Today described A.C. Grayling. In Life, Sex, and Ideas: The Good Life Without God, readers have the pleasure of hearing this distinctive voice address some of the most serious topics in philosophy--and in our daily lives--including reflections on guns, anger, conflict, war; monsters, madness, decay; liberty, justice, utopia; suicide, loss, and remembrance. A civilized society, says Grayling, is one which never ceases having a discussion with itself about (...)
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  50. A. C. Grayling, Morality and the Churches.
    Last week the Government announced that it is to add a clause to its current education bill requiring that schools should promote marriage and "other stable relationships" as ideals, and should encourage pupils to delay engaging in sex until they are older. The proposal is a sop to those, chief among them the churches, who oppose repeal of the notorious Clause 28 which forbids "promotion of homosexuality" by public bodies.
     
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