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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. A. C. Grayling, The Last Word on Excellence.
    When Matthew Arnold wrote Culture and Anarchy over a hundred years ago, he gave expression to the ideal of excellence in the fostering of culture, by describing it as "getting to know, on all the matters that most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world, and, through this knowledge, turning a stream of fresh and free thought upon our stock notions and habits." Arnold was an inspector of schools, and a champion of higher education, (...)
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  8. A. C. Grayling, The Last Word on History.
    This week saw the beginning of an action for libel brought by one historian against another over a question of history. The right-wing historian David Irving says the Holocaust was not as bad as has been claimed; he is suing American historian Deborah Lipstadt for calling him "a dangerous spokesman for Holocaust denial." The case, and its explosive content, remind us that history matters.
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  9. A. C. Grayling, The Last Word on Nationalism.
    Nationalism is an evil. It causes wars, its roots lie in xenophobia and racism, it is a recent phenomenon – an invention of the last few centuries – which has been of immense service to demagogues and tyrants but to no-one else. Disguised as patriotism and love of one's country, it trades on the unreason of mass psychology to make a variety of horrors seem acceptable, even honourable. For example: if someone said to you, "I am going to send your (...)
     
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  10. A. C. Grayling, The Last Word on Sorrow.
    When people die in an accident, suddenly and unexpectedly, with a terrible arbitrariness that seems unjust and cruel beyond description, there seem to be very few consolations for those left behind. That is how it must seem to those bereaved by the Paddington rail disaster last week. In such cases there is no preparation, as with someone long ill; no sense of the quiet inevitability of great age; there is no closure, no proper leave-taking. Too much is left unfinished and (...)
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  11. 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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  12. A. C. Grayling, Why China Should Not Get the 2008 Olympics.
    When the International Olympic Committee meets in Moscow this weekend to choose a host city for the 2008 Games, the front-runner will be China's capital Beijing. Its main rivals are Toronto and Paris, but Canada and France have twice hosted winter or summer Games. In addition, the IoC's retiring President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, is a keen supporter of China's bid, and was disappointed when Sydney beat Beijing for the 2000 Games by just two votes. As his last presidential act he (...)
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  13. A. C. Grayling (2010). Neurophilosophy. The Philosophers' Magazine 50 (50):54-55.
  14. A. C. Grayling (2009). Q & A. The Philosophers' Magazine 46 (46):114-115.
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. A. C. Grayling (2007). A Cultural Possession. The Philosophers' Magazine 38:52-55.
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  18. A. C. Grayling (2007/2008). The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century. Phoenix.
     
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  19. A. C. Grayling (2007). Truth, Meaning and Realism. Continuum.
  20. 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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  21. A. C. Grayling (2006). Humanism, Religion, and Ethics. In Dolan Cummings (ed.), Debating Humanism. Imprint Academic. 26--47.
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  22. A. C. Grayling (2006/2007). The Form of Things: Essays on Life, Ideas, and Liberty in the 21st Century. Phoenix.
     
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  23. A. C. Grayling, Andrew Pyle & Naomi Goulder (eds.) (2006). The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy. Thoemmes Continuum.
    v. 1. A-C -- v. 2. D-J -- v. 3. K-Q -- v. 4. R-Z.
     
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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. A. C. Grayling (2005). Ensino. Critica.
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  27. A. C. Grayling (2005). The Heart of Things: Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
    In this new collection A.C. Grayling adds to the variety of discussion and insight in his previous three essay collections. He returns to questions of personal ethics and the problems of the contemporary world, but also looks at the lives and ideas of great thinkers, the role of the arts in civilisation, and the need for reason everywhere Anthony Grayling illustrates in his celebrated accessible prose what each area offers to thought. In a wide-ranging array of illuminating topics, THE HEART (...)
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  28. A. C. Grayling (2004). A Man for All Reasons. The Philosophers' Magazine 26:28-30.
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  29. 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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  30. 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 - the world (...)
     
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  31. 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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  32. A. C. Grayling (2002). Russell: A Very Short Introduction. OUP Oxford.
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) is one of the most famous and important philosophers of the twentieth century. In this account of his life and work A.C. Grayling introduces both his technical contributions to logic and philosophy, and his wide-ranging views on education, politics, war, and sexual morality. Russell is credited with being one of the prime movers of Analytic Philosophy, and with having played a part in the revolution in social attitudes witnessed throughout the twentieth-century world. This introduction gives a clear (...)
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  33. 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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  34. A. C. Grayling (2001). The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
    'The unconsidered life is not worth living' - Socrates. Thinking about life, what it means and what it holds in store does not have to be a despondent experience, but rather can be enlightening and uplifting. A life truly worth living is one that is informed and considered so a degree of philosophical insight into the inevitabilities of the human condition is inherently important and such an approach will help us to deal with real personal dilemmas. This book is an (...)
     
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  35. 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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  36. A. C. Grayling (ed.) (1998). Philosophy 1: A Guide Through the Subject. OUP Oxford.
    This is the first volume of a two-volume introduction to and guide through philosophy. It is intended to orientate, assist, and stimulate the reader at every stage in the study of the subject. Eleven extended essays have been specially commissioned from leading philosophers; each surveys a major area of the subject and offers an accessible but sophisticated account of the main debates. -/- An extended introduction maps out the philosophical terrain and explains how the different subjects relate to each other. (...)
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  37. A. C. Grayling (ed.) (1998). Philosophy 2: Further Through the Subject. Oxford University Press.
    This companion to the highly successful Philosophy: A Guide through the Subject, (recently reissued as Philosophy 1) is a lively and authoritative guide through important areas of philosophy that are typically studied in the later parts of an undergraduate course. Thirteen extended essays have been specially commissioned, each introducing a major area and giving an accessible and up-to-date account of the main debates. The first seven cover the philosophies of language, psychology, religion, and the natural and social sciences. The second (...)
     
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  38. A. C. Grayling (1998). The Empiricists. Philosophy 1.
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  39. Scott Sturgeon, M. G. F. Martin & A. C. Grayling (1998). Epistemology. In A. C. Grayling (ed.), Philosophy 1: A Guide Through the Subject. Oup Oxford.
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  40. 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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  41. A. C. Grayling (1997). The Argument to Knowledge and Knowledge of the Past. Bradley Studies 3 (1):25-36.
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  42. Adam Z. J. Zeman, A. C. Grayling & Alan Cowey (1997). Contemporary Theories of Consciousness. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 62:549-552.
  43. 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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  44. A. C. Grayling (1995). Modern Philosophy II: The Empiricists. In , Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject. Oxford University Press. 484--544.
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  45. 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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  46. A. C. Grayling (1992). Epistemology and Realism. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92:47 - 65.
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  47. A. C. Grayling (1990). Wittgenstein's Influence: Meaning, Mind and Method. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 28:61-78.
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  48. 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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