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Editorial Reviews. Review. I find the clarity of his thinking so refreshing. -- Pam Ferris. About the is not currently available for download. Share. site App Ad. The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to life by [Grayling, A.C.]. 'The unconsidered life is not worth living' - Socrates. This book is an accessible, lively and thought-provoking series of linked commentaries, based on A. C. Grayling's 'The Last Word' column in the Guardian. The Heart of Things: Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century.A. C. The meaning of things by A. C. Grayling, , Weidenfeld & Nicolson edition, in English.


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Thus, comments on moralising are followed by some on tolerance, remarks on fear by some on courage, remarks on sorrow, death and hope are placed together, as are those on frankness and lying, betrayal and loyalty, blame and punishment.

Other topics which naturally pair - love and hate, for example - can certainly be read together, but are placed apart for other reasons. Mainly, however, the discussions are meant to be read as separate self-standing pieces, and occasionally as clusters, but not as a sequence - for this is not a continuous treatise, but a miscellany prompted by commentary on the daily life of the human condition.

They once each had the space of a week around them, adding to their self-containment. But just as all roads lead to Rome, so all these topics lead to one another by more and less direct routes, as a little reflection on the groupings shows.

The book is divided into three Parts, one of which concerns some of the things that are enemies to human flourishing, among them racism, nationalism, religion, revenge, poverty, and depression.

Doubtless, some will take offence at the inclusion of religion in this category. If all espousers of religion behaved like Quakers or shared the views of Thervada Buddhists, there would be little to quarrel with in religion saves its super- naturalistic beliefs.

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But religion has for the greatest part been, and still remains, an affliction in human affairs, and cannot be omitted from discussion of the considered life. Yet I believe passionately in the value of all things spiritual - by which I mean things of the human spirit, with its capacity for love and enjoyment, creativity and kindness, hope and courage.

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Although mankind is the author of much monstrous cruelty, of despoliation, greed, conflict and ugliness, it is also the author of much that is best in the world, which is a reason both for celebration and optimism. Mainly, however, the discussions are meant to be read as separate self-standing pieces, and occasionally as clusters, but not as a sequence - for this is not a continuous treatise, but a miscellany prompted by commentary on the daily life of the human condition.

A. C. Grayling

They once each had the space of a week around them, adding to their self-containment. But just as all roads lead to Rome, so all these topics lead to one another by more and less direct routes, as a little reflection on the groupings shows.

The book is divided into three Parts, one of which concerns some of the things that are enemies to human flourishing, among them racism, nationalism, religion, revenge, poverty, and depression. Doubtless, some will take offence at the inclusion of religion in this category. If all espousers of religion behaved like Quakers or shared the views of Thervada Buddhists, there would be little to quarrel with in religion saves its super- naturalistic beliefs.

But religion has for the greatest part been, and still remains, an affliction in human affairs, and cannot be omitted from discussion of the considered life. Yet I believe passionately in the value of all things spiritual - by which I mean things of the human spirit, with its capacity for love and enjoyment, creativity and kindness, hope and courage. Although mankind is the author of much monstrous cruelty, of despoliation, greed, conflict and ugliness, it is also the author of much that is best in the world, which is a reason both for celebration and optimism.

Some people seem unable to allow that mankind is the source of what makes the world bearable - pity, beauty and tenderness - nor that it is human genius which is responsible for the achievements of art and science. Such is responsible for the achievements of art and science. There is a serious polemical thrust: that 'mankind is the source of what makes the world bearable - pity, beauty and tenderness'.

Religious belief is roundly trounced.

Hopes for an afterlife are 'a sad reflection on, and a condemnation of, the facts of this life'. God is 'the name of our ignorance'. Rather than 'seek new definitions of deity, or "New Age" religions, we do better to dispense with theologies altogether, and place our hopes in the best of things human instead. This is humanism in its boxing shorts.

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Grayling supplies matter-of-fact kickings to nationalism and racism. Occasionally, he is too much the academic.

The simple art of getting drunk is over-theorised as 'inducing temporary but often profound changes in their usual selves', and the format means each section is forced to an unnatural climax.I guess he is too afraid for that.

There is some elegant writing on Death and Defeat, which might console the unfortunate. No flag has ever stopped a bullet from a gun - that's my philosophy. Its aim is not to persuade readers to accept one particular philosophical point of view or theory, but to help us consider the wonderful range of insights which can be drawn from an immeasurably rich history of philosophical thought.

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