The Challenge of Things

The Challenge of Things

Thinking Through Troubled Times

Book - 2015
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A. C. Grayling's lucid and stimulating books, based on the idea that philosophy should engage with the world and make itself useful, invariably cause discussion.

The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections such as The Reason of Things and Thinking of Answers , collecting Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds.

Whether he is writing about the First World War and its legacy, free speech, the advantages of an atheist prime minister or the role of science in the arts, his essays are always enlightening, enlivening, and hopeful.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781632862464
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 08, 2018

It seems Grayling is trying to claim a place among English essayists beside Bacon and Russell, in terms of variety, volume, and style (I think this is his fifth or sixth collection of essays). Thoughtful essays on numerous topics, easy - perhaps to easy - to read (the lucidity can mask the depth of thought, a characteristic of Russell's writing). I most liked the lengthier essays on Dworkin's 'Justice For Hedgehogs' , Thucidides, and teachers.


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