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Thinking of Answers: Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life

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In his acclaimed columns in the London Times and Prospect, A. C. Grayling often responds to provocative questions posed by editors and readers. These questions serve as the basis for the essays in Thinking of Answers, among them searching examinations of the following:

· Are human beings especially prone to self-deception?

· If beauty existed only in the eye of the beholde
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Walker Books (first published March 1st 2010)
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Jacob J.
Mar 29, 2015 Jacob J. rated it it was amazing
What is it, in our day-to-day lives, that prevents us from stepping back—perhaps lowering the arm presently occupying (or occupied by) some gadget—and examining the aspects, and indeed limitations, of humanity? We have stuff to do. Time is money. We’re not getting any younger and our daughters have ballet rehearsal at six and oh shit we forgot to pick up our jacket from the dry-cleaner! Is there still time? Nope—I suppose we’ll just—oh wait, it’s our wives/husbands texting us, telling us we’re o ...more
May 18, 2010 Vicky rated it it was amazing
I am nearly at the end of this book and it is absolutely brilliant. Anything by Grayling is a gift, here is a collection of short essays from his previous publications, and they touch any imaginable topic such as an importance of education, the phenomena of genius, the value of money and when to say the truth or to lie. He has 2 essays on Shakespeare in this book, one is Shakespeare as a thinker and another is a humanist and they make you want to read his plays again. In one book there is a chap ...more
Jul 16, 2015 Katja rated it it was amazing
This book is worth its weight in gold and I wish I could give it more stars. In it, Grayling devotes a few pages to a whole range of issues, including democracy, science, drugs, religion, evolution, robots, and anything else you care to think of. These are all in some way relevant to modern existence and almost every page has something to teach you and get your brain cogs whirring. A testament to how relevant these mini-essays are is the fact that I was constantly noticing things around me that ...more
May 03, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
I really liked this book, however I didn't finish it. I borrowed this from the TAFE Library, but the format of the book is questions posed and short(ish) answers. It's not really a book to sit and read through from cover to cover ans in this way is similar to one of the author's other work, the Secular Bible. It is a lot better to dip in and read just one and then spend time considering the answer and your own opinion. So, one to buy not to borrow.
Sarah Clement
Jan 13, 2012 Sarah Clement rated it liked it
I thought this was a great 'taste' of a wide variety of topics, which is just what AC Grayling intended - to just get the reader thinking about the philosophy of everyday life. I love AC Grayling's writing voice, and the fact that he can so eloquently express ethics sans religion. He just has a way with words that gives you that feeling of "aha! That's what I was thinking! I just couldn't articulate it nearly as well." With that said, I only give the book 3 stars because it left me with far more ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Kent rated it it was amazing
Grayling is one of my favorite writers and philosophers. The essays in this book, like those from his other essay books, are filled with many questions we really need to be asking ourselves more. He doesn't come to many hard conclusions, rather just giving his thoughts on the subject, so it lets you ponder deeper into the matter.
Grayling is a humanist philosopher, so he believes strongly in the arts, philosophy, critical thought, mindfulness, the environment, social justice, leading a good and
Alan Kahn
Jun 30, 2013 Alan Kahn rated it did not like it
Maybe of the worst books i have ever read related to philosophy. This was not a book of questions, it was a book of graylings opinions. No sources, no attempts to explain, a lot of religion bashing and complaining by attacking strawmen. I hope people arent foolish enough to read this book, its so poorly written i have a hard time believing someone with academic credibility like grayling could have done this. This book will only leave you more confused about what you didnt know, and make you thin ...more
Morabito Diego
Jun 19, 2016 Morabito Diego rated it it was ok
A.C. Grayling knows a lot about a lot of stuff but the books he writes are just superficial. I mean, they get you to think (and probably that is his goal) but in the end you just end up with little knowledge and a lot of information. It's just like reading newspaper articles. Plus, when he cares to give a personal opinion about something he's writing, it just comes in the form of a dogmatic phrase. This (and many of his other books) are just bathroom readings.
Nov 09, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
In "Thinking of Answers," AC Grayling covers a plethora of philosophical topics, most of which have relevance to just about everyone's lives. His writing is eloquent, his analysis rigorous, well-reasoned and logical, and his own positions well thought out and nuanced. I really enjoyed this book and found it engaging, although I think I would have preferred if it had covered fewer issues and spent more time on the rest.
Nathanael Coyne
Mar 18, 2012 Nathanael Coyne rated it liked it
I have previously read another A.C. Grayling title so while I still enjoyed reading this it felt a bit repetitive and I'd have liked that each of his books focus on a discrete topic. The super-short essay / column format makes for quick pick-up & put-down and Grayling's wonderfully critical style of all that is illogical and foolish in this world makes this a fun book to read a few minutes at a time.
Jaakko J.
Sep 07, 2012 Jaakko J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
This is a book well worth reading. A.C. Grayling uses his knowledge of philosophy on quite everyday issues, but also gives some answers to questions that are larger than life. This is a collection of short texts and it is aimed squarely at general public. It is no heavy reading at all, even if it is a work by a real heavy-weight philosopher.
Kristin Nõlvak
Sep 03, 2016 Kristin Nõlvak rated it liked it
It's a book that can teach anyone something as it goes through so many topics and gives all of the problems in the world a well-argumented opinion.
It's a clever sarcastic and witty way of looking at life.
Jan 18, 2012 Nurshafiqa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting read but i don't agree with some of the points presented on this book so SUCK ON THAT!
i'm going to keep this short because i could just rage on and on and well you wouldn't want that.

no, but really. a must-read.
Adam Snider
Thought-provoking and easy to read, but not something I'd likely read again (specific essays, maybe, but not the whole book).
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Anthony Clifford "A. C." Grayling is a British philosopher. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. Until June 2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he taught from 1991. He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford.

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