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Ideas That Matter

A Personal Guide for the 21st Century

Prof A.C. Grayling



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01 January 2011
This is a book that celebrates the power of ideas: thought can - and does - change the world. And, in turn, ideas evolve. Fundamentalism, environmentalism and bioethics are defining our future just as Marxism, feminism or existentialism have influenced our present. So what do we need to know as we move into the 21st century?

More than a simple reference work, this is A.

C Grayling's personal and heartfelt guide to the ideas, past and present, that shape our world. Covering religion, philosophy, scientific theory and political movements, each alphabetically ordered entry illuminates, elucidates and provokes. Written with Grayling's customary fire and erudition, the result is a book that aims both to arm readers with knowledge and engage them in philosophical debate.
Imprint:   Phoenix
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 44mm
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9780753826188
ISBN 10:   0753826186
Pages:   624
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Anthony Grayling teaches philosophy at Birkbeck College, London and is a fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He is a literary journalist and broadcaster who reviews frequently in the FT and has a regular column in PROSPECT.

Reviews for Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide for the 21st Century

A.C. Grayling has perfected the art of a philosophical vignette...A finely balanced portion of information, analysis, allusion and often profound reflection written with graceful authority--THE HERALD If there is any such person in Britain today as 'The Thinking Man', it is A.C. Grayling. He provides generous help for the ethically challenged, the philosophically perplexed and the culturally confused. Clearly and succinctly, without jargon or condescension, Grayling takes on the intellectual world and names its parts. He does us great service with this useful handbook--THE TIMES A series of brilliant, informative essays...provocative, forceful and informative--SUNDAY HERALD

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