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The Mystery of Things
     

The Mystery of Things

by A. C. Grayling
 

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In is new book, A. C. Grayling shows how much understanding people can gain about themselves and their world by reflecting on the lessons offered by science, the arts, and history. In the book's essays, Grayling illustrates what each area offers to thought, and in doing so, he covers subjects as wide-ranging as Jane Austen's Emma, The Rosetta Stone,

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In is new book, A. C. Grayling shows how much understanding people can gain about themselves and their world by reflecting on the lessons offered by science, the arts, and history. In the book's essays, Grayling illustrates what each area offers to thought, and in doing so, he covers subjects as wide-ranging as Jane Austen's Emma, The Rosetta Stone, Shakespeare, the Holocaust, and the brain.

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Library Journal
A main business of philosophy is to keep open questions open-not just to be skeptical but to offer new ways of looking at things and open new avenues of exploration. Grayling, who teaches philosophy at London University's Birkbeck College and is a London Times columnist, does just that. Consciousness, genetics, the origin of the universe, quantum theory, literature, and history all get a workout in these short essays. In brisk, pithy, jargon-free prose, Grayling opens issues for ordinary readers, leaving them with something to think about without, much of the time, trying to settle anything. An exception is fundamentalist religion "on an organized scale," which he flatly tags as "the cancer of history." When it comes to science, Grayling is always a defender (though he is not uncritical), and his essays about its big questions best evoke the book's title. Readers in all public libraries will enjoy this book.-Leslie Armour, Dominican Coll., Ottawa, Ont. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780753820193
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.73(d)

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