Meditations for the Humanist: Ethics for a Secular Age

Meditations for the Humanist: Ethics for a Secular Age

by A. C. Grayling

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Meditations for the Humanist is a generous, insightful, wide-ranging, magnanimous inquiry into the philosophical and ethical questions that bear most strongly on the human condition. Containing nearly fifty commentaries on topics ranging from love, perseverance, revenge, racism, religion, history, loyalty, health, and leisure, Meditations for the Humanist does not offer definitive statements but rather prompts to reflection. Each piece can be read alone and each is characterized by brevity, wit, and a liveliness of mind that recalls the best of Montaigne and Swift. Grayling's own perspective on these subjects is broadened and deepened by liberal quotations from Sophocles and Shakespeare to Byron, Twain, Proust, Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195168907
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/31/2003
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 584,519
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

A. C. Grayling teaches philosophy at the University of London. He writes a weekly column "The Last Word" for The Guardian and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, and Lingua Franca. The author of a biography of William Hazlitt and several introductions to philosophy, Mr. Grayling lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Part IVirtues and Attributes
Moralising3
Tolerance7
Mercy10
Civility12
Compromise15
Fear18
Courage21
Defeat24
Sorrow26
Death29
Hope34
Perseverance37
Prudence40
Frankness42
Lying45
Perjury48
Betrayal51
Loyalty54
Blame56
Punishment58
Delusion60
Love63
Happiness71
Part IIFoes and Fallacies
Nationalism77
Racism80
Speciesism83
Hate86
Revenge89
Intemperance92
Depression96
Christianity99
Sin108
Repentance112
Faith116
Miracles125
Prophecy127
Virginity130
Paganism133
Blasphemy136
Obscenity138
Poverty142
Capitalism144
Part IIIAmenities and Goods
Reason153
Education157
Excellence161
Ambition163
Acting165
Art168
Health170
Leisure173
Peace176
Reading178
Memory182
History186
Leadership189
Travel192
Privacy195
Family198
Age201
Gifts203
Trifles206

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Meditations for the Humanist: Ethics for a Secular Age 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is divided into 3 sections with 61 short essays orginally published in the Guardian newspaper. Topics include: moralising, death, love, happiness, racism, depression, Christianity, miracles, capitalism, art, reading, family and much, much more. They are very succint and full of deep wisdom. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking the underlying truths about humanity and society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by A. C. Grayling and I was impressed. I have listened to a few of his debates and he writes just as eloquently as he speaks. This book does not give definitive answers to the important ethical and philosophical questions but rather supplies you with some food for thought so that you may come to your own conclusions. Don't be fooled by the size of this book for the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that this book imparts is sure to amaze.
Sav_Abby More than 1 year ago
Truly an excellent book of essays. A book I come back to again and again!