Thinking of answers – A.C. Grayling

March 5, 2011 at 09:23 | Posted in books | Leave a comment
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You may have noticed that this blog has been rather light on the ‘books’ element promised in the title recently. This is in part because I have been reading much less since Baby Chillikebab came along (unless you include such erudite titles as ‘Ducky says Quack!’ and ‘ABC Zoo’), and in part beause what books I have been reading have not really been worth reviewing.

However, I did get this book from one of my favourite authors for Christmas, and have finally got around to reading it.

This is a selection of essays based on the themes and questions AC Grayling tackles in his numerous newspaper columns. There is a real mixture of things in here, from religion to food, from Shakespeare to soap opera. The point though is to provoke thoughts; to provide a framework for considering the world and to perhaps see things in a different light.

It’s an easy read, but it does a great job of showing why philosophy (and the related discipline of critical thinking) is so relevant to the way we live our lives – and how our lives are enriched and our horizons stretched merely by taking some time to actually think about stuff. As Socrates said, the unexamined life is not worth living, and this book helps prompt perhaps a little more of that examination.

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