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    • Wittgenstein

    • A Very Short Introduction
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Kyle Munley
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was an extraordinarily original thinker, whose influence on twentieth-century thinking far outside the bounds of philosophy alone. In this engaging introduction, A.C. Grayling makes Wittgenstein's thought accessible to the general listener by explaining the nature and impact of Wittgenstein's views. He describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's continuing influence on contemporary thought.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lively narration

    • By Pedr on 06-25-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The God Argument

    • The Case Against Religion and for Humanism
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: William Roberts
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 153
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    What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief - all of them - right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cogently stated arguments for Humanism

    • By Eric Walton on 03-19-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Good Book

    • A Humanist Bible
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 104
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 72

    Few, if any, thinkers and writers today would have the imagination, the breadth of knowledge, and the literary skill to conceive of a powerful secular alternative to the Bible. But that is exactly what A. C. Grayling has done, creating a nonreligious bible drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions, using the same techniques of editing, redaction, and adaptation that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Morality 2.0

    • By Zack on 06-30-11

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Age of Genius

    • The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 34
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    The Age of Genius explores the eventful intertwining of outward event and inner intellectual life to tell, in all its richness and depth, the story of the 17th century in Europe. It was a time of creativity unparalleled in history before or since, from science to the arts, from philosophy to politics. Acclaimed philosopher and historian A. C. Grayling points to three primary factors that led to the rise of vernacular (popular) languages in philosophy, theology, science, and literature.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Today is a function of the 17th century

    • By Gary on 10-22-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Meaning of Things

    • By: A.C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: A.C. Grayling
    • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
    • Abridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    Thinking about life, what it means and what it holds in store does not have to be a despondent experience, but rather can be enlightening and uplifting. A life truly worth living is one that is informed and considered so a degree of philosophical insight into the inevitabilities of the human condition is inherently important and such an approach will help us to deal with real personal dilemmas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Makes you feel smarter, braver and more humane

    • By Jamie Milton Freestone on 03-17-13

    Regular price: $9.69

    • Democracy and Its Crisis

    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    First he considers moments in history - Periclean Athens, the English Civil War, the American and French Revolutions, among them - in which the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions, however imperfect, were found. Then he lays bare the specific problems of democracy in the 21st century and maps out a set of urgently needed reforms. With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, says Grayling, if a civilised society that looks after all its people is to flourish.

    Regular price: $16.35

    • Thinking of Answers

    • Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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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 beholder, would that make it an unimportant quality? Are human rights political? And more.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Challenge of Things

    • Thinking Through Troubled Times
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 9
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    The Challenge of Things joins earlier collections like The Reason of Things and Thinking of Answers but this time to collect Grayling's recent writings on the world in a time of war and conflict. In describing and exposing the dark side of things, he also explores ways out of the habits and prejudices of mind that would otherwise trap us forever in the deadly impasses of conflicts of all kinds.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Good Book

    • A Humanist Bible
    • By: A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Few, if any, thinkers and writers today would have the imagination, the breadth of knowledge, and the literary skill to conceive of a powerful secular alternative to the Bible. But that is exactly what A. C. Grayling has done, creating a nonreligious bible drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions, using the same techniques of editing, redaction, and adaptation that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Refreshing & Brilliant

    • By Arthur Pendragon on 03-05-16

    Regular price: $32.71