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    This new edition keeps the same successful format, with each chapter providing a self-contained introduction to the topic it discusses, rewritten to include ...
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    Q & a
    The Philosophers' Magazine 46 (46): 114-115. 2009.
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    Interview - A. C. Grayling
    The Philosophers' Magazine 40 (40): 42-43. 2008.
    AC Grayling is Britain’s leading popular philosopher. A professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, he has written over 20 books, ranging from academic monographs such as Truth, Meaning and Realism to more accessible works such as What is Good? and The Mystery of Things. His most recent books are Towards The Light and The Choice of Hercules
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    Truth, Meaning and Realism
    Continuum. 2007.
    The ten essays gathered together in this book treat of truth, meaning, realism, natural kind terms, and related topics. Almost all began life as invited contributions to conferences. From the Preface we learn that Grayling, in contrast to those colleagues whose perfectionism leads them to publish too little, preferred to ‘venture ideas as if they were letters to friends’. The style could hardly be called epistolary, however; a high level of generality is maintained throughout, and there is much …Read more
  •  47
    Realism
    Cogito 1 (1): 25-27. 1987.
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    Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction
    Oxford University Press. 1988.
    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 reader 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 co…Read more
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    Contemporary theories of consciousness
    with Adam Z. J. Zeman and Alan Cowey
    Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 62 549-552. 1997.
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    Wittgenstein's Influence: Meaning, Mind and Method: A. C. Grayling
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 28 61-78. 1990.
    In the first and shorter part of this essay I comment on Wittgenstein's general influence on the practice of philosophy since his time. In the second and much longer part I discuss aspects of his work which have had a more particular influence, chiefly on debates about meaning and mind. The aspects in question are Wittgenstein's views about rule-following and private language. This second part is more technical than the first.
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    A cultural possession
    The Philosophers' Magazine 38 52-55. 2007.
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    A man for all reasons
    The Philosophers' Magazine 26 28-30. 2004.
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    The Argument to Knowledge and Knowledge of the Past
    Bradley Studies 3 (1): 25-36. 1997.
    We have learned to be suspicious of the claim that a serious account of knowledge must begin at the Cartesian starting point, that is, with private data of consciousness serving as a basis for outward inferences to the world, these inferences proceeding on the security of one or another kind of epistemic collateral ranging from the goodness of a deity to the bruteness of the given. But the good reasons we have for dismissing the egocentric predicament as our motive for epistemology are not good …Read more
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    14 Russell, Experience, and the Roots of Science
    In Nicholas Griffin (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell, Cambridge University Press. pp. 449. 2003.
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    In this series of studies A. C. Grayling looks at approaches the problem of how sceptical challenges can be met.
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    Epistemology and Realism
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92. 1992.
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    Berkeley's argument for immaterialism
    In Kenneth Winkler (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Berkeley, Cambridge University Press. pp. 166--189. 2005.
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    Interview - A. C. Grayling
    The Philosophers' Magazine 40 42-43. 2008.
    AC Grayling is Britain’s leading popular philosopher. A professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, he has written over 20 books, ranging from academic monographs such as Truth, Meaning and Realism to more accessible works such as What is Good? and The Mystery of Things. His most recent books are Towards The Light and The Choice of Hercules.
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    Ensino
    Critica -. 2005.
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    Critiques of theistic arguments
    In Stephen Bullivant & Michael Ruse (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Atheism, Oxford University Press. pp. 38. 2013.
    Within the history of western philosophy, there have been a number of classic ways of arguing for the existence of God. The most important of these are the teleological argument, the ontological argument, the cosmological argument, the moral argument, and a loose family of pragmatic considerations affirming the prudence or desirability of theistic belief. Demonstrating the weaknesses of these approaches is crucial for establishing the ‘negative’ case for atheism. This essay begins by defining wh…Read more
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    Russell: A Very Short Introduction
    Oxford University Press. 2002.
    Bertrand Russell is one of the most famous and important philosophers of the twentieth century. In this account of his life and work A. C. Grayling introduces both his technical contributions to logic and philosophy, and his wide-ranging views on education, politics, war, and sexual morality.
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    Naturalistic Assumptions
    In A. Orenstein & Petr Kotatko (eds.), Knowledge, Language and Logic: Questions for Quine, Kluwer Academic Print On Demand. pp. 47--56. 2000.
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    Concept-Reference and Kinds
    In Petr Kotatko & John Biro (eds.), Frege: Sense and Reference One Hundred Years Later, Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 75--93. 1995.
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    Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 1995.
    This comprehensive new collection is designed as a complete introduction to philosophy for students and general readers. Consisting of eleven extended essays, specially commissioned for this volume from leading philosophers, the book surveys all of the major areas of philosophy and offers an accessible but sophisticated guide to the main debates. An extended introduction provides general context and explains how the different subjects are related. The first part of the book deals with the founda…Read more
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    Truth, Meaning and Realism
    Analysis 69 (1): 169-171. 2009.
    The ten essays gathered together in this book treat of truth, meaning, realism, natural kind terms, and related topics. Almost all began life as invited contributions to conferences. From the Preface we learn that Grayling, in contrast to those colleagues whose perfectionism leads them to publish too little, preferred to ‘venture ideas as if they were letters to friends’. The style could hardly be called epistolary, however; a high level of generality is maintained throughout, and there is much …Read more
  •  9
    III—Epistemology and Realism
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92 (1): 47-66. 1992.
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    Toward Peace
    Ethics and International Affairs 34 (1): 77-84. 2020.
    As part of the roundtable “World Peace,” this essay argues that an ideal state of peace might not be attainable, but a positive form of peace could be achieved on a global scale if states and peoples made a serious investment—comparable to their investment in military expenditure—in promoting the kind of mutual cultural understanding that reduces tensions and divisions and fosters cooperation. Peacemaking usually focuses on diplomatic and military détente; the argument in this essay is that thes…Read more
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    Neurophilosophy
    The Philosophers' Magazine 50 54-55. 2010.
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    A man for all reasons
    The Philosophers' Magazine 26 28-30. 2004.
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    Philosophy 1: A Guide Through the Subject (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 1998.
    This is the best general book on philosophy for university students: not just an introduction, but a guide which will serve them throughout their studies. It comprises specially commissioned explanatory surveys of the main areas of philosophy, written by thirteen leading philosophers.