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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Book Review: The Meaning of Things - A. C. Grayling

Title: The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life
Author: A. C. Grayling
Publisher: Phoenix 2002
ISBN: 0-75381-359-9

I've recently finished reading this book and thought I'd give a brief review to let others know about such an interesting read:

Grayling has presented an eclectic yet related set of important topics in an easy to read and reference form. He ranges from "Virtues and Attributes", "Foes and Fallacies" and "Amenities and Goods". Grayling covers topics under "Virtues and Attributes" such as moralising, tolerance, civility, love and happiness. Under "Foes and Fallacies he covers such topical subjects as nationalism, racism, hate, revenge, faith, poverty and capitalism. Grayling finally ends the book by discussing points on reason, education, ambition, health, reading, memory, history and family under the heading of "Amenities and Goods".

Grayling has approached the subject drawing from and citing many sources while still providing his own take on these matters. Grayling is opinionated (in a positive sense) and writes with a liveliness and wit that makes what he's saying spring from the page. Well worth the read if only to get you thinking on the subjects he's presented.