The Form of Things: Essays of Life, Ideas and Liberty in the 21st Century

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Phoenix, Oct 3, 2007 - Philosophy - 243 pages
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'Grief and loneliness, depression, despair and failure - those things¿ are the common human lot at least at times in all our lives'. Yet it is philosophy which, while not providing an answer to these problems, can enable us to prepare for them, and create strategies with which to deal with them. It is only through reflecting upon the world around us, reading, thinking, questioning, enjoying, that we can inculcate understanding, tolerance and importantly the courage to live our lives. It is our responsibility to live such 'considered lives' and to realise that we are authors of a narrative that can be shaped and controlled.

This is the fifth in a series of essay miscellanies from our foremost philosopher A.C. Grayling, reflecting upon the form of our world and its multiplicity. The essays are grouped by theme into reflections upon life and the standards we live by, including vivid polemics and perceptive pieces on significant thinkers, contemporary rights and liberties issues. This book brilliantly articulates the philosophical debate and reflection that is needed to prepare us for life in the twenty-first century.

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Review: The Form of Things: Essays on Life, Ideas and Liberty in the 21st Century

User Review  - Rafael Garcia-navarro - Goodreads

Grayling is great at simplifying complex philosophical concepts... I read his whole collection, and they are great... also very applicable to day to day life... Read full review

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User Review  - Nat Chomcherngpat - Goodreads

This book is very entertaining. If you like suspense/thriller and a bit of horror, this is the book for you. It's very addictive too. It's the type of book that once you start, you don't want to put it down until you finish it. Read full review

Contents

Aiming for the good
3
The beautiful and the good
9
Funerals
20
Copyright

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A. C. Grayling teaches philosophy at the University of London, writes a weekly column for the Guardian, and frequently contributes to The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. He is the author of many philosophy books, including The Heart of Things; Life, Sex, and Ideas; Meditations for the Humanist; The Mystery of Things; and The Reason of Things.

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