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A distinctive voice somewhere between Mark Twain and Michel Montaigne is how Psychology Today described A.C Grayling In Life, Sex, and Ideas The Good Life Without God, readers have the pleasure of hearing this distinctive voice address some of the most serious topics in philosophy and in our daily lives including reflections on guns, anger, conflict, war monsters, A distinctive voice somewhere between Mark Twain and Michel Montaigne is how Psychology Today described A.C Grayling In Life, Sex, and Ideas The Good Life Without God, readers have the pleasure of hearing this distinctive voice address some of the most serious topics in philosophy and in our daily lives including reflections on guns, anger, conflict, war monsters, madness, decay liberty, justice, utopia suicide, loss, and remembrance A civilized society, says Grayling, is one which never ceases having a discussion with itself about what human life should best be In this book, Grayling adds to this discussion a series of short informal essays about ethics, ideas, and culture A recurring theme is religion, of which he writes there is no greater social evil He argues, for instance, that liberal education is better than religion for inculcating moral values Education in literature, history, and appreciation of the arts, he says, opens the possibility for us to live reflectively and knowledgeably, especially about the nature and variety of human experience That in turn increases our capacity for understanding others better, so that we can treat them with respect and sympathy, however different their outlook on life Thought provoking rather than definitive, these essays don t tell readers what to think, but only note what has been thought about how it is best to live A person who does not think about life, the author reminds us, is like a stranger mapless in a foreign land These brief and suggestive essays offer us the outlines of a map, with avenues of thought that are a pleasure to wander down.


  • Title: Life, Sex and Ideas: The Good Life Without God
  • Author: A.C. Grayling
  • ISBN: 9780195177558
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

A.C. Grayling

Anthony Clifford A C Grayling is a British philosopher In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London Until June 2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he taught from 1991 He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne s College, Oxford.He is a director and contributor at Prospect Magazine, as well as a Vice President of the British Humanist Association His main academic interests lie in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophical logic He has described himself as a man of the left and is associated in Britain with the new atheism movement, and is sometimes described as the Fifth Horseman of New Atheism He appears in the British media discussing philosophy.



Comments Life, Sex and Ideas: The Good Life Without God

  • Caroline

    At college I was taught that philosophy is a discipline of ideas mashed out by great minds in academic institutions. These ideas eventually percolate down into general society and become part of our stockpile of 'common sense' attitudes.For me that was the problem with this book. The book was published in 2003. Grayling has pretty liberal ideas. I have pretty liberal ideas. And nearly everything I read in this book has already percolated down into the circles I move in. So reading most of the es [...]


  • Ryan Schiller

    I found this book to be refreshing in that it tackled more prosaic aspects of life rather than the lofty, more abstract and theoretical topics covered in a book by say Dawkins or Hitchens. Well worth the time overall, although Grayling's style is a bit more languid than the aforementioned Dawkins, and especially Hitchens. More commentary than combat.


  • Kent

    This is an excellent collection of short essays by Grayling. It is filled with many thoughts on morals, values, and experiences that don't try to get you to agree with them, but rather make you reflect and form your own thoughts. As a Humanist, I found it very cathartic and thought-provoking, though you need not be a Humanist to enjoy this book.


  • Roshio

    Probably would have enjoyed it more if i wasn't forced to read it. Found him a bit judgemental and could also be repetitive. But interesting points did come up quite a few times in his essays.


  • Jayne

    Words for a tired soul. A book you want to dip in and out of. It gets a key spot on my shelf.


  • Eric Hollister

    I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, which I found in a clearance rack (some of the best books are found there!). I think the title is a bit misleading, as in this collections of essays there are very few that relate to sex or a life without God (although in a few he does not have kind words to say about religion, but he does support his arguments quite well, I think). I really enjoyed his defense of liberal education in the second essay, and I found a majority of the essays tho [...]


  • Juta

    I read this slowly over a month and really enjoyed it. Only a few essays were of little interest to me, basically they skipped over my head due to my lack of a classical education.Grayling is by no means a strident voice for atheism, many essays didn't touch on either religion or the lack of. I wished a lot of them were longer, they just seemed to get started and arouse my interest when they were over. I will be on the look out for more of his writing as I like the way he makes me think, and som [...]


  • Erickson

    Quite broad, general and insightful. The writing feels as if the author is rambling nonsense at times and serious at other times, though it may be his technique in prompting the readers to conjure counterarguments or new ideas to support or disagree with whatever he writes. But precisely because of this that the honesty and straightforwardness of his writing is quite interesting and they make the book both a book for contemplation and leisure.


  • Amos

    3 1/2 stars to this little thought provoking book filled with 3-4 pages essay's on a wide range of philosophical topics. The author never claims to have all of the answers- instead posing questions and theory's to be reflected and meditated upon later. Good stuff.


  • Lynley

    Although I agree in general on almost all of Grayling's points, I did find myself disagreeing on minor issues throughout.I suppose the day I agree 100% with anyone is the day I've stopped thinking for myself.


  • Liz

    Much like The Meaning of Things, these are short essays that are interesting and easygoing, but still stimulating if you're after something to ponder.


  • Nicole Labry

    Ok, ok, I'm guilty of reading more than one book at a time. But this one is so easy to pick up just for a moment. It's comprised of very short (3 page average) essays about everything. I love it!


  • Maria Stevens

    Collection of short philosophical musings. Pleasantly thought-provoking.


  • Grace C

    A marvellous collection of short essays on things that matter the most to mankind: love, morality, religion, freedom and politics among other prominent topics. Elegantly written.


  • Roger

    A.C. Grayling, along with Roger Scruton, are probably the best-known English philosophers of the current day, primarily due to their willingness to engage with the mainstream, via mass media and trade publishing. The Reason of Things is a compilation of Grayling's articles and book reviews for various English newspapers. These essays are grouped into various themed sections. Most of them are only a couple of pages long, and thus are not in-depth views of the problems discussed. For me, this was [...]


  • Rory Sheridan

    I found this book to be incredibly boring. I stopped about one-third through. I think this author's thoughts and opinions are under-developed. He pulls information partly from theoretical thought, partly from opinion and declares it as factual analysis. He spends an awful lot of time quoting and referencing works from "elitist culture" (as he calls it) while delving very little into actual philosophy about anything. It started to appear like it was written by a grumpy, cynical British man that l [...]


  • Malola

    Nice short essaies.I think I rather more explaining on topics, but Grayling is a good author.


  • Ellie Maas

    Inspiring for essay/educational purposes regarding writing


  • LJ

    I hope my rating doesn't push any of you awayI loved this book. But I loved it even more the first time I read it, when it was called The Meaning of Things. Being a follower of Grayling's, I've read many of his previous titles ( see here). I was disappointed in this text, as it feels to repeat the same ideas as many of Grayling's work. This book is a collection of essays that seem to condense ancient and recent philosopher's (including Grayling's) ideas on different aspects of life; for example, [...]


  • Rebecca

    This book is a collection of essays by Grayling, a journalist, philosopher, and writer who's known for his secular humanist values. The essays cover a wide range of interesting topics, including meat, evil, luxury, games, marriage, teachers, voting, anger, guns, suicide, monsters, madness, and clones. Grayling has a knack for achieving a skillful balance between extremes -- he writes confidently, but is not under the delusion that his opinion is the final word on anything; he is not afraid to de [...]


  • Robert

    I won't review the actual content of the book, as far as what I thought of the validity of what the author wrote, as I feel it would take away from what I liked about this book and is really a decision left to the reader.While the author feels that religion is not a good thing, this is not a book saying, "You should be an atheist and here's why:", but rather a book of essays about various issues with points made that I found agreeable, and those I did not, some even in the same essay. This book [...]


  • Laura Santoski

    This book is formatted as a collection of very short (mostly 2-page) essays that were previously published by Grayling in a newspaper. Although the short essays might be interesting in a newspaper format, I didn't find it conducive to the book format - the essays were not long enough to adequately explore or present anything new about their topics.Furthermore, I found Grayling's tone extremely aggravating. I am not religious, so I wasn't offended by his frequent religion-bashing, but he had an a [...]


  • Curtis

    The latin quote in the front was enough to make this book buyable. This book is one of the best modern philosophy works I've ever read. Even if I didn't agree with his view (which was rare), I fully agreed with his reasoning and research. His views on sexuality (the repression of knowledge and creation of a sexually taboo society is what causes overpopulation and disease) are exactly what I believe and have been fighting for a long time. EVERYBODY should at least take a look at a chapter or two, [...]


  • Kelly

    I read this book over about 6 months (and essay or two a day) and found that this collection of essays, ranging on topics from grief to philosophy to war to relationships, was a very interesting, enlightening, and thought-provoking collection of works. The author, a skillful writer and a bit of a name-dropper, even wrote an essay on the virtue and history of essays, which made me want to read more essays.The title is terribly misleadingere are only a handful of references to a life without God a [...]


  • Kajah

    One of the first philosophy titles I've ever bought and read, this is a collection of essays about every aspect of life by the noted thinker A.C. Grayling. While Grayling's orientation is that of a atheistic humanist, he is, more importantly, a compelling essayist whose ideas are presented in a conversational and highly erudite tone and style. Grayling covers everything from literary criticism to abortions, and always keeps the attention while enriching your understanding of a subject in a fairl [...]


  • Joshua

    While not necessarily an authoritative take on anything at all, this was still a provocative book. If you like off-the-wall essays about the human condition, emotions, psychology, civilization, literacy, ethics, sex, education, and many other topics, most of which are very quick reads, then this is a good book for you. One other item of note: I had to keep a dictionary nearby and had to look up, it seems, about a word per page. So, if anything, reading this book may increase your vocabulary and [...]


  • Arnoud Visser

    This book is a collection of newspaper columns with the thoughts of a philosopher. Fine. But than I expect some deep insights and some food for thought. Grayling is well read and knows his history, but he poses some his political opinions without the strong reasoning I would expect from a philosopher. Only with his last story, about his own youth in Africa, with a library in the heat of the day, Grayling finally touched me.


  • Algernon

    Grayling is a popular (and rigorous) philosopher from the UK, whose books of short, offbeat, and thoughtful essays on popular culture are popular. This was my first visit with Grayling and I found the book of uneven interest, with atheism too often worn like a chip on the shoulder. I agree with the premise that one can find solace, joy, and a moral compass without a monotheistic figure. What I have little use for is a defensive atheism that resents and too often misconstrues religion.


  • JFN

    Good ideas, but the writing was too bald and spare for my liking. These essays have a brittleness about them that doesn't hold my attention, which is a shame considering the subject matter falls squarely in my wheelhouse.


  • Timothy Rowe

    For a philosopher, Grayling's logic gets very sloppy at times, and as others have noted he tends to be rather judgemental and closed-minded. The essays are interesting to read, but more as a prompt to work out why I disagree with him than to learn anything.


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