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This is an auction for THE HEART OF THINGS: APPLYING PHILOSOPHY TO THE 21st CENTURY, by A C Grayling.

"The cause of the emptiness and dissatisfaction plaguing Westerners, British philosophy professor Grayling laments, is a lack of thoughtful reflection, something he aims to correct with these brief essays, presented so as to gently nudge readers into pursuing the philosophical discourse that Grayling promises will fulfil them. Touching on topics like money, marriage, infidelity, jurisprudence, as well as large ideas like the relationship between art, society and civilization, Grayling summarizes the arguments of great thinkers and provides contemporary examples - such as the current obesity epidemic as it relates to self-restraint and the patronizing attitude of the United States toward less powerful countries in his treatise on empire - in discussing his themes. This collection is suitable for readers beginning to explore philosophy and will pique their interest in the great thinkers and texts referenced throughout."
- Publishers Weekly (US) review:

"Everyone wishes to live a life that is satisfying and fulfilling, in which there is achievement, pleasure, and respect. One of the fundamentals to living such a life is to reflect on the choices we make. In this collection, A C Grayling invites the reader into a conversation with ideas. From personal questions about happiness and the quality of life to wider public concerns such as war and democracy, these essays provide a springboard to thought and the exploration of what is best about the human heart and mind."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anthony Grayling teaches philosophy at Birkbeck College, London and is a Fellow of St Anne's, Oxford.

Paperback 2006.

275 pages.

Very good condition.

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