Anthony C. Grayling

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Grayling, Anthony C. (3 April 1949 - )

A British philosopher, Grayling was born in Luanshya, Zambia, and grew up in East Africa.

At Oxford, he earned his MA and DPhil. He currently is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford.

Grayling has written and edited many books on philosophy and other subjects. Among his most recent are a biography of William Hazlitt and a collection of essays. For several years he wrote the "Last Word" column for the Guardian and is a regular reviewer for the Literary Review and the Financial Times. He also often writes for the Observer, Economist, Times Literary Supplement, Independent on Sunday and New Statesman, and is a frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service.

He is the Editor of Online Review London, Contributing Editor of Prospect. In addition he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British Philosophical Association, the Aristotelian Society.

Graylinge is a past chairman of June Fourth, a human rights group concerned with China, and has been involved in UN human rights initiative.

Grayling is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2003 was a Booker Prize judge.

A prominent and outspoken atheist, he was named an honorary associate of the Rationalist Press Association in 2001.



An Introduction to Philosophical Logic (Blackwell 3rd ed. 1997)
The Refutation of Scepticism (Duckworth 1985)
Berkeley: The Central Arguments (Duckworth 1986)
Wittgenstein (Oxford, Past Masters 1988)
Russell [Preface] (Oxford, Past Masters 1995)
Philosophy 1: A Guide Through the Subject
[Introduction, as editor) (Oxford 1995)
Philosophy 2: Further Through the Subject
[Introduction, as editor) (Oxford 1998)
Moral Values (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1998)
Descartes (Simon and Schuster 2005)
The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and Moral Culture (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2007)
The Encyclopaedia of British Philosophy
(as Chief Editor with Naomi Goulder and Andrew Pyle)
Truth, Meaning And Realism (Continuum 2007)
Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge (Continuum forthcoming 2008)


The Long March to the Fourth of June with Xu You Yu, under the pseudonym Li Xiao Jun
(Duckworth 1991)
China: A Literary Companion with Susan Whitfield (John Murray 1993)
The Quarrel of the Age: The life and Times of William Hazlitt [Introduction]
(Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2000)
The Meaning of Things [Introduction] (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2001)
The Reason of Things (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2002)
What is Good? (Weidenfeld and Nicolson May 2003)
Herrick: Lyrics of Love and Desire as editor (Greville Press 2003)
The Mystery of Things (Weidenfeld & Nicholson Feb 2004)
The Heart of Things (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2005)
Among the Dead Cities (Bloomsbury 2006)
Towards the Light (Bloomsbury 2007)
Against All Gods (Oberon 2007)
The Form of Things (Weidenfled and Nicolson 2007)


On Religion (in USA: Grace) A play written with Mick Gordon