A.C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over 20 books on philosophy and other subjects including, most recently, The Good Book, Ideas That Matter and Liberty in the Age of Terror. He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement and New Statesman, and a frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. In addition he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the Aristotelian Society. He is a past chairman of June Fourth, a human rights group concerned with China, and is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council for the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, 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 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2003 he was a Booker Prize judge, in 2010 was a judge of the Art Fund prize, and in 2011 the Wellcome Book Prize. He supports a number of educational charities and is a sponsor of Rogbonko School in Sierra Leone.+ More details
Valerio Pocar e A. C. Grayling - "Pensare ed agire in un mondo senza Dio". Moderatore Andrew Compson. Tema trattato da Valerio Pocar "Libertà di espressione e di ricerca". Tema trattato da A. C. Grayling "Un’educazione liberale ". Conferenza tenutasi al Palazzo Ducale presso la sala del Maggior Consiglio a Genova il 7 maggio 2011 nell'ambito del convegno internazionale sulle concezioni etiche non confessionali "In un mondo senza Dio – In a Godless world", coorganizzato dall'UAAR e dalla Federazione Umanista Europea e svoltosi a Genova dal 5 all'8 maggio 2011.+ More details
In this month’s podcast, Todd Stiefel’s co-host is Kim Ellington. Together they interview A. C. Grayling, the author of "The God Argument – The Case Against Religion and For Humanism." Kim Ellington, co-host Kim is a secular activist and lifelong atheist originally from New Hampshire. She now lives in North Carolina working to separate church and state. She is in her second year as a board member of the Triangle Freethought Society and has been a member for about four years. She is also on the board of Camp Quest South Carolina, a member of the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and a mother of an 8-year-old daughter. The work she does in the freethought and civil rights movement is to make the world a more reasonable place for her daughter and all future generations. A. C. Grayling Professor Anthony Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects. His newest book is The God Argument – The Case Against Religion and For Humanism. He publishes under the name A. C. Grayling. The God ArgumentCo-hosts Todd Stiefel and Kim Ellington talk to A. C. about his new book, which takes a look at the kinds of reasons someone would have for not holding a religious commitment in the first half and the arguments in favor of humanism in the second half. Grayling describes a humanist in several ways during the interview, including those who think that our ethical outlook has to be premised on our best understanding of human experience. “Fundamentally, humanism is not a doctrine,” Grayling says. “It’s not a set of prescriptions or instructions about how to live. Rather, it’s an attitude. And the attitude is, we have to think for ourselves; we’ve got to take responsibility for ourselves, and in taking that responsibility we have to think how relate to, to care for, be good neighbors to our fellows in the human story,” adding, “Generous really is the word, generous and kind.” He also outlines his reasons why we should not see The Golden Rule as ideal.”We can’t, each of us, think that we’re the standard or the benchmark for what tastes, interests and desires other people have,” Grayling points out. “We have to allow them to make those choices, of course within negotiated limits about the parameters of communal living, but in a way that really does allow people to make meaning in their lives because that’s where meaning comes from.” For more information on this or other episodes of The Humanist Hour, visit thehumanisthour.org+ More details
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