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- Publisher: Walker & Company
- Format: Hardback | 608 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 241mm x 49mm |
- Publication date: 29 March 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0802717373
- ISBN 13: 9780802717375
- Sales rank: 22,200
Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human - from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life - A.C. Grayling, Britain's most popular and widely read philosopher, has created a secular bible. Designed to be read as narrative and also to be dipped into for inspiration, encouragement and consolation, "The Good Book" offers a thoughtful, non-religious alternative to the many people who do not follow one of the world's great religions. Instead, going back to traditions older than Christianity, and far richer and more various, including the non-theistic philosophical and literary schools of the great civilisations of both West and East, from the Greek philosophy of classical antiquity and its contemporaneous Confucian, Mencian and Mohist schools in China, down through classical Rome, the flourishing of Indian and Arab worlds, the European Renaissance and Enlightenment, the worldwide scientific discoveries of the 19th and 20th centuries to the present, Grayling collects, edits, rearranges and organises the collective secular wisdom of the world in one highly readable volume. Contents of this title include: "Genesis"; "Proverbs"; "Histories"; "Songs"; "Wisdom Acts"; "The Lawgiver Lamentations"; "Concord Consolations"; "Sages"; and, "The Good Parables".
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A.C. Grayling is professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of the acclaimed "Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan," "Descartes: The Life and Times of a Genius," and "Toward the Light of Liberty: The Struggles for Freedom and Rights That Made the Modern Western World." A fellow of the World Economic Forum and past chairman of the human rights organization June Fourth, he contributes frequently to the "Times," "Financial Times," "Economist," "New Statesman," and Prospect. Grayling's play "Grace," co-written with Mick Gordon, has played to full houses in London and New York, starring Lynn Redgrave; its central debate over the virtue of religion gives Grayling a strong platform for "The Good Book." He lives in London.