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Ideas of A.C. Grayling, by Text

[British, fl. 1999, St Anne's College, Oxford; Professor at Birkbeck, London. Newspaper column, popularising philosophy.]

1988 Wittgenstein
Ch.3 p.100 The argument from analogy is not a strong inference, since the other being might be an actor or a robot
1996 Russell
Ch.2 p.31 Russell needed three extra axioms to reduce maths to logic: infinity, choice and reducibility
Ch.2 p.42 Two propositions might seem self-evident, but contradict one another
2003 What is Good?
Ch.2 p.18 In an honour code shame is the supreme punishment, and revenge is a duty
Ch.4 p.77 To make an afterlife appealing, this life has to be denigrated
Ch.4 p.82 In Greek mythology only heroes can go to heaven
Ch.4 p.83 Religion gives answers, comforts, creates social order, and panders to superstition
Ch.5 p.124 Lucretius was rediscovered in 1417
Ch.8 p.206 If suicide is lawful, but assisting suicide is unlawful, powerless people are denied their rights
2006 Among the Dead Cities
Ch.6 p.212 War must also have a good chance of success, and be waged with moderation
Ch.6 p.215 It is legitimate to do harm if it is the unintended side-effect of an effort to achieve a good
2020 The Good State
1 p.22 Majority decisions are only acceptable if the minority interests are not vital
2 p.37 Liberty and equality cannot be reconciled
2 p.55 The very concept of democracy entails a need for justice
3 p.72 There should be separate legislative, executive and judicial institutions
4 p.101 A cap on time of service would restrict party control and career ambitions
6 p.137 Experience, sympathy and history are sensible grounds for laying claim to rights
Conc p.170 Politics is driven by power cliques
p.23 p.23 Democracies should require a supermajority for major questions
p.25 p.25 It is essential for democracy that voting is free and well informed