Professor AC Grayling

MA, DPhil (Oxon), FRSL, FRSA
Master of the College & Professor of Philosophy

AC Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, where he teaches for the philosophy degree, 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; among his most recent are “The Good Book”, “Ideas That Matter”, “Liberty in the Age of Terror” and “To Set Prometheus Free”. For several years he wrote the “Last Word” column for the Guardian newspaper and a column for the Times. He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. He writes the “Thinking Read” column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine.
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. 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 is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, the Patron of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association, a patron of Dignity in Dying, and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.
Anthony Grayling 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 has served as a Trustee of the London Library and a board member of the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2003 he was a Man Booker Prize judge, in 2010 was a judge of the Art Fund prize, and in 2011 the Wellcome Book Prize. He is the chairman of the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
He supports a number of charities including Plan UK, Greenpeace, Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International and Freedom from Torture. He is also a sponsor of Rogbonko School in Sierra Leone.
Anthony Grayling's latest books are “The God Argument” (March 2013) and “Friendship” (September 2013).

Anthony Grayling's new book, “The Challenge of Things” was published in March 2015.

Anthony often lectures on our university taster days, and visits schools as part of our outreach programme. If you'd like Anthony to visit your school, please let us know!

NCH was awarded “Best Course and Lecturers” at the prestigious WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2105, and ranked 4th overall in the “Best University” category, higher than any Russell Group university.

Modules Taught

Research Papers

  • Naturalistic Assumptions 
in Orenstein A et. al. (eds.) Essays on Quine Kluwer 2000
  • Ethics and Medical Ethics 
Zeman et. al. (eds.) Ethical Problems in Neurology 2000.
  • Berkeley's Argument for Immaterialism
 in ed. Winkler K. Cambridge Companion to Berkeley Cambridge University Press 2001
  • Wittgenstein on Scepticism and Certainty
 in Glock H. Essays on Wittgenstein Routledge 2001


Wittgenstein (Oxford, Past Masters 1988)

Berkeley: The Central Arguments
 (Duckworth, 1986)

The Refutation of Scepticism
 (Duckworth 1985)

with Susan Whitfield, China: A Literary Companion 
(John Murray 1993)

The Long March to the Fourth of June 
(with Xu You Yu, under the pseudonym Li Xiao Jun) (Duckworth, 1991)

Russell (Oxford, Past Masters 1995)

Philosophy 1: A Guide Through the Subject (ed.) (Oxford, 1995)

An Introduction to Philosophical Logic, 3rd ed, 
(Blackwell, 1997)

Moral Values 
(Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1998)

Philosophy 2: Further Through the Subject (as ed.) (Oxford, 1998)

The Quarrel of the Age: The life and Times of William Hazlitt (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2000)

The Meaning of Things (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001)

Herrick: Lyrics of Love and Desire (ed.) (Greville Press, 2003)

What is Good?
 (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2003)

The Mystery of Things
 (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2004)

The Heart of Things
 (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2005)

 (Simon and Schuster, 2005)

Among the Dead Cities
 (Bloomsbury, 2006)

with Naomi Goulder and Andrew Pyle, The Encyclopedia of British Philosophy (Thoemmes Continuum, 2006)

The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and Moral Culture 
(Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2007)

The Choice of Hercules
 (Weidenfeld, 2007)

The Form of Things
 (Weidenfled and Nicolson, 2007)

Against All Gods
 (Oberon, 2007)

Towards the Light
 (Bloomsbury, 2007)

To Set Prometheus Free: Religion, Reason and Humanity 
(Oberon, 2009)

Thinking of Answers: Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life 
(Bloomsbury, 2009)

Liberty in the Age of Terror : A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values (Bloomsbury, 2009)

Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide for the 21st Century
 (Weidenfeld, 2009)


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