The Good Life

In a multicultural world, is there any way to tell right from wrong?

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What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

What's the price of putting a price on everything?

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Socrates: A Man for Our Times

A new look at the life of the Greek thinker whose questions proved fundamental to Western philosophy.

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The Googlization of Everything

A look at the company at the center of the Web, and the impact of its ubiquity on our lives.

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Examined Lives

Does philosophy help us to live well?

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Self Comes to Mind

In his latest work, the author of Descartes' Error reconsiders some of his prior thinking about the mind and the brain.

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The Berlin-Baghdad Express

The story of a German-Turkish railroad and Ottoman Empire's entry into World War I eerily foreshadows today's conflicts in the Middle East.

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Exploring Happiness

From the Stoics to the psychology lab, a quest to understand what makes us happy.

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Bomber County

Memoir, history, and personal journey, this book about poetry and the Second World War is a telling, poignant, and singular testament.

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The Philosophical Baby

Alison Gopnik pulls profound questions out of the minds of babes. Read more...

Tocqueville's Discovery of America

Retracing the young French thinker's steps, and thoughts, as he met a brave New World.

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Cro-Magnon

Cro-Magnon interlopers displaced the Neanderthals who once roamed over prehistoric Europe. What made them different?

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Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience

A. C. Grayling on the quest to find the seat of wisdom in the brain.

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Olympian Mind

The journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson reveal the committed, passionate writer at work.

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Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

A new work from a Nobel laureate may be the best account of how the global economy crashed -- and how it needs to be repaired. Read more...

When China Rules the World

An argument for the emerging dominance of the world's economy -- and culture -- by the most populous nation on the planet.

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Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos

A new history of astronomy illuminates the wonders of the skies, and the contributions of those explore them with eyes, telescopes, and radio waves. Read more...

Thucydides: the Reinvention of History

Why a chronicle of the struggle between two Mediterranean city-states still matters. Read more...

Ayn Rand and the World She Made

A visionary of human liberty or a self-serving cult mistress? The enigma of the author of The Fountainhead. Read more...

A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

The counterintuitive history of the arms race, and the men who ran it -- largely in the dark. Read more...

The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

A mind that leapt over the mysteries of physics, and a soul tormented by visions of failure. Read more...

The Philosophical Baby

A new book by Alison Gopnik pulls profound questions out of the minds of babes. Read more...

Fixing My Gaze

A. C. Grayling on a neuroscientist's attempt to "rewire her own brain." Read more...

Philosophical Page-Turners

Author Charlotte Greig writes in response to A.C. Grayling's column. Read more...

Modernity 1.0: Keith Thomas's The Ends of Life

A new study of 17th-century English values reveals the roots of the modern world. Read more...

Why Evolution Is True

Jerry Coyne's case for the centrality of evolutionary theory is also a wonderful introduction to the subject. Read more...

Sense and Sensibility

Philosopher A.C. Grayling debuts his new column The Thinking Read. Read more...

The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Revolution, and the Birth of America

The exuberantly inventive career of an Enlightenment genius. Read more...

The Ascent of Money

From clay tablets to credit default swaps. Read more...

William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner

A life of the great British legislator and crusader against the slave trade. Read more...

About the Columnist
A. C. Grayling is an author, playwright, reviewer, cultural journalist, and professor of philosophy at London University. The most recent of his many books are Towards the Light of Liberty and The Choice of Hercules. His play Grace was recently performed in New York City.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.