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A.C. Grayling: The Origins and Future of Humanism
‘Humanism is the philosophy that you should be a good guest at the dinner table of life.’
In recent years, the eminent British philosopher A.C. Grayling has been a respectful and emphatic voice within the New Atheist movement. During his distinguished career, he’s celebrated ideals of human rationality and progress, arguing for humanism as a powerful, practical alternative to religion. The author of more than 30 books, including What Is Good?, The God Argument and The Age of Genius, Grayling has articulated these values with academic rigour and eloquence.
In this talk, Grayling defines humanism and outlines its roots in the philosophy of classical antiquity. He’ll make a case for a universal ethics – one that honours human individuality, freedom and dignity – that can overcome the shortcomings and restrictions of organised religion.
Part lecture, part discussion (with Krystal Evans) – spend an hour with this exceptional philosopher for an invigorating perspective on what it means to be human, and humanist.
A.C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy at and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. Among his recent books are Towards the Light: The Story of the Struggle for Liberty and Rights that Made the Modern West, Liberty in the Age of Terror, The Good Book: A Secular Bible and The God Argument.
Dr Krystal Evans is a medical research scientist whose work focuses on the development of a new malaria vaccine.