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A.C. Grayling: The Origins and Future of Humanism


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‘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 will define humanism and outline 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 – spend an evening with this exceptional philosopher for an invigorating perspective on what it means to be human, and humanist.



A.C. Grayling

A. C. Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Founder and Principal of New College of the Humanities at Northeastern University, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography... Read more

Krystal Evans

Dr Krystal Evans is a medical research scientist whose work focuses on the development of a new malaria vaccine. She sees communication and outreach as an essential part of being a research scientist and is a regular panel member on the Melbourne community radio station 3RRRFM weekly science show Ei... Read more


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