Anthony Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, 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 was 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.
His latest books are "The God Argument" (March 2013), "Friendship" (September 2013) and "The Challenge of Things" (March 2015). Anthony Grayling's new book "The Age of Genius" was published in March 2016.
What to do about the referendum result? Prospect magazine article.
Progress in Troubled Times: Learning from “The Age of Genius”
What I Believe, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015
A Christian Nation? The full unedited Times article.
'The Good Book' Interview - New Humanist magazine
Michael Sandel and AC Grayling in conversation - Prospect magazine
Atheism, Secularism, Humanism: Three Zones of Argument
AC Grayling interviewed by Sam Harris
'Examined Lives' - a review by AC Grayling
On 'The God Argument' - audio interview
Bad Education, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015
Euphoria will fade, but hope springs eternal - The Independent
'Believers are away with the fairies' - The Telegraph
Spare a thought for philosophy - interview with AC Grayling - The Humanist
On 'The God Argument' - The Age
Humanism's faith in reason represents our best hope - The Guardian
How to defend the Enlightenment - a conversation with Tzvetan Todorov
AC Grayling on John Gray - New Humanist
The milk of humanist kindness - The Guardian
An essay on the life and work of Michel de Montaigne - radio broadcast
On growing up, discovering philosophy and the meaning of life - The Indepenent
AC Grayling on Desert Island Discs - radio broadcast
A.C. Grayling on Wikipedia
'The act of killing from 20,000 feet'
On 'The Form of Things' - The Australian
'This much I know' - The Guardian
On contemporary dance - Timeout
ABC Radio interview about 'The Choice of Hercules'
'The empty name of God' - New Statesman Debate: The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion
'Darwin, Humanism and Science' - A lecture on youtube
'Faith’s last gasp' - Prospect magazine
In defense of human free will - Guardian's Science Weekly podcast
A.C. Grayling in Australia - The Last Tavern
'The Meaning of Life' - The Freethinker interview
Religion in its 'death throes' - ABC Australia
'Origin of the Specious' - New Humanist
Russell's Theory of Descriptions - Philosophy Bites podcast
Is religion a force for good? - Guardian podcast
Five Minutes With: AC Grayling - BBC video interview
Tackling 'The Good Book'- The Sydney Morning Herald
The 'New Atheists' are responding, not attacking - New Humanist
Pressing Questions for our Century - Edge
AC Grayling's Top 5 Non-Religious Books - Slate
A. C. Grayling recommends the best books on Being Good
Book review: The Googlization of Everything
A biography on Montaigne - Prospect magazine
Book Review: 'On Evil' by Terry Eagleton - New Humanist