The Good Book

Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human – from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life – A. C. Grayling has created a secular bible.


The Challenge of Things

The Challenge of Things collects Grayling’s most recent essays on the world in a time of war and conflict. By thinking through difficult topics in troubled times, Grayling examines the habits and prejudices of the mind that might otherwise trap us in a sterile cul-de-sac and opens up the possibility of more creative approaches.



  • A.C. Grayling Bibliography

    1. Introduction to Philosophical Logic 1982 3rd Ed 1998
    2. The Refutation of Scepticism 1985
    3. Berkeley: The Central Arguments 1986
    4. Wittgenstein 1988
    5. The Long March to the Fourth of June (with Xu Youyu) 1989
    6. China: A Literary Companion (ed with Susan Whitfield) 1994

    7. Philosophy: A Guide through the Subject [Introduction] (ed) 1995
    8. Philosophy: Further Through the Subject [Introduction] (ed) 1996

    9. Encyclopedia of British Philosophy (ed with N. Goulder an A. Pyle) 2006
    10. Russell 1996 [Preface]
    11. The Future of Moral Values 1997
    12. What Is Good? 2003
    13. The Quarrel of the Age 2000 [Introduction]
    14. The Art of Always Being Right 2004
    15. Descartes 2005
    16. The Choice of Hercules 2007
    17. The Meaning of Things 2001 [Introduction]
    18. The Reason of Things 2002
    19. The Form of Things 2006
    20. The Heart of Things 2005
    21. The Mystery of Things 2004
    22. Ideas That Matter 2009
    23. Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge 2008
    24. Truth Meaning and Realism 2007
    25. The Challenge of Things 2015
    26. Towards the Light 2007
    27. Among the Dead Cities 2006
    28. The Good Book 2011
    29. The God Argument 2013
    30. Liberty in the Age of Terror 2009
    31. Thinking of Answers 2010
    32. Herrick Lyrics of Love and Desire (ed)
    33. Humanism (ed with Andrew Copson) 2015
    34. The Age of Genius 2016
    35. Friendship 2013
    36. On Religion/Grace 2007
    37. Against All Gods 2007
    38. To Set Prometheus Free 2009
    39. War 2017
    40. Thinking of Things 2017
  • A Selection of papers by A.C. Grayling

    1. Berkeley's Argument for Immaterialism
      in ed. Winkler K. Cambridge Companion to Berkeley Cambridge University Press 2001. [view]
    2. Meaning, Mind and Method Wittgenstein: Centenary Essays
      (ed.) Philips-Griffiths CUP 1991.
    3. Epistemology and Realism
      Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 1991-2.
    4. Russell, Experience, and the Roots of Science
      The Cambridge Companion to Russell, ed. Nicholas Griffin, 2003 [view]
    5. Transcendental Arguments
      in (eds..)Dancy and Sosa Blackwell Companion to Epistemology Blackwell 1992.
    6. Perfect Speaker Theory
      in (eds..) Hill et. al., Studies in Reference and Meaning, Filosofia, 1995. [view]
    7. Concept Reference and Natural Kinds
      in Sense and Reference in (eds.) J.Biro et. al., Kluwer 1996.
    8. Understanding Realism
      Genoa 2001 [view]
    9. Epistemology The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy
      eds. N. Bunnin and E.James Blackwell 1996.
    10. Russell's Transcendental Argument in: On The Foundations of Geometry
      in(eds.) R. Monk and A. Palmer, Bertrand Russell and the Origins of Analytic Philosophy, Thoemmes, 1996 [view]
    11. The Argument to Knowledge and Knowledge of the Past
      Bradley Studies Vol.3 No 1 Spring 1997.
    12. Independence and Transcendence: The Independence Thesis and Realism
      Philosophical Studies XVI (Todai) 1998.
    13. Scepticism and Justification [view]
    14. Consciousness
      (with Adam Zeman & A. Cowley ) Journal of Neurophysiology 1999
    15. Naturalistic Assumptions
      in Orenstein A et. al. (eds.) Essays on Quine Kluwer 2000.
    16. Ethics and Medical Ethics
      Zeman et. al. (eds.) Ethical Problems in Neurology 2000.
    17. Wittgenstein on Scepticism and Certainty
      in Glock H. Essays on Wittgenstein Routledge 2001. [view]
  • Awards

    1. Winner of the Forkosch Literary Prize 2013
    2. Received the Bertrand Russell Award 2015
Books by AC Grayling
The Good StateOn the Principles of DemocracyOneworld, 2020
The History of PhilosophyAn authoritative history of philosophy covering both Western & Eastern traditionsViking, 2019
Democracy and Its CrisisThe failure of the best political system we have: democracyOneworld Publications, 2018
The Age of GeniusThe Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern MindBloomsbury, 2016
The Challenge of ThingsThinking Through Troubled TimesBloomsbury, 2015
The God ArgumentThe Case Against Religion and for HumanismBloomsbury, 2013
The Good BookA Secular BibleBloomsbury, 2013
Thinking of AnswersQuestions in the Philosophy
of Everyday Life
Bloomsbury, 2010
To Set Prometheus FreeReligion, Reason and HumanityOberon, 2009
Ideas That MatterA Personal Guide for the 21st CenturyWeidenfeld, April 2009
Liberty in the Age of TerrorIn Defence of Civil Society and the West's Enlightenment ValuesBloomsbury, June 2009
Truth, Meaning
and Realism
Essays in the Philosophy
of Thought
Continuum, June 2007
Towards The LightThe Story of the Struggles for Liberty and Rights that Made the Modern WestBloomsbury, Sep 2007
The Choice Of HerculesDuty, Pleasure and the Good Life in the 21st CenturyWeid. & Nic. 2007
Against All GodsSix Polemics on Religion and an Essay on KindnessOberon, Feb 2007