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.



  • Published books by A.C. Grayling


    1. Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge
      Continuum forthcoming 2008
    2. Truth, Meaning And Realism
      Continuum 2007
    3. The Encyclopaedia of British Philosophy
      (as Chief Editor with Naomi Goulder and Andrew Pyle)
    4. The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and Moral Culture
      Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2007
    5. Descartes
      Simon and Schuster 2005
    6. Moral Values
      Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1998
    7. Philosophy 1: A Guide Through the Subject [Introduction] (as ed.) (Oxford) 1995
    8. Philosophy 2: Further Through the Subject [Introduction] (as ed.) (Oxford) 1998
    9. An Introduction to Philosophical Logic
      Blackwell 3rd ed. 1997
    10. Russell [Preface]
      (Oxford, Past Masters 1995)
    11. Wittgenstein
      Oxford, Past Masters 1988
    12. Berkeley: The Central Arguments
      Duckworth 1986; (2nd ed. forthcoming)
    13. The Refutation of Scepticism
      Duckworth 1985


    1. The Challenge of Things
      Bloomsbury, 2015
    2. The God Argument
      Bloomsbury, 2013
    3. The Good Book
      Bloomsbury, 2013
    4. Thinking of Answers: Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life
      Bloomsbury, 2009
    5. To Set Prometheus Free: Religion, Reason and Humanity
      Oberon, 2009
    6. Liberty in the Age of Terror : A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values
      Bloomsbury, June 2009
    7. Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide for the 21st Century
      Weidenfeld, April 2009
    8. The Choice of Hercules
      Weidenfeld, 2007
    9. The Form of Things
      Weidenfled and Nicolson 2007
    10. Against All Gods
      Oberon 2007
    11. Towards the Light
      Bloomsbury 2007
    12. Among the Dead Cities
      Bloomsbury 2006
    13. The Heart of Things
      Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2005
    14. The Mystery of Things
      Weidenfeld & Nicholson Feb 2004
    15. Herrick: Lyrics of Love and Desire
      (as editor)Greville Press 2003
    16. What is Good?
      Weidenfeld and Nicolson May 2003
    17. The Reason of Things
      Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2002 
    18. The Meaning of Things [Introduction]
      Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2001
    19. The Quarrel of the Age: The life and Times of William Hazlitt [Introduction]
      Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2000
    20. China: A Literary Companion
      with Susan Whitfield, John Murray 1993
    21. The Long March to the Fourth of June
      (with Xu You Yu, under the pseudonym Li Xiao Jun) Duckworth 1991
    22. 'On Religion' (in USA 'Grace')
      A play written by AC Grayling and Mick Gordon
  • 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]
Books by AC Grayling
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