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. An Introduction to Philosophical Logic (1982).
      ISBN 0-389-20299-1
    2. The Refutation of Scepticism (1985).
      ISBN 0-7156-1922-5
    3. Berkeley: The Central Arguments (1986).
      ISBN 0-7156-2065-7
    4. Wittgenstein (1988).
      ISBN 0-19-287676-7
    5. The Long March to the Fourth of June (1989) with Xu Youyu as Li Xiao
      ISBN 9780715623329
    6. China: A Literary Companion (1994) with Susan Whitfield
      ISBN 0-7195-5353-9 (ed)
    7. Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject (1995).
      ISBN 0-19-875156-7
    8. Russell (1996).
      ISBN 0-19-287683-X
    9. The Future of Moral Values (1997).
      ISBN 0-297-81973-9
    10. Philosophy 2: Further Through the Subject (1998).
      ISBN 0-19-875179-6, ed.
    11. The Quarrel of the Age: The Life and Times of William Hazlitt (2000).
      ISBN 0-297-64322-3
    12. The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life (2001).
      ISBN 0-297-60758-8 published in the US as Meditations for the Humanist: Ethics for a Secular Age.
    13. The Reason of Things: Living with Philosophy (2002).
      ISBN 0-297-82935-1 published in the US as Life, Sex, and Ideas: The Good Life Without God.
    14. Russell: A Very Short Introduction (2002).
      ISBN 0192802585
    15. What Is Good?: The Search for the Best Way to Live (2003).
      ISBN 0-297-84132-7
    16. The Mystery of Things (2004).
      ISBN 0-297-64559-5
    17. The Art of Always Being Right (2004).
      ISBN 1-903933-61-7 [Edited T. Bailey Saunders' translation of Schopenhauer's essay The Art of Being Right]
    18. Descartes: The Life of René Descartes and Its Place in His Times(2005).
      ISBN 0-7432-3147-3
    19. The Heart of Things: Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century (2005).
      ISBN 0-297-84819-4
    20. The Form of Things: Essays on Life, Ideas and Liberty in the 21st Century (2006).
      ISBN 0-297-85167-5
    21. The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy (2006),
      ISBN 1-84371-141-9 with Andrew Pyle and Naomi Goulder (eds).
    22. Among the Dead Cities: Was the Allied Bombing of Civilians in WWII a Necessity or a Crime? (2006).
      ISBN 0-7475-7671-8
    23. On Religion (2007) with Mick Gordon.
    24. Against All Gods: Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness (2007).
      ISBN 978-1-84002-728-0
    25. Truth, Meaning and Realism: Essays in the Philosophy of Thought(2007).
      ISBN 978-0-8264-9748-2
    26. Towards The Light (2007).
      ISBN 978-0-8027-1636-1 published in the US as Towards the Light of Liberty.
    27. The Choice of Hercules (2007).
    28. Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge (2008).
    29. Ideas That Matter: A Personal Guide for the 21st Century (2009).
      ISBN 978-0-297-85676-4
    30. Liberty in the Age of Terror : A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values (2009).
    31. To Set Prometheus Free: Essays on Religion, Reason and Humanity(2009).
      ISBN 978-1-84002-962-8
    32. Thinking of Answers: Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life(2010).
      ISBN 978-1-4088-0598-5
    33. The Good Book (2011).
      ISBN 978-0-8027-1737-5
    34. Friendship (2013).
      ISBN 978-0300175356
    35. The God Argument (2013).
      ISBN 978-1-62040-190-3
    36. The Challenge of Things: Thinking Through Troubled Times (2015).
      ISBN 978-1-4088-6461-6
    37. The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind (2016).
      ISBN 978-0747599425
    38. War: An Enquiry (2017).
      ISBN 978-0300175349
    39. Democracy and its Crisis (2018).
      ISBN 9781786072894
    40. The History of Philosophy (2019).
      ISBN 9780241304556
    41. The Good State (2020)
      ISBN 9781786079329
    42. The Frontiers of Knowledge (2021).
      ISBN 9780241305463
  • 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