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The Age of Genius
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Best-selling author A. C. Grayling explains how, fuelled by original and unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention, the seventeenth century became the crucible of modernity

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A.C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy at and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. He believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society and is a prolific author, whose books include philosophy, ethics, biography, history, drama and essays. He has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect, and is a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television programmes, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week, and CNN News. His most recent book is The Challenge of Things, published in 2015.

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Britain's most eminent publicly engaged philosopher * Scotland on Sunday *
If there is any such person in Britain as The Thinking man, it is A. C. Grayling * The Times *
Grayling is particularly good at illuminating the knottiness of moral discourse * Sunday Times *
There is an immense depth of human wisdom on display here, and five minutes with any passage will have you contemplating all day * Independent on The Good Book *
Very interesting ... His account of the transition from magic to science is fascinating, and he demonstrates persuasively that the 17th century did indeed see a revolution in habits of thought and understanding of the physical world -- Allan Massie * Scotsman *
This sprint from the tenets of superstition to an increasingly revealed reality is a wonderful subject * Glasgow Herald *
Grayling is a natural educator ... He provides concise and helpful summaries of pertinent events and ideas * Spectator *
His chapters on Bacon's freethinking, on Newton's scientific method and on Locke's political theory are models of their craft * Tablet *
A fascinating look at where we come from * Western Mail *
Anyone who can steer this particular reader through the labyrinth of diets and edicts and treaties that populate The Thirty Years' War deserves the highest praise. And Grayling is a model of clarity ... As a survey of the period, The Age of Genius is fascinating [and] as an account of the development of ideas during one of the most exciting periods in Western history, The Age of Genius excels. Its scope is remarkable and it wears its learning lightly * Literary Review *
A characteristically lucid but impassioned account of the power of ideas to change the way we see the world -- P.D. Smith * Guardian *

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