A.C. Grayling

Progress in Troubled Times: Learning from ‘The Age of Genius’

Sunday 18 September 2016

A.C. Grayling

The Age of Genius, A.C. Grayling

‘If you step outside on a warm clear night and look up, what do you see? Imagine answering this question 400 years ago. What did people see then, gazing at the stars?’

In his latest book The Age of Genius, A.C. Grayling suggests that the birth of the modern mind was established in the 17th century. It was, he argues, amidst this period of war, injustice and immense turbulence that a period of great intellectual revolution, progression and discovery took place. Science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo and Newton. Referencing Shakespeare and Francis Bacon, Descartes and Mersenne, he examines some of the changes and developments of the Enlightenment and how they were fundamental in creating the world we know today.

One of Britain’s most eminent and engaging philosophers, A.C. Grayling has written over 30 books including The God Argument, The Good Book, Liberty in the Age of Terror and The Challenge of Things: Thinking Through Troubled Times. He is a frequent guest on BBC Radio and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, New Stateman and Prospect. In 2011, he founded and became the first Master of New College of Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford.