A C Grayling

I, Anti-Realist

The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe

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Michael Frayn has solved a problem for me. I am often asked to recommend a book that will get interested parties well into philosophy, and find myself at a stand because text-book introductions are typically flat-footed and simplistic, parcelling everything into over-neat isms, whereas the best introductions – the classics of philosophy themselves – are typically not approachable without help.

But here is a book by an author who tackles philosophical problems by thinking them through for himself intelligently and lucidly, who writes beautifully, and who conveys a living sense of the puzzling character of thought and the world that lies at the root of all genuine philosophising.

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