Ideas of A.C. Grayling, by Theme

[British, fl. 1999, St Anne's College, Oxford; Professor at Birkbeck, London. Newspaper column, popularising philosophy.]

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1. Philosophy / C. History of Philosophy / 3. Earlier European Philosophy / c. Later medieval philosophy
Lucretius was rediscovered in 1417
6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 6. Logicism / a. Early logicism
Russell needed three extra axioms to reduce maths to logic: infinity, choice and reducibility
12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 2. Self-Evidence
Two propositions might seem self-evident, but contradict one another
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 4. Other Minds / d. Other minds by analogy
The argument from analogy is not a strong inference, since the other being might be an actor or a robot
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / e. Honour
In an honour code shame is the supreme punishment, and revenge is a duty
24. Applied Ethics / A. Decision Conflicts / 6. Double Effect
It is legitimate to do harm if it is the unintended side-effect of an effort to achieve a good
24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 4. Suicide
If suicide is lawful, but assisting suicide is unlawful, powerless people are denied their rights
25. Society / E. State Functions / 6. War
War must also have a good chance of success, and be waged with moderation
29. Religion / A. Religious Thought / 1. Religious Belief
Religion gives answers, comforts, creates social order, and panders to superstition
29. Religion / E. Immortality / 1. Immortality
In Greek mythology only heroes can go to heaven
To make an afterlife appealing, this life has to be denigrated