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AC Grayling describes the birth of the modern mind in the seventeenth century when reason rose to prominence over tradition, the rights of the individual took centre stage in philosophy and politics, and science began to replace alchemy and astrology. In 1605 a crowd watching Shakespeare’s Macbeth believed that regicide would lead to ghosts bursting out of the ground.In 1649 a crowd watched the beheading of Charles I. What lessons does this era still hold for our troubled times?
A C Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA, and Master of the New College of the Humanities, has been a contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect, and is a contributor to radio and television programmes, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week and CNN news. He has written and edited more than thirty books on philosophy and other subjects including The Good Book, Ideas That Matter, Liberty in the Age of Terror, To Set Prometheus Free, Friendship and The Challenge of Things. He believes philosophy should take an active and useful role in society.
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