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Grayling’s answer 10th July 2007

I am sorry that AC Grayling regards philosophical criticism as a personal attack, to which he feels entitled to respond in kind.

The issue between us is not personal but philosophical. My question stands: what are we to make of Grayling’s philosophy when it claims for itself a monopoly of truth, and when he treats the thinking of others (including most philosophers) with scorn and contempt?

I conclude this correspondence with some advice to Grayling, from Spinoza: “The wisdom of others comes alive when it is regarded neither with derision nor with lamentation…

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