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Book review: The Challenge of Things: Thinking Through Troubled Times by AC Grayling

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Philosophy, the great 19th-century German thinker GWF Hegel said, is its own era “comprehended in thought.” AC Grayling takes a similar view. “Every generation,” he writes, “needs to attempt an interpretation of the time it lives in.”

This book contains more than 60 “philosophical reflections” on the spirit of our age, several of them originally published in Prospect. They are “philosophical,” Grayling suggests, in that they attempt to excavate the fundamental principles that lie beneath matters of wide public concern. The range of topics he covers is impressively broad, taking in subjects…

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