Professor Anthony Grayling, eminent philosopher, author and founder of the ‘New College of the Humanities’ (NCH), visited the Royal Hospital School to address the Sixth Form on Friday 1 March.
Professor Anthony Grayling
As well as a Professor of Philosophy, Anthony Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon), FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of Humanities, which awards degrees as part of the University of London and is an independent undergraduate college, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford.
In his address to Sixth Form pupils he spoke passionately about the importance of the humanities for the flourishing of human beings and humanity as a whole. After the fascinating lecture, many pupils stayed behind to quiz him about the New College of Humanities and to explore further with him the many literary and philosophical allusions he had made during his talk.
Professor Grayling has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are “The Good Book“, “Ideas That Matter”, “Liberty in the Age of Terror” and “To Set Prometheus Free”. “The God Argument” will be published in March 2013. For several years he wrote the “Last Word” column for the Guardian newspaper and a column for the Times. He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. He writes the “Thinking Read” column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine. In addition he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society. He is a past chairman of June Fourth, a human rights group concerned with China, and is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council for the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, the Patron of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association, a patron of Dignity in Dying, and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. Anthony Grayling was also a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. He has served as a Trustee of the London Library and a board member of the Society of Authors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2003 he was a Booker Prize judge, in 2010 a judge of the Art Fund prize and in 2011 a judge for the Wellcome Book Prize. He supports a number of educational charities and is a sponsor of Rogbonko School in Sierra Leone.
After his lecture, Professor Grayling joined twelve pupils and some members of staff for dinner and he delivered an after-dinner talk on epistemology with humour and fluency.
For more information http://www.acgrayling.com