A.C. Grayling is one of the world's most widely read and celebrated philosophers. His latest work The Age of Genius explores how the 17th century, fuelled by original and unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention, became the crucible of modernity. This period marks a radical turning-point in human thought: we moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, while the Church-favoured classicism of Aristotle gave way to the evidence-based investigation of Francis Bacon.
A.C. Grayling asks what happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth might believe that the act of killing a king causes ghosts to burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd could stand and watch the execution of a king.
Join A.C. Grayling for a thought-provoking talk about how such a turbulent century heralded 'the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity' – a time he refers to as The Age of Genius.
Wednesday 5 April
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Corner of City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale
A.C. Grayling (International)
Master of the New College of the Humanities, A.C. Grayling has written and edited numerous works of philosophy and is the author of biographies of Descartes and William Hazlitt. He believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society. He has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect, and is a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television programs, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week and CNN news. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum at Davos, and advises on many committees ranging from Drug Testing at Work to human rights groups. His latest work is The Age of Genius.