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Professor AC Grayling, a leading ethics speaker and Master of the New College of the Humanities, discusses whether it is wrong to spy in his latest piece for Prospect Magazine.
In the knowledge the spying is common place, as “allies spy on allies, commercial groups spy on rivals, [and] governments sponsor spying on various sectors of other countries’ economies to gain an advantage for their own,” Professor Grayling argues that “pragmatism can sometimes override ethics.”
As an example he cites the famous spy and double agent Kim Philby, who continues to fascinate the popular imagination because of such moral complexities. Click here to read on (paywall).
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Writing in The Times, Professor AC Grayling, chairman of this year’s Man Booker Prize, argues that numerous Christian ideals – and many of Britain’s defining characteristics – really come from Greece and Rome.
This follows from a comment David Cameron made that Britain is a “Christian nation”. Professor Grayling believes that such a description was “deeply misleading”, and that it is “important in a pluralistic society such as ours that we should not think that uses of “Christian” to suggest kindly attitudes entail that we are a nation of believers in the dogmas and legends of the religion.”
Click here to read why.
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Saturday’s Guardian has a long profile on the New College of Humanities (NCH), founded in 2011 by the well known Philosopher and Humanist AC Grayling.
The NCH has attracted controversy for its £18,000 per year fees (relatively high for the UK), and the heavyweight names it has attracted to lecture – including Richard Dawkins, Niall Ferguson and Steven Pinker. But AC Grayling insists that the NCH is an important response to the decline of Humanities (slipping off the syllabus in universities in the UK and elsewhere), and an attempt to champion a different approach to ‘mainstream’ university education – one that prioritises an intimate and interactive learning environment. Here’s more from Amelia Gentleman’s article:
“My own politics are on the left,” he says. “I am very sympathetic to the view that education is a great good, that it is the last opportunity that we have to level the playing field, and to move people along from positions of historically induced deprivation and disadvantage. I am absolutely 100% behind that idea, and yet to think that therefore we must not experiment, we mustn’t try something new, we cannot accept the fact that sometimes things cost money… The fact that I have the politics that I have doesn’t mean that I buy the cheapest cardboard shoes I can find. There is this piety about what a higher education institution should be like, so it is nice and clean-handed, and nobody is charging money at the point of contact. It is that attitude – which is a good old leftwing attitude, which I completely sympathise with – which is a barrier to doing anything new or fresh…. The long-term objective of this place, which is that we become a needs-blind institution, is in my humble opinion quite a noble idea. That is what we are trying to do, in the end.”
Click here to read the article.
Read Leo Von Bülow-Quirk’s bullet point summary of Chartwell’s Breakfast Discussion (24 April) – “4 things I learnt from Professor AC Grayling about Ethics in a Recession“
The room was packed this morning for Professor Grayling‘s “Good Values, Good Value” talk. Challenging us to think about how we should live our lives and what ethics mean for us individually, corporately and publicly, Professor Grayling led a thoroughly enjoyable breakfast discussion.