What does a moral life entail? How does one achieve it? AC Grayling looks at the classics of philosophy for the answers, and says that it is the striving for goodness and self-improvement itself that is the key to living well.
The evolutionary biologist tells us why Darwin is still essential reading and sifts the vast amount of more recent writing on evolution for books that are both inspiring to scientists and accessible to general readers
Embracing a scientific worldview excludes the possibility of also believing in God, says the evolutionary biologist. He picks Five Books that help explain why this is the case.
The Professor of History outlines how our understanding of deceit has changed: from a devilish sin in the Middle Ages, to a social necessity in the Enlightenment
The acting director of the Writing Program at Boston University argues that cowardice can still be part of our ethical vocabulary, but that we must learn from history's mistaken identification of the traumatised as cowards.
The Oxford Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information says methods for discussing the ethics of information technology have been latent in philosophy from its origins.
The Professor of Philosophy at UCL chooses five books by thinkers who have shaped the field. He explores the experiences that influenced each writer, saying 'it’s very rare for philosophers to say very much about their history and what brought them to the views they have'.
Some argue there is no necessary connection between the rejection of traditional religious ideas and the evolution of democracy but that's wrong, argues the eminent historian. He chooses books that give as full as possible a picture of the Enlightenment in all its dimensions.