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.
Many philosophical theories try to evade the uncomfortable truth that luck and fate play a role in the conduct of our moral lives, argues philosopher Paul Russell. He chooses the best books on free will and responsibility.
Given the choice between allowing five people to die, and killing one person, what would you do? What is the utilitarian argument for vegetarianism? Should we be able to sell our kidneys? The philosopher suggests some answers.
The British philosopher tells us about virtue from Plato to the modern day, and says Jane Austen got it right when she wrote about passion
All our behaviour is determined not by what happens to us, but how we interpret what happens to us, says the pscyhologist and bestselling author. And we don't always tell ourselves the truth. Dorothy Rowe chooses the best books on lying.
Toleration is an ideal of conduct which involves putting up with something you find objectionable, says the lecturer in political philosophy. He chooses the best five books on toleration, from John Locke to more recent works.