Professor AC Grayling

Professor AC Grayling

Professor Anthony Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities in London and ex-Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College talked to the Sixth Form on Friday 24 January about the importance of the humanities both for a rounded and enlightened education and for the employment opportunities, which they offer. He introduced all the great arts disciplines beginning with history and moving on to encompass English, philosophy, theology and classics. In a tour de force of philosophical insight, familiarity with a huge corpus of writing and deep historical referencing, Professor Grayling stressed the supreme importance of reading to being educated. In answer to a wide-ranging set of questions from the floor he dealt with atheism, preferring to regard himself as a freethinker rather than simply being non-religious, his College’s plans to add both geography and mathematics to its curriculum and the place of work experience and shadow placements in their broader educational settings. 

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