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Contextual Lecture: Thinkers' London After Waterloo


Part of the Contextual Lecture Series: London: The Making of a Global City

In the decades immediately following 1815 London came to be the intellectual capital of Britain, inheriting this mantle from Edinburgh and the university cities in a way best illustrated by the fact that it was in London that the thinkers such as Hazlitt, J.S. Mill, Darwin, and Matthew Arnold first saw the light.

A. C. Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, and the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He is a columnist for Prospect magazine, and was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian and Times. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3, 2 and the World Service, for which he did the annual 'Exchanges at the Frontier' series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2015 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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