A.C. Grayling Interview
So much of our foundational knowledge, the thinkers that make up our syllabus today, can be traced to a brief moment in human history – to the 17th Century. In science: Newton, Galalileo, Pascal, Kepler, Wren, and all of their colleagues catalogued the fundamental nature of our universe. The likes of Decartes, Hobbes, and Spinoza shifted the philosophy of humanity. And Shakespeare, Milton, Cerventes, and Molliere left us towering achievements in the realm of language.
But in our own age, of information, and almost daily scientific advancement… how much do we really owe those that came before? Is any single era really that important in the long term?
In The Age of Genius – The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Mondern Mind, A.C. Grayling argues that this Century saw not only great achievements, and impressive advancements – but ‘the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity’.
Professor Anthony Grayling is a Philosopher and Master of New College of the Humanities, and he spoke to Sky Kirkham about conflict, correspondence, and historical revisionism. Originally broadcast 14/04/2016. The Age of Genius is out through Bloomsbury.