Professor A.C. Grayling CBE

Professor A.C. Grayling CBE

Master, New College of the Humanities

Synopsis

Anthony is one of the most influential thinkers of the age. He believes in applied ethics - philosophical debate on everyday issues from leadership to profit to technology. In his speeches Anthony explores ‘the lessons of war for the business of life.’ He also considers the different forms of wealth, and how to achieve and use them: “Wealth of any kind (material, moral or intellectual) is pointless unless it’s applied.”

Biography

Anthony Grayling is an acclaimed writer and philosopher, Master of the New College of the Humanities and a Fellow of St Anne's, Oxford. Whether addressing business ethics, international relations, artificial intelligence or the difference between true leadership and manipulation, he is one of the most influential thinkers of our times - and a compelling speaker for corporate audiences.

Describing himself as perhaps the country’s only philosopher and entrepreneur, Anthony believes in philosophical debate that deals with real issues, not least when it comes to the need for companies to be profitable. He shows how business ethics challenge us to ask who we are, and what standards we share. It asks us to behave with consistency and determination (literally to be good citizens of the business community), but although the value of this speaks for itself it’s also clear that “the return on the invisible investment is very real.” He has also turned his mind to AI, both the ethics and social implications, but also the technical practicalities of a new form of intelligence that has the potential to change society, work and personal values.

Anthony has written and edited numerous books, exploring almost everything from the rise of China to education, the ethics of war and blogging, to questions of democracy and everyday morality. Published articles include a comparison of Peter Mandelson and Simon Cowell, and for several years he was author of the Last Word column for The Guardian. He also writes for The Economist, the New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement, and is a Contributing Editor of Prospect.

A former Fellow of the World Economic Forum and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world, Anthony is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Royal Society of Literature. He is also a former Booker Prize judge and chair.

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Agent Recommendation

The word 'philosopher' conjures up images of brooding pretension or high-minded aloofness. Anthony conforms to neither stereotype. He's down-to-earth, witty and understandable. He makes abstract concepts like fairness and ethics genuinely thought-provoking – especially for organisations looking to define their place in the lives of employees and customers. JLA Agent Simon King

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