The History of Philosophy: AC Grayling’s insightful but blinkered view
Review: AC Grayling is a superb communicator of complex concepts but there are absent voices: women and Irish philosophers for starters
Ac Grayling largely concentrates on male, white and western philosophy
Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy looms over his academic successors in the same way James Joyce’s Ulysses overshadows novelists. The book is rarely read from cover to cover and it’s full of head-spinning digressions but Russell won a Nobel Prize in Literature partly on the strength of it, and it remains de rigueur on the shelves of any respectable intellectual.
Trying to outdo Russell, then, requires not just considerable brainpower and a way with words but also a bit of an ego. AC Grayling appears well qualified under all three headings.