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"Anthony Clifford Grayling CBE FRSA FRSL (born 3 April 1949), commonly known as A. C. Grayling, is a British philosopher and author; his main academic interests lie in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophical logic. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. Until June 2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he taught from 1991. He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne's CollegeOxford. Grayling is the author of about 30 books on philosophy, biography, history of ideas, human rights and ethics, including The Refutation of Scepticism (1985), The Future of Moral Values (1997), What Is Good? (2000), The Meaning of Things (2001), Thinking of Answers: Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life (2010), The Good Book (2011), The God Argument (2013),The Challenge of Things: Thinking Through Troubled Times (2015), Democracy and its Crises (2017), The History of Philosophy (2019), The Good State (2020) and The Frontiers of Knowledge (2021) .He was a trustee of the London Library and a fellow of the World Economic Forum, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts. For a number of years he was a columnist for The Guardiannewspaper, and presented the BBC World Service series Exchanges at the Frontier on science and society. In 2013 he was awarded the Forkosch Literary Prize, and in 2015 he received the Bertrand Russell Award. He is a vice-president of Humanists UK and honorary associate of the National Secular Society, and Patron of the Defence Humanists.