In his words addressed to O&M students:
I learned early in life that the way to succeed was to read a great deal, and to have a variety of enthusiastic interests. In combination, these factors make one an earnest and engaged student, always eager to listen and to learn, and eventually to wish to contribute to the great conversation of humankind about all the things that matter – knowledge, values, gaining understanding about human nature and the human condition, and above all how to try to answer the question that Socrates asked everyone to consider: what sort of people should we be, how should we live our lives best, what should our goals and aims be? The effort to find answers to these questions – different answers for different people – is itself what creates a good and well-lived life.
The advice was addressed to O&M JC tuition classes' students.
Professor AC Grayling is Master of New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He writes the “Thinking Read” column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine.
Professor Grayling was a Fellow of the World Economic Forum for several years, and a member of its C-100 group on relations between the West and the Islamic world. He has served as a Trustee of the London Library and a board member of the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2003 he was a Booker Prize judge, in 2010 was a judge of the Art Fund prize, and in 2011 the Wellcome Book Prize. He supports a number of educational charities and is a sponsor of Rogbonko School in Sierra Leone. Anthony Grayling's new book, The God Argument was published in March 2013.