Political Morality: A. C. Grayling CBE

Do we still know what we mean by the cliché expression ‘liberal democracy’? Around the world, from the US to Australia, the so-called ‘Westminster model’ on which many democracies are based is facing strains that show how much the constitutional underpinnings of that model need reform and refreshment. Using John Stuart Mill’s concept of ‘constitutional morality’ A. C. Grayling argues for the minimum conditions that any workable constitution requires to be genuinely democratic in a world of increasing challenges.

Integrity 20’18 |
Length 0:47:50
Filmed 25 Oct 2018
Venue Conservatorium Theatre
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
South Bank, Brisbane

A. C. GRAYLING CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is also the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian, the Times, and Prospect magazine. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier‘ series; and he has often appeared on television.

He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2014 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, Patron of the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society, and a Patron of Dignity in Dying.

A. C. Grayling CBE

Master of the New College of the Humanities, London and its Professor of Philosophy, Read more