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A C Grayling

A C Grayling

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First broadcast: Sun 10 Aug 2008

Philosopher

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the philosopher Professor A C Grayling. He was a child growing up in Africa when he was first drawn to philosophy because it offered, he says, a licence to study 'the whole horizon of human knowledge and endeavour'. It's a study he has undertaken seriously and practically - he has tried his hand at composing music, writing plays and painting - not because he wanted to master those skills, but to acquire a greater understanding of the talents of musicians, writers and artists.

He lives in London with his wife and young daughter and teaches at Birkbeck College, but he remains evangelical about taking philosophy out of the ivory towers and into people's homes - so that it is a practical tool to help people live lives that are engaging and fulfilling. He is motivated, he says, by the knowledge that the human life-span is fewer than a thousand months - and with our time so limited, it is incumbent upon us all to use it thoughtfully and well.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Johannes Brahms

1.

Castaway's favourite

Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto in D major - 2nd movement

Soloist: Yehudi Menuhin Orchestra: The Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: Rudolf Kempe

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Robert Schumann

2.

Robert Schumann

Träumerei (from Scenes from Childhood)

Soloist: Vladimir Horowitz

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No.4 in B flat major - 2nd movement

Orchestra: The Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler

Others who chose this artist

Camille Saint-Saëns

6.

Camille Saint-Saëns

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor - 1st movement

Soloist: Mstislav Rostropovich

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Frédéric Chopin

7.

Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne in E flat Major

Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Giacomo Puccini

8.

Giacomo Puccini

Un bel di vedremo (One fine day) (from Madama Butterfly)

Soloist: Angela Gheorghiu

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A good piano

Others who chose a similar luxury

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