A. C. Grayling is one of the world’s most widely read and celebrated philosophers. This year, the long-time Sydney Writers’ Festival favourite transcended the barriers of distance and the disruption of the global pandemic to join us from the UK to discuss his latest work, The Frontiers of Knowledge, with host of ABC Radio’s Conversations, Richard Fidler. In his inimitable style, this exploration of the paradox of knowledge – that the more we know, the greater our ignorance – reflects on the importance of education and culture to connect us to one another, to new ideas and to different branches of knowledge that can help us understand who we are in the world.

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms. 

A. C. Grayling (International)

A. C. Grayling

A. C. Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Founder and Principal of New College of the Humanities at Northeastern University, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over 30 books of philosophy, biography, the 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 Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and the BBC 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 Humanists UK, Patron of the Defence Humanists, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society and a Patron of Dignity in Dying. 

Richard Fidler (Australian)

Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire and the co-author of Saga Land, a journey into the sagas of Iceland, which was awarded the 2018 Indie Book Award for non-fiction. Richard is best known as a presenter of ABC Radio's Conversations. The program attracts a large listening audience around the nation and is the most popular podcast in Australia. His new book, The Golden Maze, is a biography of Prague, inspired by his experience of the city’s 1989 Velvet Revolution.