AC Grayling on friendship

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

The philosopher and lecturer AC Grayling entertained Marlborough residents during the lunchtime lecture. Yet again guests fought for chairs in the Assembly Rooms and they piled in to hear Grayling talk on his new book Friendship.

The book is an exploration on what we value to be important relationships in our lives and looking at how and if the meaning of friendship has changed since antiquity.

Throughout the talk Grayling used references of friendships from ancient texts such as David and Jonathan from the Old Testament, Achilles and Patroclus from The Iliad, as well as, Nisus and Euryalus from The Aeneid. As well as citing texts from St Augustine, Cicero and Michel de Montaigne on friendship.

The enlightening lecture was followed as usual by an audience Q&A, where questions ranged from the effects of facebook on friendship, to commentary on whether friendship affects the meaning of life.