Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

by John Gray (2)
     
 

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From Plato to Christianity, from the Enlightenment to Nietzsche, the Western tradition has been based on the belief that humans are radically different from other animals. Straw Dogs is an exhilarating, sometimes disturbing book that explores how the world and human life look once humanism has been finally abandoned. Taking inspiration from art, poetry, the frontiers

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From Plato to Christianity, from the Enlightenment to Nietzsche, the Western tradition has been based on the belief that humans are radically different from other animals. Straw Dogs is an exhilarating, sometimes disturbing book that explores how the world and human life look once humanism has been finally abandoned. Taking inspiration from art, poetry, the frontiers of science, and philosophy itself, John Gray argues that the belief in human difference is an illusion and offers instead a posthumanist view of the world.

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“Nothing will get you thinking as much as this brilliant book.” —George Walden, The Sunday Telegraph

“There is unlikely to be a more provocative or more compelling book published this year than Straw Dogs . . . Gray is one of the most consistently interesting and unpredictable thinkers in Britain.” —Jason Cowley, The Observer (London)

“One of the most important books published this year, and will probably prove to be one of the most important this century. An attempt to suggest new ways of thinking and feeling . . . nobody can hope to understand the times in which we live unless they have read Straw Dogs.” —Sue Corrigan, Mail on Sunday

“At once daunting and enthralling, Gray's remarkable new book shows us what it would be like to live without the distraction of consolations.” —Adam Phillips

“This powerful and brilliant book is an essential guide to the new Millennium. Straw Dogs challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be human, and convincingly shows that most of them are delusions.” —J.G. Ballard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781862075962
Publisher:
Granta U. S. A. Ltd.
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, John Gray is the author of Black Mass, among other books. He is currently a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics.

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