Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

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Overview

"Straw Dogs is a work of philosophy, which sets out to challenge our most cherished assumptions about what it means to be human. From Plato to Christianity, from the Enlightenment to Nietzsche, the Western tradition has been based on arrogant and erroneous beliefs about human beings and their place in the world. Philosophies such as liberalism and Marxism think of humankind as a species whose destiny is to transcend natural limits and conquer the Earth. Even in the present day, despite Darwin's discoveries, nearly all schools of thought take as their starting point the belief that humans are radically different from other animals. John Gray argues that this humanist belief is an illusion. The aim of Straw Dogs is to explore how the world and human life look once humanism has been finally abandoned." Straw Dogs explores philosophical issues such as the nature of the self, free will, morality, progress and the value of truth. Drawing his inspiration from art, poetry, and the frontiers of science as well as philosophy itself, John Gray presents a post-humanist view of the world and of human life. Straw Dogs is an exhilarating, sometimes disturbing book that leads the reader to question their deepest beliefs.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862075962
  • Publisher: Granta U. S. A. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/10/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 The Human 1
2 The Deception 35
3 The Vices of Morality 85
4 The Unsaved 117
5 Non-Progress 153
6 As It Is 191
Further Reading 201
Index 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2009

    Biography for the wrong Gray

    This book is authored by British philosopher John N. Gray NOT Men are From Mars author, the American John Gray.

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    Posted October 9, 2010

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