John Gray is one of today’s most brilliant, bestselling and controversial political thinkers. This new collection examines him from a variety of stimulating angles.
This new volume, comprising original contributions from a number of distinguished political theorists, in addition to a reply by Gray himself, is the first book to systematically review the general significance of his work. He is much cited and discussed within political and social theory, but he also has a much wider audience, being one of those quite rare creatures in British academic life, a public intellectual, writing regularly for the quality press and appearing on both radio and TV. His books sell in large numbers, Straw Dogs reached the top five in The Sunday Times bestseller list and was very widely reviewed in broadsheets and weeklies. It was extravagantly praised by Will Self and chosen by novelist, Monica Ali as her book of the year.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the leading Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.
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About the Author
John Horton teaches political theory in the School of Politics, International Relations and the Environment, Keele University.
Glen Newey teaches in the Department of Government, University of Strathclyde.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors vii
John Gray: A Political Theorist Of and Against Our Times John Horton Glen Newey 1
Utilitarian Liberalism: Between Gray and Mill Jonathan Riley 5
The Social Theory of Anti-Liberalism Paul Kelly 25
John Gray and the Political Theory of Modus Vivendi John Horton 43
Gray and the Politics of Pluralism George Crowder 59
Toleration, Value-pluralism, and the Fact of Pluralism Peter Jones 77
Pluralism and its Discontents: John Gray's Counter-Enlightenment Peter Lassman 99
Gray's Elegy for Progress Glyn Morgan 115
Straw Dogs, Blind Horses and Post-Humanism: The Greening of Gray? John Barry 131
Gray's Blues: Pessimism as a Political Project Glen Newey 151
Liberalism, Nihilism and Modernity in the Political Thought of John Gray Noel O'Sullivan 173
Is John Gray a Nihilist? George Kateb 193
Reply to Critics John Gray 211