The Political Theory of John Gray

The Political Theory of John Gray

by John Horton, Glen Newey

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134212620
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 491 KB

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
Acknowledgements     xi
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
Index     237

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