Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John GrayStraw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray

Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

byJohn Gray

Paperback | September 1, 2003

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Straw Dogs is a radical work of philosophy that sets out to challenge our most cherished assumptions about what it means to be human. From Plato to Christianity, from the Enlightenment to Nietzsche and Marx, 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 enthrone 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. In Straw Dogs, John Gray argues that this humanist belief in human difference is an illusion and explores how the world and human life look once humanism has been finally abandoned.
JOHN GRAY is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement and the author of over a dozen books, including Heresies (Granta). False Dawn has been translated into sixteen languages.
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Title:Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other AnimalsFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 2003Publisher:Granta PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1862075964

ISBN - 13:9781862075962

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"Straw Dogs is that rarest of things, a contemporary work of philosophy devoid of jargon, wholly accessible, and profoundly relevant to the rapidly evolving world we live in." (Will Self, Independent)