‘Powerful and brilliant … 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
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. In his radical work of philosophy John Gray sets out to challenge our most cherished assumptions about what it means to be human.
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.
John Gray argues that this belief in human difference is a dangerous illusion and explores how the world and human life look once humanism has been finally abandoned. The result is an exhilarating, sometimes disturbing book that leads the reader to question our deepest-held beliefs.
Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
by John Gray
Granta Publications Ltd
Aug. 17, 2023
19.8cm x 12.9cm x 1.5cm