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Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

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The British bestseller Straw Dogs is an exciting, radical 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 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 think of humankind as a species whose destiny is to transcend natural limits and conquer the Earth. 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. Will Self, in the New Statesman, called Straw Dogs his book of the year: I read it once, I read it twice and took notes . . . I thought it that good. Nothing will get you thinking as much as this brilliant book (Sunday Telegraph).

Author: John Gray
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: 10/16/2007
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.50w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780374270933

About 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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