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'The most prescient of British public intellectuals' Pankaj Mishra, Financial Times Updated with a new foreword and two new chapters of John Gray's writing. Why is progress a pernicious myth? Why do beliefs that humanity can be improved end in farce or horror? Is atheism a hangover from Christian faith? John Gray, one of the most iconoclastic thinkers of our time, smashes through civilization's long cherished beliefs, overturning our view of the world and our place in it.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
'The most prescient of British public intellectuals' Pankaj Mishra, Financial Times Updated with a new foreword and two new chapters of John Gray's writing. Why is progress a pernicious myth? Why do beliefs that humanity can be improved end in farce or horror? Is atheism a hangover from Christian faith? John Gray, one of the most iconoclastic thinkers of our time, smashes through civilization's long cherished beliefs, overturning our view of the world and our place in it.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Penguin Uk
  • New ed.
  • Seitenzahl: 640
  • Erscheinungstermin: 3. November 2016
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 198mm x 128mm x 32mm
  • Gewicht: 432g
  • ISBN-13: 9780141981116
  • ISBN-10: 0141981113
  • Artikelnr.: 42329694
Autorenporträt
John Gray's major books include Straw Dogs, Black Mass and The Silence of Animals. A second edition of his essays, Gray's Anatomy, was published in 2016. He now principally writes for the New Statesman.

John Gray is most recently the acclaimed author of Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions, Al Qaeda and What It Means To Be Modern and Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia. He is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the University of London.
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Gray's dissection of modern delusion, cant and wishful thinking is to be welcomed in this moment of convulsion ... This is a book to learn from and argue with Ben Wilson Literary Review
A thoroughly enjoyable book ... These essays cover a remarkable range of topics, from Isaiah Berlin to Damien Hirst, from torture to environmentalism. But their unifying theme is that our naïve belief in the idea of progress has turned modern life into a constant round of shadow-boxing