John Gray is a political philosopher, formerly Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and described as the single most important living philosopher by novelist Will Self. His most recent book, The Silence of Animals, continues to expand his singular and challenging outlook, exploring what he has called the unthinking creed of thinking people: secular belief in human progress.

Perhaps best known for his seminal work of clear-sighted pessimism, Straw Dogs, Gray has never allowed his philosophy to prop up any particular agenda. “I have never thought ...


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