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Straw dogs: thoughts on humans and other animals

Gray, John (2002) Straw dogs: thoughts on humans and other animals. Granta Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781862075962

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://grantabooks.com/
Additional Information: © 2002 Granta
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
Sets: Departments > International History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2008 10:44
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/12662/

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