Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

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Eerder publiceerde hij belangrijke en veelgeprezen werken, waaronder Strohonden, Al- Qaida en de moderne tijd, Zwarte mis en De stilte van dieren. In won hij de Nonino Prize. Alles van John Gray.

Humanity and other animals

Samenvatting 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.

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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. Recensie s 'This powerful and brilliant book is an essential guide to the new Millennium.

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Straw Dogs challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be human, and convincingly shows that most of them are delusions. Who are we, and why are we here? John Gray's answers will shock most of us deeply.

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Ballard 'My book of the year was Straw Dogs. I read it once, I read it twice and took notes. I arranged to meet its author so I could publicise the book - I thought it that good Gray is one of the most consistently interesting and unpredictable thinkers in Britain' - Jason Cowley, Observer.

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Toon meer Toon minder. Lees de eerste pagina's. Reviews Schrijf een review. Kies je bindwijze Bekijk alle bindwijzen 4. Direct beschikbaar. A world where we do not see ourselves as free or responsible?

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A world where we do not see any point or purpose to our lives? Gray writes off both the Enlightenment and its progeny humanism as a blind alley. He follows Schopenhauer in his view that humanism is just Christianity with God left out, and that without God it is unsustainable. But if the 21st century does indeed leave humanism behind as a pseudo-Christian hangover, then what is left?

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According to Gray, only a bleak mixture of nihilism, Eastern philosophy and a dash of neuroscience. This book is horribly readable. It paints a vividly accurate picture of how this world would be without God. What value our ethics if humans have no special place? What value beauty if there is no meaning? What value my personhood or my relationships with those around me if consciousness is just a cosmic accident and 'free will is a trick of perspective'? According to one reviewer 'nobody can hope to understand the times in which we live unless they have read Straw Dogs'. Gray may be a prophet for the 21st century. He joins the likes of Dawkins, Dennett and Singer in seeing only a world without God. But as CS Lewis pointed out, if you abolish God then the abolition of man as a free and worthwhile being is not far behind.

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It remains to be seen whether people will really accept Gray's despairing message. If the 21st century world does indeed become bleaker and more futile, then the treasure we possess in knowing the living God through Jesus his son should shine all the more brightly.