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Straw Dogs: Thoughts On Humans And Other Animals Paperback – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; New Ed edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862075964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862075962
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An essential guide to the new Millennium. Straw Dogs challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be human' -- J.G. Ballard

'Nobody can hope to understand the times in which we live unless they have read Straw Dogs’ -- Sue Corrigan, Mail on Sunday

‘Gray is one of the most consistently interesting and unpredictable thinkers in Britain…an enthralling book’ -- Observer

‘Nothing will get you thinking as much as this brilliant book…opens new vistas of understanding' -- George Walden, Sunday Telegraph

‘That rarest of things, a contemporary work of philosophy, wholly accessible, and profoundly relevant to the rapidly evolving world' -- Will Self


A 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. 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. 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.

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