Straw Men and Diamond Dogs

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John Gray, Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and the author of the book under review should not be confused with the John Gray who thinks that men are from Mars and women from Venus. Our man is a political philosopher, best known for a string of books on liberalism and a lot less sanguine about the prospects for humanity than his New Age namesake. In fact, perhaps on account of his earlieRAffection for Margaret Thatcher, he concludes: ' Humanity does not exist. There are only humans . . .' (p.12). If Gray's reclassification of homo sapiens as homo rapiens and his ecological pessimism are right, humans are unlikely to be around for much longer either. John Gray, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other animals, London: Granta Publications, 2002, £12.99, ISBN 1862075123.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Keith Sutherland, Imprint Academic, PO Box 200, Exeter, Devon EX5 5YX, U.K ., Email: keith@imprint.co.uk

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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