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Gray, John 1948-

Works: 133 works in 957 publications in 15 languages and 22,937 library holdings
Genres: History  Miscellanea  Trivia and miscellanea  Utopian fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: JC585, 320.51
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Most widely held works by John Gray
Hayek on liberty by John Gray( )

53 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 2,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over het werk van de Weense econoom (geb. 1899)
Mill on liberty : a defence by John Gray( )

37 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 2,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation Mill on Libertywas first published in 1983 and has become a classic of Mill commentary. The second edition reproduces the text of the first in full, and in paperback for the first time. To this, John Gray adds an extensive postscript which defends the interpretation of Mill set out in the first edition, but develops radical criticisms of the substance of Millian and other liberalism. The new edition is intended as a contribution to the current debate about the foundations of liberalism, and it looks closely at the recent seminal contributions to liberal thought by Raz, Feinberg, Rawls and Berlin. Central to its argument is Gray's contention that, like other liberalisms that ground themselves on an ideal of autonomy or individuality, Millian liberalism has a Eurocentric bias that cannot be given rational justification. Gray addresses the question of whether any form of liberal theory, can, in fact, avoid the bias, and concludes that it cannot. This book will be indispensable both to those familiar with On Libertyand to those coming to it for the first time. In addition, the book will also be of great interest to moral and political theorists, to students of law and jurisprudence and to intellectual historians
J.S. Mill, On liberty in focus by John Stuart Mill( )

33 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book gathers together for the first time J.S. Mill's On Liberty and a selection of important essays by the eminent scholars Isaiah Berlin, Alan Ryan, John Rees C.L. Ten and Richard Wollheim on Mill's seminal work
Liberalism by John Gray( Book )

59 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the publication in 1986 of the first edition of Liberalism, both the world and the author's views have changed significantly. In this new edition, John Gray argues that whereas liberalism was the political theory of modernity, it is ill equipped to cope with the dilemmas of the postmodern condition. The task now, as Gray sees it, is to develop a pluralist theory in which the liberal problem of finding a modus vivendi among rival communities and worldviews is solved in postliberal terms
False dawn : the delusions of global capitalism by John Gray( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a book that effectively predicted the collapse of the Asian markets, John Gray argues that the attempt to impose the Anglo-American-style free market on the world will create a disaster on the scale of Soviet communism. Even America, the supposed flagship of the new civilization, is doomed to moral and social disintegration as it loses ground to other cultures that have never forgotten that the market works best when it is embedded in society. False Dawn is one of the most passionate polemics against the utopia of the free market since Carlyle and Marx. Book jacket."--Jacket
Black mass : apocalyptic religion and the death of utopia by John Gray( Book )

51 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosopher John Gray examines the history of utopianism, links it to apocalyptic religious beliefs, and argues that utopianism currently dominates mainstream politics, discussing its impact in Iraq and elsewhere in the twenty-first century
Enlightenment's wake : politics and culture at the close of the modern age by John Gray( Book )

56 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Gray argues that all the intellectual traditions of modernity are applications of the Enlightenment project, which has proved to be self-undermining. This effect was due to the project's extension of rational self-criticism and demystification to its own foundational commitments which ultimately dissolved them. From this position Gray argues that both the desire of fundamentalist liberalism to salvage the Enlightenment, and the traditionalist or reactionary desire to reverse it, are doomed to failure. The central problem of contemporary political thought and practice, the author contends, is that of securing peaceful co-existence for incommensurable world-views in an intellectual and cultural context that is at once post-rational and post-traditional. While it is crucial to resist the re-enchantment of the world by new forms of fundamentalism, neither the Left nor the Right in any of their traditional forms are able, according to Gray, to offer a viable alternative
Straw dogs : thoughts on humans and other animals by John Gray( Book )

42 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Straw Dogs is a 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, 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 is an illusion. The aim of Straw Dogs is to explore how the world and human life look once humanism has been finally abandoned." "Straw Dogs explores philosophical issues such as the nature of the self, free will, morality, progress and the value of truth. Drawing his inspiration from art, poetry, and the frontiers of science as well as philosophy itself, John Gray presents a post-humanist view of the world and of human life. Straw Dogs is an exhilarating, sometimes disturbing book that leads the reader to question their deepest beliefs."--Jacket
Al Qaeda and what it means to be modern by John Gray( Book )

50 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that the ideology of Al Qaeda is both Western and modern, and that its zeal to remake the world descends from the same Enlightenment creed that informed the disastrous Soviet experiment and the neo-liberal dream of a global free market. [book cover]
On liberty and other essays by John Stuart Mill( Book )

28 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the text of four essays by nineteenth-century English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill, and includes textual and explanatory notes, chronology, and introduction
Two faces of liberalism by John Gray( Book )

40 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tolerancia liberal - Valores plurales - Libertades rivales - Modus vivendi
Isaiah Berlin by John Gray( Book )

29 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and Portuguese and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the political philosophy of the Russian born thinker explains how Isaiah Berlin came to reject ideological frameworks in favor of a pluralism that acknowledges the inevitable diversity of human values
The immortalization commission : science and the strange quest to cheat death by John Gray( Book )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Dutch and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A revelatory critique of the modern world's pursuit of scientific immortality. Gray examines the worldviews of contributors from philosophers and journalists to politicians and mass murderers to consider how revisionist beliefs are changing the nature of what it means to be human
Voltaire by John Gray( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a radical reassessment of a fascinating and important figure, at once demythologizing the icon and revealing his genuine greatness
The silence of animals : on progress and other modern myths by John Gray( Book )

21 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An exploration of the failures of reason in human life and the enduring role of myth in science, politics, and morality"--
Liberalisms : essays in political philosophy by John Gray( Book )

35 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The soul of the marionette : a short inquiry into human freedom by John Gray( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Soul of the Marionette, his brilliantly enjoyable and freewheeling book, John Gray draws together the religious, philosophic, and fantastical traditions that question the very idea of human freedom
Post-liberalism : studies in political thought by John Gray( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Gray has become one our liveliest and most influential political philosophers. This volume is a sequel to his Liberalisms: Essays in Political Philosophy. The earlier book ended on a sceptical note, both in respect of what a post-liberal political philosophy might look like, and with respect to the claims of political philosophy itself. The present work gives post-liberal theory a more definite content. It does so by considering particular thinkers in the history of political thought, by criticizing the conventional wisdom, liberal and socialist, of the Western academic class, and most directly by specifying what remains of value in liberalism. The upshot of this line of thought is that we need not regret the failure of foundationalist liberalism, since we have all we need in the historic inheritance of the institutions of civil society now present in parts of the world, such as the post-Communist states, where they were hitherto weak or suppressed. It is to the practice of liberty that these institutions encompass, rather than to the empty vistas of liberal theory, that we should repair
Beyond the new right : markets, government and the common environment by John Gray( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Gray is now established as one of the UK's leading political thinkers. For over a decade he has been asssociated with the ideas and think-tanks of the New Right. In this book he presents both a criticism of the ideological excesses of New Right ideology and a radical critique of the New Right itself, developed from the standpoint of traditional conservatism. All the major thinkers and themes of the New Right are examined, together with many major issues of current public policy - such as the growth of the underclass, the future of the welfare state and the role of government in education and culture. The author also argues that there are deep affinities between conservative ideology and Green thought. He advances radical proposals for the preservation and renewal of common life for an age in which the ideals of modernism, including continuous economic growth, are decreasingly viable. He expresses his conviction that conservative philosophy will find its future in dissociating itelf from the neo-liberalism that has lately dominated policy, and returning to the task of redefining traditional values
Conceptions of liberty in political philosophy by Z. A Pelczynski( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mill on liberty : a defence
Mill on liberty : a defenceJ.S. Mill, On liberty in focusLiberalismFalse dawn : the delusions of global capitalismBlack mass : apocalyptic religion and the death of utopiaEnlightenment's wake : politics and culture at the close of the modern ageStraw dogs : thoughts on humans and other animalsAl Qaeda and what it means to be modern
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