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Gray, John 1948-

Works: 193 works in 771 publications in 6 languages and 20,531 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, ed
Classifications: JC585, 323.44
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Most widely held works by John Gray
Hayek on liberty by John Gray ( )
42 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offering a study of Hayek's achievements in social and political philosophy, this third edition examines the structure and impact of his system of ideas and locates his position within Western philosophy. A postscript assesses how far the historical developments of recent years can be deployed in a critique of Hayek's thought
Mill on liberty a defence by John Gray ( )
32 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mill on Liberty was 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 Liberty and 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
False dawn : the delusions of global capitalism by John Gray ( Book )
27 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this passionate polemic against the utopia of the free market, Gray, a former supporter of the New Right, argues that the conventional political solutions of conservatism and social democracy are no longer viable
Liberalism by John Gray ( Book )
31 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,177 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
Black mass : apocalyptic religion and the death of utopia by John Gray ( Book )
22 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 997 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
J.S. Mill, On liberty in focus by John Stuart Mill ( )
23 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 913 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
On liberty by John Stuart Mill ( Book )
20 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 803 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
Enlightenment's wake : politics and culture at the close of the modern age by John Gray ( Book )
51 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 783 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 )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 779 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."--BOOK JACKET
The immortalization commission : science and the strange quest to cheat death by John Gray ( Book )
12 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 748 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
Al Qaeda and what it means to be modern by John Gray ( Book )
15 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this short yet powerful work, John Gray utterly rejects the commonly held perception that we are becoming more modern and thus more alike as a global community
Isaiah Berlin by John Gray ( Book )
25 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 715 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
Two faces of liberalism by John Gray ( Book )
19 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Voltaire by John Gray ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 625 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 )
13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 608 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 )
31 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Liberalisms, a work first published in 1989, provides a coherent and comprehensive analytical guide to liberal thinking over the past century and considers the dominance of liberal thought in Anglo-American political philosophy over the past 20 years. John Gray assesses the work of all the major liberal political philosophers including J.S. Mill, Herbert Spencer, Karl Popper, F.A Hayek, John Rawls and Robert Nozick, and explores their mutual connections and differences
Post-liberalism : studies in political thought by John Gray ( Book )
23 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 554 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 )
19 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 434 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 a
Endgames : questions in late modern political thought by John Gray ( Book )
12 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conceptions of liberty in political philosophy by Z. A Pelczynski ( Book )
8 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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