Against Progress And Other Illusions

John Gray

Published: 16 September 2004
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 224 pages
ISBN: 9781862077188


By the author of the best-selling Straw Dogs, this book is a characteristically trenchant and unflinchingly clear-sighted collection of reflections on our contemporary lot. Whether writing about the future of our species on this planet, the folly of our faith in technological progress, or the self-deceptions of the liberal establishment, John Gray dares to be heretical like few other thinkers today.

About the author

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John Gray is is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement and the author of over a dozen books, including Heresies and the best-selling Straw Dogs which has been translated into 16 languages. False Dawn has been translated into fifteen languages. More about the author


Heresies... is profound, pithy and salutary in these fundamentalist times; Gray is one of the best of contemporary thinkers, an Isaiah Berlin de nos joursJohn Banville



‘A collection of brilliant, bleak and thoroughly exasperating essays in which he recants his faith in science, politics and progress

‘A welcome and timely collection of his brilliant essays ... Gray expertly demolishes our misguided faith in progress and modernity, global government and the end of history. A powerful antidote to liberal complacency’ J. G. Ballard

‘By stressing historical repetitions, Gray reveals the inconsistencies of contemporary political thinking.Heresies is both clearsighted and objective.It is also remarkably prescient: when they were published, these writings must have seemed unduly pessimistic; now they show how predictable recent events really were’

‘Gray looks at the world from oblique angles...frequently he does appear to illuminate fundamental and depressing truths about the human condition’

‘Gray provides a philosophical form of chemotherapy: frightening but necessary if we are to save man’

‘Pervasive but bracing. It's like reading Jonathan Swift, without the satire’

‘We have a truly original, alarming and penetrating essayist in our midst... this book will still be a book of the year in 2104’ Bryan Appleyard

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