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John N. Gray

Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals


ISBN: 9781862075962

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"Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals" is a philosophical book written by British philosopher John Gray. In this book, Gray challenges the humanistic notion of human exceptionalism, arguing that humans are not fundamentally different from other animals and that our species' supposed superiority is a delusion.

Gray explores various topics such as human consciousness, morality, religion, and the human impact on the environment. He also critiques some of the fundamental assumptions of Western philosophy, such as the belief in progress and the idea that humans are capable of creating a better world.

The title of the book is a reference to the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu's statement: "Heaven and earth are ruthless, and they treat the myriad creatures as straw dogs." Gray uses this quote to illustrate his view that humans are not exempt from the natural processes of life and death that govern all living beings.

Overall, "Straw Dogs" is a thought-provoking book that challenges the reader to reconsider their assumptions about what it means to be human and our place in the world.

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