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prof. John Gray

prof. John Gray

A prominent British political philosopher and author
Talen : Engels, Nederlands

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John Gray studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, where he received his BA, MA and D.Phil degrees. From 1976-1996 he was Fellow in Politics at Jesus College, Oxford, and in 1996 he became Professor of Politics at Oxford. Between 1998 and 2007 he was School Professor of European Thought at the LSE, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He has held many visiting appointments, including Professor of Government at Harvard, Distinguished Professor of Social Philosophy at Yale

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John Gray studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, where he received his BA, MA and D.Phil degrees. From 1976-1996 he was Fellow in Politics at Jesus College, Oxford, and in 1996 he became Professor of Politics at Oxford. Between 1998 and 2007 he was School Professor of European Thought at the LSE, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He has held many visiting appointments, including Professor of Government at Harvard, Distinguished Professor of Social Philosophy at Yale University and Visiting Professor in Humanities at the Autonomous University in Madrid.

He has given several distinguished public lectures, including the 2003 Tans Lecture at the University of Maastricht and the 2004 Thomas More Lecture in Amsterdam. His work as a political thinker is discussed in The Political Theory of John Gray.

He has lectured to academic, political, cultural and business audiences in many countries (e.g. Spain, France, Portugal, Kuwait, Egypt, Austria, Italy, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Greece, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Eire, etc.).

He has written fifteen books and over fifty academic articles, which have been translated into over thirty languages worldwide. Among his recent books are False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism , Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions , Al Qaeda and What It Means To Be Modern and Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia.

He writes and reviews for The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, The New Statesman, The Spectator, The Literary Review and op-ed pieces by him appear regularly in European newspapers.

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Black Mass

ISBN: 9780141025988
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During the last century global politics was shaped by utopian projects. Pursuing a dream of a world without evil, powerful states waged war and practised terror on an unprecedented scale. From Germany to Russia to China to Afghanistan entire societies were destroyed. Utopian ideologies rejected traditional faiths and claimed to be based in science. They were actually secular versions of the myth of Apocalypse - the belief in a world-changing event that brings history, with all its conflicts, to an end. The war in Iraq was the last of these secular utopias, promising a new era of democracy and producing blood-soaked anarchy and an emerging theocracy instead. Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, John Gray's powerful and frightening new book, argues that the death of utopia does not mean peace. Instead it portends the resurgence of ancient myths, now in openly fundamentalist forms. Obscurely mixed with geopolitical struggles for the control of natural resources, apocalyptic religion has returned as a major force in global conflict.