John Gray (South Shields, 1948) is an English political philosopher with interests in analytic philosophy and the history of ideas. Gray sees volition, and hence morality, as an illusion, and portrays humanity as a ravenous species engaged in wiping out other forms of life. He has written several influential books, including Seven Types of Atheism (2018.), The Silence of Animals (2013.), The Immortalization Commission (2011.), Black Mass. Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (2007.), i Straw Dogs. Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals (2002.).
Gray contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman, where he is the lead book reviewer. He formerly held posts as a professor of politics at the University of Oxford, served as a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale University. He was Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science until his retirement from academic life in early 2008.
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