The Political Theory of John Gray

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John Horton, Glen Newey
Routledge - Political Science - 256 pages
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John Gray is one of today’s most brilliant, bestselling and controversial political thinkers. This new collection examines him from a variety of stimulating angles.

This new volume, comprising original contributions from a number of distinguished political theorists, in addition to a reply by Gray himself, is the first book to systematically review  the general significance of his work. He is much cited and discussed within political and social theory, but he also has a much wider audience, being one of those quite rare creatures in British academic life, a public intellectual, writing regularly for the quality press and appearing on both radio and TV. His books sell in large numbers, Straw Dogs reached the top five in The Sunday Times bestseller list and was very widely reviewed in broadsheets and weeklies. It was extravagantly praised by Will Self and chosen by novelist, Monica Ali as her book of the year.

This book was previously published as a special issue of the leading Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

  

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Contents

A Political Theorist Of and Against Our Times
1
Between Gray and Mill
5
3 The Social Theory of AntiLiberalism
25
4 John Gray and the Political Theory of Modus Vivendi
43
5 Gray and the Politics of Pluralism
59
6 Toleration Valuepluralism and the Fact of Pluralism
77
John Grays CounterEnlightenment
99
8 Grays Elegy for Progress
115
The Greening of Gray?
131
Pessimism as a Political Project
151
11 Liberalism Nihilism and Modernity in the Political Thought of John Gray
173
12 Is John Gray a Nihilist?
193
13 Reply to Critics
211
Index
237
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