John N. Gray


Born
in South Shields, County Durham, The United Kingdom
April 17, 1948

Genre


John Nicholas Gray is a English political philosopher with interests in analytic philosophy and the history of ideas. He retired in 2008 as School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gray contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman, where he is the lead book reviewer.

Average rating: 3.89 · 10,681 ratings · 1,141 reviews · 127 distinct worksSimilar authors
Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Hum...

3.95 avg rating — 3,438 ratings — published 2002 — 22 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Black Mass: Apocalyptic Rel...

3.94 avg rating — 1,033 ratings — published 2007 — 21 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Silence of Animals: On ...

3.88 avg rating — 1,015 ratings — published 2013 — 14 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Seven Types of Atheism

3.84 avg rating — 832 ratings — published 2018 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Soul of the Marionette:...

3.87 avg rating — 755 ratings — published 2015 — 16 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
False Dawn: The Delusions o...

3.80 avg rating — 406 ratings — published 1998 — 21 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Al Qaeda and What It Means ...

3.76 avg rating — 375 ratings — published 2003 — 16 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Heresies: Against Progress ...

3.71 avg rating — 247 ratings — published 2004 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Immortalization Commiss...

3.54 avg rating — 345 ratings — published 2011 — 18 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Gray's Anatomy: Selected Wr...

3.93 avg rating — 149 ratings — published 2009 — 11 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by John N. Gray…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“Books can inspire you to love yourself more, but by listening to, writing out, or verbally expressing your feelings you are actually doing it.”
John Gray, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

“Most people today think they belong to a species that can be master of its destiny. This is faith, not science. We do not speak of a time when whales or gorillas will be masters of their destinies. Why then humans?”
John Gray, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

“We think our actions express our decisions. But in nearly all of our life, willing decides nothing. We cannot wake up or fall asleep, remember or forget our dreams, summon or banish our thoughts, by deciding to do so. When we greet someone on the street we just act, and there is no actor standing behind what we do. Our acts are end points in long sequences of unconscious responses. They arise from a structure of habits and skills that is almost infinitely complicated. Most of our life in enacted without conscious awareness. Nor can it be made conscious. No degree of self-awareness can make us self-transparent.”
John Gray, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
Goodreads Librari...: This topic has been closed to new comments. The Please Add to the Disambig Thread Thread 1243 1968 Jan 19, 2011 12:51PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Book wrongly attributed 3 27 Jan 28, 2015 11:58AM  
A Good Thriller: Pick If For Me - February 2016 Read 19 101 Jan 15, 2016 01:52PM  
Classics and the ...: James, Week 3, Lectures 6, 7, & 8 43 40 Jul 07, 2016 12:11PM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite John to Goodreads.