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The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom

The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom (Paperback)

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TLS BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2016'Gray must be one of the best read of contemporary philosophers, trawling insouciantly through high-, middle- and low-brow literature with the sharp-eyed eclecticism of a magpie of genius' John Banville, Guardian'Like Isaiah Berlin with a thing for sci-fi' Tibor Fischer, SpectatorEveryone thinks they want to be free - or do they? John Gray's thought-stirring new book on freedom draws together insights from Gnosticism, science fiction, ancient sacrifice and the occult to show that freedom is an illusion and that, like fairground puppets, humans dream of escaping the burden of choice altogether.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledgePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPopular philosophy Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 07/04/2016 ISBN-13: 9780241953907  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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John Gray is the author of a number of highly regarded and controversial books, including False Dawn, Straw Dogs and, most recently, The Silence of Animals. He has taught at Oxford, Harvard, Yale and the LSE. John Banville described The Silence of Animals as 'a marvellous statement of what it is to be both an animal and a human in the strange, terrifying and exquisite world in which we straw dogs find ourselves'.

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