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  • Published: 5 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141969015
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

The Soul of the Marionette

A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom




A brilliantly enjoyable and freewheeling new book on human freedom from John Gray, bestselling author of Straw Dogs

In The Soul of the Marionette, John Gray draws together the religious, philosophic and fantastical traditions that question the very idea of human freedom. We flatter ourselves about the nature of free will and yet the most enormous forces - biological, physical, metaphysical - constrain our every action. Many writers and intellectuals have always understood this, but instead of embracing our condition we battle against it, with everyone from world conquerors to modern scientists dreaming of a 'human dominion' almost comically at odds with our true state.

This is a stimulating and enraging meditation on everything from cybernetics to the fairground marionettes of the title.

  • Published: 5 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141969015
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the author

John Gray

John Gray's most recent books are Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals , Al-Qaeda and What It Means To Be Modern  and Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions. He is Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics.

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