Prof. dr hab. Beata Polanowska-Sygulska
Jagiellonian University in Kraków
English abstract: John Gray’s three controversial, widely discussed books, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals (2002), The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Myths (2013) and The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom (2015), create a natural trilogy. They all have a similar structure, consisting of a kaleidoscope of ideas, digressions, associations and recurring motifs. This article provides a brief analysis and a thorough critique of this trilogy. The strong and the weak points of the most recent volume are emphasized. A number of objections, reservations and doubts concerning the ideas presented in the three books are formulated. Critical arguments relating to, among other things, Gray’s inconsistent statements on the phenomenon of tragedy, the sources of humanism and its respect for the truth, the issue of freedom and the author’s alleged rejection of traditional morality are put forward.
Keywords: humanism, liberalism, morality, freedom, progress, truth
Published: Number 3(32)/2022, pp. 72-87
Number of downloads: 24
This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivative Works 4.0 International License.