14 July 2003
Chance led E O Wilson to the studies that made him one of the greatest scientific thinkers of our age. Born in 1929, he...
Beyond belief. Al-Qaeda's apocalyptic brand of religion runs counter to the secular myths of the west. As a result, we fail to understand its essential modernity, argues John Gray
14 July 2003
With politicians and the media working us all into a panic about the threat of global terror, it is worth remembering...
An encounter with evil. Patricia Highsmith was fascinated by the unnoticed amorality of ordinary people. While this led to a troubled life, it was the source of her novels' unsettling power. By John Gray
30 June 2003
In 1942, Patricia Highsmith wrote in her diary: "The abnormal point of view is always the best for depicting 20th-...
NS Essay - Faith in political action is dead; it is technology that expresses the dream of a transformed world
23 June 2003
In the film The Matrix a character called Agent Smith asks: "Did you know that the First Matrix was designed to be a...
19 May 2003
A referendum on the euro is unlikely before the next election, mainly because Tony Blair, having survived a real risk...
21 April 2003
When Donald Rumsfeld declared that peace could be achieved only by unconditional surrender he revealed a crucial flaw...
The beast stirs. Thomas Hoobes is often dismissed as a reactionary thinker. But in fact he was a pioneering liberal who has much to teach us today. By John Gray
21 April 2003
I was once taken to task by a well-known American philosopher, who, in response to a less than wholly favourable review...
31 March 2003
Around two hundred years ago, the great French reactionary thinker Joseph de Maistre wrote of "the profound imbecility...
10 March 2003
10 March 2003: John Gray on Iraq.
In search of a lost God. Friedrich Nietzsche saw himself as an heir to the Enlightenment, a partisan of reason whose task was to cut philosophy free from its roots in religion. But his quest led ultimately to madness and unhappiness. John Gray on the life
03 March 2003
Nietzsche retains the power to enchant. While academic philosophy has retreated to the dim margins of the public...
17 February 2003
A new phase in the evolution of liberal values is under way in the United States. America's most celebrated defender of...
The emptiness of a secular creed. The editor of the Economist, in his indifference to the human costs of an ideology, is like the western apologists for the old Soviet Union, argues John Gray
03 February 2003
It is a common error to believe that Karl Marx is not to be blamed for the crimes and tragedies of communism....
NS Essay - 'American culture is animated by a heresy: that human nature is not inherently flawed but essentially good'
20 January 2003
According to Javier Solana, formerly secretary general of Nato and currently the European Union's high representative...
16 December 2002
Of all the myths spawned by the Enlightenment, the idea that we live in a secular age is the most absurd. Throughout...
02 December 2002
The Aerodrome: a love story has been called the best novel ever written about fascism. Certainly no other novel - none...