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...
25 November 2002
The new world order is consigned to the rubbish heap, and the outlines of the world in which we will live over the...
28 October 2002
Tony Benn and Jeffrey Archer do not have a lot in common. The pious parliamentarian and the flamboyant former Tory...
28 October 2002
With the fall of communism, it might have been expected that the specialists who were charged with keeping Lenin's...
30 September 2002
When new Labour came to power in May 1997, it accepted the framework of economic policy it inherited from the...
16 September 2002
The belief that there is no such thing as human nature has come to be the core dogma of radical humanism. Marxists and...
19 August 2002
In the 20th century the state was the chief enemy of freedom. Today, it is the weakness of the state that most...