The Skeptical Mind

“Skepticism is less reprehensible in inquiring years, and no crime in juvenile exercitation.”

—Joseph Glanville

In an intellectual climate characterized by conformity and wishful thinking, John Gray is among the most interesting and consequential thinkers contemporary Britain has to show.  From his office at the London School of Economics (where he is professor of European thought) comes a stream of bracing and aphoristic books that challenge all consensuses.  From the failings of socialism to the failings of the free market, the uses and misuses of religion, and the demerits of progress to the demerits of tradition, Gray has a highly individualistic (in fact, iconoclastic) perspective on just about every dilemma that vexes post-postmodernity.

His independence has not prevented him from pursuing a distinguished academic career or publishing influential books.  Among these are Isaiah Berlin (1995), False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism (1998), Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals (2002), Al Qaeda and What It Means To Be Modern (2003), and