Issue date: 20 May 2003

ISSUE DATE: 20/05/03

A lecture by John Gray of the London School of Economics

Monday 26 May, 7.00pm, at the Watershed Media Centre.

‘The Alternative Series 2003’, a series of lectures on contemporary thought organised by the Centre for Critical theory at the University of the West of England, brings John Gray, Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics (LSE), to Bristol to talk on the subject ‘The Myth of Modernity’.

John Gray was Professor of Politics at Oxford University before moving to the LSE. He is a former supporter of the New Right, but has changed his views, and now believes that the conventional political solutions of conservatism and social democracy are no longer viable.

John Gray’s most recent book, ‘Straw Dogs’ has drawn praise from the critics and has been described as ‘powerful’ and ‘brilliant’.

“Straw Dogs challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be human, and convincingly shows that most of them are delusions. Who are we, and why are we here? John Gray's answers will shock most of us deeply. This is the most exhilarating book I have read since Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene'” J G Ballard

“At once daunting and enthralling, Gray's remarkable new book shows us what it would be like to live without the distraction of consolations.” Adam Phillips

“Tough-minded and entertaining, this is popular philosophy at its best. The more you disagree with John Gray's main line of argument, the more you will gain from him. Splendid!” Don Cupitt

John Gray is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman and Spectator and is the author of many books on political theory. He is married and lives in Oxford.

Tickets (£6.00, concessions £4.50) are available from the Watershed Box office on 0117 925 3845

Further details available at http://www.uwe.ac.uk/research/centres/cct

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