John Gray

The Soul of The Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom
Thursday 17 September 2015
12pm | Temple Church | Tickets: £9
Box office: tel 01395 445275 | Festival bookings are now closed

John Gray

John Gray has been Professor of Politics at Oxford University, Visiting Professor at Harvard and Yale and Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. A lively and controversial philosopher, his work has been highly praised by Ian McEwan, John Banville, Will Self and environmental scientist James Lovelock. His books include The Silence of Animals, Straw Dogs, What It Means to Be Modern and False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism.

John’s new book, The Soul of The Marionettes, explores religious and philosophical ideas to show how they question the very idea of human freedom. Using fiction as much as philosophy, he explores the myths and illusions that surround the now universal demand for freedom and asks: Do human beings really want more free choice in their lives? Or do we really dream of being free from the burden of choice altogether?

Online booking will be available on Friday 24th July, commencing 5pm.
The Festival Box Office opens on Monday 27th July 2015.

Online Bookings – Friday 24th July, from 5pm.
Friends Priority Bookings (in person & by post) – Monday 20th July 2015, from 10am.
General Bookings (in person & by post) – Monday 27th July 2015, from 10am.

The Soul of the Marionette, John Gray