The Soul of the Marionette

The Soul of the Marionette A Short Inquiry Into Human Freedom

Paperback (17 May 2016)

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Publisher's Synopsis

In his brilliantly enjoyable and freewheeling new book, John Gray draws together the religious, philosophic, and fantastical traditions that question the very idea of human freedom. We flatter ourselves about the nature of free will and yet the most enormous forces--logical, physical, metaphysical--constrain our every action. Many writers and intellectuals have always understood this, but instead of embracing our condition we battle against it, with everyone from world conquerors to modern scientists dreaming of a "human dominion" almost comically at odds with our true state.

Filled with wonderful examples and drawing on the widest possible reading (from the Gnostics to Philip K. Dick), The Soul of the Marionette is a stimulating and engaging meditation on everything from cybernetics to the fairground marionettes of the title.

Book information

ISBN: 9780374536237
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 245g
Height: 208mm
Width: 137mm
Spine width: 13mm