The Soul of the Marionette: a short inquiry into human freedom

Hosted by the Forum for European Philosophy and LSE Literary Festival

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Professor John Gray

Professor John Gray


Dr Danielle Sands

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 - biological, 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.

John Gray is the author of a number of highly regarded books including False DawnStraw Dogs and most recently The Silence of Animals. He has taught at Oxford, Harvard, Yale and LSE. This event marks the publication of The Soul of the Marionette.

Danielle Sands is a Fellow at the Forum for European Philosophy.

The Forum for European Philosophy (@LSEPhilosophy ) is an educational charity which organises and runs a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK.

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015, taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme 'Foundations'.

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