John Gray and the Problem of Utopia

John Hoffman

John Gray and the Problem of Utopia

John Hoffman

Distributed for University of Wales Press

224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $19.00 ISBN: 9780708320266 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This book explores the work of John Gray, controversial and widely read contemporary philosopher. This comprehensive volume links a critique of Gray’s views on Marxism, humanism, and the Enlightenment—as well as his deep pessimism—with his position that attempts to tackle the core of issues like globalization and multiculturalism are hopelessly utopian. Challenging these and other assumptions in Gray’s work in a clear and accessible way, John Hoffman focuses his criticism on the philosopher’s traditionalist and problematic conception of utopia in the modern world.




1. The Anti-Utopianism of John Gray

2. The Traditional View of Utopia

3. Utopia and Dualism

4. Marxism and Utopia

5. The Problem of the Market

6. The Caricature of Marxism

7. The Problem of the State

8. The Inescapable Character of Universalism

9. Globalization

10. Egalitarianism and Multiculturalism

11. Reconstructing Utopia




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