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Author Gray, John, 1948-

Title The soul of the marionette : a short inquiry into human freedom / John Gray.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    123.5 GRA    DUE 03-08-24
Edition First American edition.
Description 179 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Originally published in 2015 by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-179).
Contents The faith of puppets: The freedom of the marionette ; the faith of puppets ; demiurgy and tailors' dummies ; Leopardi and the souls of machines ; the return of Ligeia ; The Golem and the circular ruins ; Solaris and our world ; The revelations of Philip K. Dick ; Entering the Zone ; Mr Weston drops a match -- In the puppet theatre: Roof gardens, feathers and human sacrifice ; Dark mirrors, hidden angels and an algorithmic prayer-wheel ; Human redundancy and the cyborg economy ; An iron mountain and a shifting spectacle ; A universal Panopticon ; Puppetry, conspiracy and Ouija boards ; When the machine stops -- Freedom for Über-marionettes: What science won't tell you ; Ethics for puppets ; Gravity and the fall.
Summary "In The Soul of the Marionette ... 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, yet the most enormous forces--logical, physical, metaphysical--constrain our every action. Many writers and intellectuals have 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"--Dust jacket.
Subject Kleist, Heinrich von, 1777-1811. Über das Marionettentheater.
Marionettes -- Miscellanea.
Added Title Short inquiry into human freedom
Human freedom
ISBN 9780374261184 (hardcover)
0374261180 (hardcover)

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