Ideas from 'Straw Dogs' by John Gray [2002], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Straw Dogs' by Gray,John [Granta 2002,1-86207-596-4]].

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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 6. Despair over Philosophy
Human knowledge may not produce well-being; the examined life may not be worth living
13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 9. Naturalised Epistemology
Knowledge does not need minds or nervous systems; it is found in all living things
16. Persons / F. Free Will / 1. Free Will / c. Free will critique
The will hardly ever does anything; most of our life just happens to us
25. Society / D. Social Rights / 2. Social Freedom / e. Freedom of lifestyle
Nowadays we identify the free life with the good life
27. Natural Reality / C. Biology / 4. Ecology
Over forty percent of the Earth's living tissue is human
29. Religion / C. Monotheistic Religion / 3. Christianity / a. Christianity
What was our original sin, and how could Christ's suffering redeem it?
Without Christianity we lose the idea that human history has a meaning