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 / 7. 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 / 5. Against Free Will
The will hardly ever does anything; most of our life just happens to us
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 2. Social Freedom / e. Freedom of lifestyle
Nowadays we identify the free life with the good life
27. Natural Reality / F. Biology / 4. Ecology
Over forty percent of the Earth's living tissue is human
29. Religion / C. Monotheistic Religion / 4. Christianity / a. Christianity
Without Christianity we lose the idea that human history has a meaning
What was our original sin, and how could Christ's suffering redeem it?