John Gray is a writer and political philosopher. He has been Professor of Politics at Oxford University, Visiting Professor at Harvard and Yale and Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. He now writes full time. His books include Straw Dogs (‘That rarest of things, a contemporary work of philosophy, wholly accessible and profoundly relevant to the rapidly evolving world’ Will Self), Al-Qaeda and What It Means To Be Modern (‘The most arresting account I have read of our current crisis’ Ian McEwan) and Heresies (‘Swiftian contempt for our latter-day priestlings, the believers in progress’ John Banville). His latest book is The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths.