John Gray: Cats, Humans and the Good Life

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Philosopher John Gray on the relationship between humans and cats

What can cats teach us about how to live? And why we should celebrate the solitary hunters among us?

The independence of cats is one of the features most admired by those of us who love them. Given their evolutionary history as solitary hunters, it is all the more extraordinary that one particular type of cat – Felis silvestris, a small and sturdy tabby – should have been able to spread worldwide as a result of learning to live with human beings.

Join philosopher John Gray as he explores the relationship between humans and cats, the benefits they bring us, their sense of self and capacity for contentment, and the many other fascinating characteristics of this independently dependent creature.

John Nicholas Gray is a political philosopher with interests in analytic philosophy and the history of ideas. He retired in 2008 as School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gray contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman, where he is the lead book reviewer.

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