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The four lives of John Gray

By William Skidelsky  

I was somewhat surprised, perusing today’s Independent, to be confronted, in the “5-Minute Interview” slot, with a picture of the philosopher John Gray, under the headline “Not many people know that I have a wellness centre…” Begads, I thought, I certainly didn’t know that. Somehow, the idea of a wellness centre doesn’t square with my image of Gray, who is known for his apocalyptic cast of mind and his suspicion of all schemes for human advancement. Upon looking more closely, I was reassured to see that the subject of the interview was not, in fact, John Gray the philosopher, but…

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