John Gray: Godless Mysticism

9.4.2019 - 9.4.2019

London, UK
Leading philosopher John Gray returns to the London Philosophy Club, after his very popular talk in 2013, to explore what he calls 'godless mysticism'. He says: 'For this type of atheism, the world is like God in some negative versions of theology- it is beyond thought or definition. All our concepts are just tools we use to grasp a reality we cannot truly understand. What would it be like to live according to this view? If you accept that neither "God" nor "humanity" describes anything that exists, what will be your values? Will you try to change the human world, or look beyond it? If language is misleading as a guide to reality, what other means can you use to capture what is around you?

These and other questions will be considered against the background of John Gray's claim that atheism comes in many varieties, some of the most interesting among them semi-forgotten and little known, but well worth studying. He will draw on philosophers including Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and the Buddha.