Reading Our Times

Reading Our Times

What can cats tell us about the meaning of life? In conversation with John Gray

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Lockdown does strange things to people. After 20 years of marriage, Nick and his wife bought two cats for the family. They love them but they are mystifying. What is going on in there?

Luckily for Nick and his family, John Gray, formerly Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, recently published his new book ‘Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life.’ In this episode Nick talks to John about sin, the fall, self–awareness, morality, philosophy, Montaigne, Blaise Pascal… oh, and cats.

Unfortunately the audio quality for this episode is not up to our normal standard and for this we apologise.


by Rodney Marsh on
Thanks Interesting podcast. Does Nick know that all theology is either CAT theology or DOG theology? Cat Theology (to Master/Mistress) “You pat me. You feed me.” Conclusion: “I must be God!” Dog Theology (to Master/Mistress) “You pat me. You feed me.” Conclusion: “You must be God!” In both cases, either the theology creates the behaviour or the behaviour Crete’s the theology.

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Reading Our Times is the podcast that explores the books and the ideas that are shaping us today. It is hosted by Nick Spencer, Senior Fellow at the think tank, Theos.

We’re going to be talking to some of the world’s leading authors about issues like meritocracy, justice, populism, human rights, the brain, liberalism, and religion.

Above all, we'll be exploring what these books have to say about the times we live in and about the people we are.

So listen with us, and we’ll introduce you to authors, books and ideas that illuminate ourselves and our world today.

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