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The Essential Mary Midgley


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Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction Part 1: The Roots of Human Nature (From Beast and Man) 1. Have We A Nature? 2. Animals And The Problem Of Evil 3. Speech And Other Excellences (From Wickedness) 4. The Problem Of Natural Evil 5. The Elusiveness Of Responsibility 6. Selves And Shadows (From Animals and Why They Matter) 7. Emotion, Emotiveness and Sentimentality 8. Equality and Outer Darkness (From Utopias, Dolphins and Computers) 9. Is a Dolphin a Person? Part 2: Philosophizing Out in the World (From Utopias, Dolphins and Computers) 1. Philosophical Plumbing (From Wisdom, Information and Wonder) 2. Wisdom And Contemplation 3. The Withdrawal Of Moral Philosophy 4. Escaping from Solitude (From Heart and Mind) 5. The Human Heart and Other Organs 6. On Trying Out One's New Sword on a Chance Wayfarer Part 3: The Myths of Science (From Science as Salvation) 1. Salvation And The Academics (From Evolution as a Religion) 2. Evolutionary Dramas 3. The Irresistible Escalator 4. The Service of Self and the Service of Kali (From The Myths we Live By) 5. Biotechnology and the Yuk Factor (From Science as Salvation) 6. The Remarkable Masculine Birth Of Time Part 4: Reason and Imagination (From Science and Poetry) 1. The Sources Of Thought 2. Atomistic Visions: The Quest For Permanence 3. Putting Our Selves Together Again 4. A Plague On Both Their Houses Part 5: Gaian Thinking: Putting it All Together (From Science and Poetry) 1. Individualism and the concept of Gaia 2. Why There Is Such A Thing As Society 3. Gods and goddesses: the role of wonder (From Beast and Man) 4. The Unity Of Life Bibliography Notes Index

About the Author

Mary Midgely (1919-2018) was a moral philosopher and the author of many books, most recently The Myths We Live By.


'She has, perhaps, the sharpest perception of any living thinker of the dangerous extremism that lurks behind so much contemporary scientistic discourse.' - "Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times" 'One of the sharpest critical pens in the West.' - "Times Literary Supplement"

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