9780415346412

The Essential Mary Midgley

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415346412

  • ISBN10:

    041534641X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-07-19
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Feared and admired in equal measure, Mary Midgely has carefully, yet profoundly challenged many of the scientific and moral orthodoxies of the twentieth century.The Essential Mary Midgleycollects for the first time the very best of this famous philosopher's work, described by theFinancial Timesas "commonsense philosophy of the highest order." This anthology includes carefully chosen selections from her best-selling books, includingWickedness, Beast and Man, Science and PoetryandThe Myths We Live By. It provides a superb and eminently accessible insight into questions she has returned to again and again in her renowned sharp prose, from the roots of human nature, reason and imagination to the myths of science and the importance of holism in thinking about science and the environment. It offers an unrivalled introduction to a great philosopher and a brilliant writer, and also includes a specially written foreword by James Lovelock.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgements x
Introduction 1(20)
Part One The Roots of Human Nature 21(122)
1 Have We a Nature?
23(16)
2 Animals and the Problem of Evil
39(19)
3 Speech and Other Excellences
58(20)
4 The Problem of Natural Evil
78(10)
5 The Elusiveness of Responsibility
88(12)
6 Selves and Shadows
100(10)
7 Emotion, Emotiveness and Sentimentality
110(12)
8 Equality and Outer Darkness
122(10)
9 Is a Dolphin a Person?
132(11)
Part Two Philosophizing Out in the World 143(82)
10 Philosophical Plumbing
146(7)
11 Wisdom and Contemplation
153(10)
12 The Withdrawal of Moral Philosophy
163(21)
13 Escaping from Solitude
184(14)
14 The Human Heart and Other Organs
198(20)
15 On Trying Out One's New Sword on a Chance Wayfarer
218(7)
Part Three The Myths of Science 225(78)
16 Salvation and the Academics
228(11)
17 Evolutionary Dramas
239(7)
18 The Irresistible Escalator
246(11)
19 The Service of Self and the Service of Kali
257(12)
20 Biotechnology and the Yuk Factor
269(12)
21 The Supernatural Engineer
281(9)
22 The Remarkable Masculine Birth Of Time
290(13)
Part Four Reason and Imagination 303(44)
23 The Sources of Thought
306(13)
24 Atomistic Visions: The Quest for Permanence
319(11)
25 Putting Our Selves Together Again
330(10)
26 A Plague on Both Their Houses
340(7)
Part Five Gaian Thinking: Putting it All Together 347(32)
27 Individualism and the Concept of Gaia
349(10)
28 Gods and Goddesses: The Role of Wonder
359(8)
29 Why there is Such a Thing as Society
367(6)
30 The Unity of Life
373(6)
Notes 379(21)
Bibliography 400(5)
Index 405

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