The Solitary Self: Darwin and the Selfish Gene

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  • Copyright: 2014-08-08
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The first title to launch a new series of books, Heretics. Mary Midgley is the doyenne of British moral philosophers. The book is a formidable critique of the use of Darwin's ideas in modern-day accounts of human motivation, most notably in the work of evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins.

Author Biography

Mary Midgley is one of the most respected moral philosophers of her generation and the author of many books including Beast and Man, Wickedness and The Myths we Live by. Her memoir, The Owl of Minerva, was published in 2005.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Pseudo-Darwinism and social atomismp. 15
The background: egoism from Hobbes to R. D. Laingp. 35
The natural springs of moralityp. 55
Coming to terms with reasonp. 73
Darwin's new broomp. 97
The self's strange adventuresp. 117
Conclusion: the wider perspectivep. 139
Bibliographyp. 145
Indexp. 149
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