The Essential Mary Midgley

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Psychology Press, 2005 - 413 páginas
Feared and admired in equal measure, Mary Midgley has carefully yet profoundly challenged many of the scientific and moral orthodoxies of the twentieth century. The Essential Mary Midgley collects for the first time the very best of this famous philosopher's work, described by the Financial Times as 'common sense philosophy of the highest order'.

This unrivalled introduction to a great philosopher and brilliant writer incorporates carefully selected excerpts from Mary Midgley's bestselling books, including Wickedness, Beast and Man, Science and Poetry, and The Myths We Live By. With a specially written foreword by James Lovelock, this classic text presents a superb and eminently readable insight into questions she has returned to time and again in her renowned sharp prose. This anthology discusses major topics, such as the roots of human nature, reason and imagination, the myths of science and the importance of holism in thinking about science and the environment.
 

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Introduction
1
Part One The Roots of Human Nature 1 Have We a Nature?
21
Animals and the Problem of Evil 3 Speech and Other Excellences
22
The Problem of Natural Evil
87
The Elusiveness of Responsibility
88
Selves and Shadows
100
Emotion Emotiveness and Sentimentality
110
Equality and Outer Darkness
122
Escaping from Solitude
184
The Human Heart and Other Organs
198
On Trying Out Ones New Sword on a Chance Wayfarer
218
Part Three The Myths of Science
225
Evolutionary Dramas The Irresistible Escalator The Service of Self and the Service of Kali Biotechnology and the Yuk Factor The Supernatural Engi...
227
Salvation and the Academics
228
Part Four Reason and Imagination 23 The Sources of Thought
306
The Quest for Permanence
319

Is a Dolphin a Person?
132
Part Two Philosophizing Out in the World
143
Philosophical Plumbing
146
Wisdom and Contemplation
153
The Withdrawal of Moral Philosophy
163
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177
Putting Our Selves Together Again
330
A Plague on Both Their Houses 319 330
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Putting it All Together
347
The Role of Wonder 29 Why there is Such a Thing as Society 30 The Unity of Life
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Mary Midgely is a moral philosopher and the author of many books, most recently The Myths We Live By.

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