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The Essential Mary Midgley

The Essential Mary Midgley [Kindle Edition]

David Midgley , James Lovelock
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'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

'The value of Mary's thinking is that she questions the assumptions and investigates what she calls 'philosophical plumbing' and the role of different ideas in helping map our world...Having the whole of Mary's thinking summarised in one volume is enormously valuable, enabling the reader to access the essence of her approach.'The Science and Medical Network Review

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415346428
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (2 Aug 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OI14WQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book of 2005 25 Dec 2005
OK. I have to declare an interest. Mary taught ethics at Newcastle when I was a student there. But then quite a few people review books written by people they know, so perhaps I can be permitted a certain enthusiasm.
Mary Midgley is probably the most sane philosopher writing today. Between the passion of Peter Singer and the academic prop-forwardry of Colin McGinn, Mary writes that while she and her sons became vegetarians, her husband, Geoff, remained steadfastly carnivorous, and that she remains of the view that preventing animals suffering is more important than not eating them. A wonderfully Aristotelian view on a modern issue.
The book is also very amusing with a beautiful mix of historical stories, bits of academic nonsense and hard core philosophy, as well as fascinating insights onto her comrades, Philippa Foot, Mary Warnock,Iris Murdoch and the mysterious semi-mystic near genius, Elizabeth Anscombe. In amongst the strange people, Mary is an island of compassionate sanity, always calling on her real experience - of babies, boys and animals (which she doesn't think are significantly different) - and finding peculiar the longings of those who imbue experience they haven't had with deep significance. Her comments on Iris Murdoch's longing for an incestuous relationship with her brother carry the quizzical eyebrow raised insight of anyone who has a sibling of a different sex, those of us with sisters (or brothers) find this kind of thing simply incomprehensible!
Mary has written a wonderful book here. Her writings are always lucid and peppered with sharp and challenging metaphors and examples, but here she has excelled herself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Midgley 2 Feb 2013
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Book as described. Will be very useful as backgound reading for the Philosophy class I am attending.
I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read and she is tough too 26 Mar 2007
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She reminds me that we need to think critically in morality too.
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