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5.0 out of 5 stars The Owl of Minerva, 17 Dec 2010
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This is an evocative memoir by Mary Midgley, who was born in 1919. It is well written and rewarding to read; it has a light touch and much self-deprecating humour. It is of interest not just to professional philosophers, although there is much meat in it for them. I found the part about her childhood particularly interesting; also her years at Oxford and her friendships with Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot and Elizabeth Anscombe.

It was through philosophy that she met her husband Geoffrey Midgley, whom she joined at the Newcastle philosophy department. She writes engagingly of his devotion to students and teaching as well as her own burgeoning career as a writer and broadcaster. I was inspired by her determination to combine raising - and enjoying - a family of three boys with her own profession.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A window into a life behind an academic committed to engagement with core issues of our time, 25 Jun 2013
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An engaging memoir from a philosopher that is able to integrate her personal history with her intellectual development. She writes in a non-technical way that connects with those who are not specialists in her field. The book is also a fascinating bit of social history.
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