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Midgley, Mary 1919-2018

Works: 130 works in 766 publications in 5 languages and 27,382 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Creator
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Most widely held works by Mary Midgley
Beast and man : the roots of human nature by Mary Midgley( Book )

83 editions published between 1960 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophers have traditionally concentrated on the qualities that make human beings different from other species. In Beast and Man Mary Midgley, one of our foremost intellectuals, stresses continuities. What makes people tick? Largely, she asserts, the same things as animals. She tells us humans are rather more like other animals than we previously allowed ourselves to believe, and reminds us just how primitive we are in comparison to the sophistication of many animals. A veritable classic for our age, Beast and Man has helped change the way we think about ourselves and the world in which we live
The ethical primate : humans, freedom, and morality by Mary Midgley( )

34 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and Dutch and held by 3,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human morality arises out of human freedom: we are uniquely free beings in that we are aware of our conflicts of motive. But those conflicts and our capacity to resolve them are part of our natural inheritance. Although our selves are in many ways divided, we share the difficult project of wholeness with other organisms. What matters for our freedom is the recognition of our genuine agency, our slight but nevertheless real power to grasp and arbitrate our inner conflicts
Wisdom, information, and wonder : what is knowledge for? by Mary Midgley( )

30 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 2,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and poetry by Mary Midgley( )

36 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 2,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is an investigation of why and how science has so powerfully shaped the way we understand ourselves, our behaviour towards others and our place in the world
Evolution as a religion : strange hopes and stranger fears by Mary Midgley( Book )

45 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and held by 2,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work exposes the illogical logic of poor doctrines that shelter themselves behind the prestige of science. Midgley examines how science comes to be used as a substitute for religion and points out how badly that role distorts it
Science as salvation : a modern myth and its meaning by Mary Midgley( )

45 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Midgley in this book discusses the high spiritual ambitions which tend to gather around the notion of science, and, in particular, some very odd recent expressions of them. When everyone viewed the world as God's creation, there was no problem about the element of worship involved in studying it, nor about science's function in mapping people's lives. But now these things have grown puzzling. Officially, science claims only the modest function of establishing facts. Yet people still hope for something much vaster and grander from it--the myths by which to shape and support life in an increasingly confusing age. Even in the past, the myths surrounding science were often strange. This book discusses Francis Bacon's bizarre vision of a 'masculine birth of time', in which the seventeenth-century scientists saw themselves as sexual victors over a prostrate Mother Nature. Today, some scientists are again holding up the prize of the conquest of nature, this time through rocketry, genetic engineering and intelligent computers. These will dominate the entire universe and make our species effectively immortal. They claim, too, that human intelligence played an essential part in bringing the universe into existence in the first place. Science as Salvation discusses the function and meaning of such fantasies, which project onto a cosmic scale the biological drama considered in the author's earlier Evolution as a Religion. Taking them seriously as symptoms of a genuine myth-hunger, it suggests that the proper function of science may need to include wider perspectives which would make it plain that such desperate, compensatory dramas are unnecessary
Heart and mind : the varieties of moral experience by Mary Midgley( )

63 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in English and held by 1,907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Throughout our lives we are making moral choices. Some decisions simply direct our everyday comings and goings; others affect our individual destinies. How do we make those choices? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from, and how can we make more informed decisions? In clear, entertaining prose Mary Midgley takes us to the heart of the matter: the human experience that is central to all decision-making. Avoiding the distortions of her predecessors, she offers us an optimistic and holistic view of what it means to be human, acknowledging the complex interconnections of emotion and intellect, while presenting us with the freedom to be ourselves."--BOOK JACKET
The myths we live by by Mary Midgley( )

36 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and Persian and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work, Mary Midgley argues that myth, far from being in opposition to, is actually part and parcel of science. According to Midgley, myths are neither lies nor stories, but a network of powerful symbols that suggest particular ways of interpreting the world
Wickedness : a philosophical essay by Mary Midgley( Book )

59 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To look into the darkness of the human soul is a frightening venture. Here Mary Midgley does so, with her customary brilliance and clarity. In Wickedness she sets out to delineate not so much the nature of wickedness as its actual sources. Midgley's analysis proves that the capicity for real wickedness is an inevitable part of human nature. This is not, however, a blanket acceptance of evil. She provides us with a framework that accepts its existence yet offers humankind the possibility of rejecting this part of our nature. Out of this dark journey she returns with an offering to us: an understanding of human nature that enhances our very humanity. To read Wickedness is to understand Mary Midgley's reputation as one of the world's greatest moral philosophers."--BOOK JACKET
Animals and why they matter by Mary Midgley( Book )

30 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 1,342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Animals and Why They Matter examines the barriers that our philosophical traditions have erected between human beings and animals and reveals that the too-often ridiculed subject of animal rights is an issue crucially related to such problems within the human community as racism, sexism, and age discrimination. Mary Midgley's ... narrative is a thought-provoking study of the way in which the opposition between reason and emotion has shaped our moral and political ideas and the problems it has raised. Whether considering vegetarianism, women's rights, or the humanity of pets, this book goes to the heart of the question of why all animals matter."--Back cover
The solitary self : Darwin and the selfish gene by Mary Midgley( )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned philosopher Mary Midgley explores the nature of our moral constitution to challenge the view that reduces human motivation to self-interest. Midgley argues cogently and convincingly that simple, one-sided accounts of human motives, such as the 'selfish gene' tendency in recent neo-Darwinian thought, may be illuminating but are always unrealistic. Such neatness, she shows, cannot be imposed on human psychology. She returns to Darwin's original writings to show how the reductive individualism which is now presented as Darwinism does not derive from Darwin but from a wider, Hobbesian tradition in Enlightenment thinking. She reveals the selfish gene hypothesis as a cultural accretion that is just not seen in nature. Heroic independence is not a realistic aim for Homo sapiens. We are, as Darwin saw, earthly organisms, framed to interact constantly with one another and with the complex ecosystems of which we are a tiny part. For us, bonds are not just restraints but also lifelines -- Product Description
Earthy realism : the meaning of Gaia by Mary Midgley( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

GAIA, named after the ancient Greek mother-goddess, is the notion that the Earth and the life on it form an active, self-maintaining whole. By its use of personification it attacks the view that the physical world is inert and lifeless. It has a scientific side, as shown by the new university departments of earth science which bring biology and geology together to study the continuity of the cycle. It also has a visionary or spiritual aspect. What the contributors to this book believe is nee
The essential Mary Midgley by Mary Midgley( )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This anthology includes carefully chosen selections from Mary Midgley's selling books, including Wickedness, Beast and Man, Science and Poetry and The Myths We Live By. It provides insight into questions she has returned to again and again in her renowned 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."--Jacket
Can't we make moral judgements? by Mary Midgley( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this lively and approachable book, moral philosopher Mary Midgley turns a spotlight on the fashionable view that we no longer need or use moral judgements. She shows how the question of whether or not we can make moral judgements must inevitably affect our attitudes to events that occur in our daily lives as she suggests that this mistrust of moral judgements may be making life even harder for us than it needs to be
Utopias, dolphins, and computers : problems in philosophical plumbing by Mary Midgley( Book )

34 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do the big philosophical questions so often strike us as far-fetched and little to with everyday life? Mary Midgley shows that it need not be that way; she shows that there is a need for philosophy in the real world. Her popularity as one of our foremost philosophers is based on a no-nonsense, down-to-earth approach to fundamental human problems, philosphical or otherwise. In Utopias, Dolphins and Computers she makes her case for philosophy as a difficult but necessary tool for solving some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary society. How should we treat animals? Why are we so confused about the value of education? What is at stake in feminism? Why should we sustain our environment? Why do we think intelligent computers will save us? Mary Midgley argues that philosophy not only can, but should be used in thinking about these questions. Utopias, Dolphins and Computers will make fascinating reading for philosophers, educationalists, feminists, environmentalists and indeed anyone interested in the questions of philosophy, ethics and life
Women's choices : philosophical problems facing feminism by Mary Midgley( Book )

13 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is philosophy for? by Mary Midgley( Book )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why should anybody take an interest in philosophy? Is it just another detailed study like metallurgy? Or is it similar to history, literature and even religion: a study meant to do some personal good and influence our lives? Mary Midgley addresses these provocative questions in her most up-to-date statement on the various forms of our current intellectual anxieties and confusions and how we might deal with them. In doing so, she provides a robust, yet not uncritical, defence of philosophy and the life of the mind.This defence is expertly placed in the context of contemporary debates about science, religion, and philosophy. It asks whether, in light of rampant scientific and technological developments, we still need philosophy to help us think about the big questions of meaning, knowledge, and value"--Page 4 of cover
Are you an illusion? by Mary Midgley( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned philosopher Mary Midgley explores the remarkable gap that has opened up between our own understanding of our sense of our self and today's scientific orthodoxy that claims the self to be nothing more than an elaborate illusion. Bringing her formidable acuity and analytic skills to bear, she exposes some very odd claims and muddled thinking on the part of cognitive scientists and psychologists when it comes to talk about the self. Well-known philosophical problems in causality, subjectivity, empiricism, free will and determinism are shown to have been glossed over by scientists claiming that the self is no more than a jumble of brain-cells. Midgley argues powerfully and persuasively that the rich variety of our imaginative life cannot be contained in the narrow bounds of a highly puritanical materialism that equates brain and self. The denial of the self has been sustained by the belief that physical science requires it, but there is not just one such pattern of thought but many others which all help to explain the different kinds of problems that arise in our life, argues Midgley. Physics' amazing contemporary successes spring from attacking problems that arise within physics, not from outside. It is no more sensible to give a physical answer to a moral problem than it is to give political answers to physical ones. 'Are you an Illusion?' is an impassioned defence of the importance of our own experiences - the subjective sources of thought - which are every bit as necessary for the world as the objective ones such as brain cells. -- Provided by publisher
Science and the self : animals, evolution, and ethics : essays in honour of Mary Midgley by Ian James Kidd( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2019 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Midgley is one of the most important moral philosophers working today. Over the last thirty years, her writings have informed debates concerning animals, the environment and evolutionary theory. The invited essays in this volume offer critical reflections upon Midgley's work and further developments of her ideas. The contributors include many of the leading commentators on her work, including distinguished figures from the disciplines of philosophy, biology, and ethology. The range of topics includes the moral status of animals, the concept of wickedness, science and mythology, Midgley's
Gaia : the next big idea by Mary Midgley( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The ethical primate : humans, freedom, and morality
The ethical primate : humans, freedom, and moralityWisdom, information, and wonder : what is knowledge for?Science and poetryEvolution as a religion : strange hopes and stranger fearsScience as salvation : a modern myth and its meaningHeart and mind : the varieties of moral experienceThe myths we live byWickedness : a philosophical essay
Alternative Names
Mary Midgley britische Philosophin

Mary Midgley Brits filosofe

Mary Midgley Britse filosofe

Mary Midgley brittiläinen filosofi

Mary Midgley brittisk filosof

Mary Midgley filósofa británica (1919-2018)

Mary Midgley filosofa inglese

Mary Midgley philosophe britannique

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Midgley, Mary Beatrice.

Midgley, Mary Beatrice 1919-

Midgley, Mary Beatrice 1919-2018

Scrutton, Mary 1919-2018

Миджли, Мэри

מרי מידג'לי

ミッジリー, M




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