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Evolution as a Religion : Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears - Mary Midgley

Evolution as a Religion

Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears

Paperback Published: 21st February 2002
ISBN: 9780415278331
Number Of Pages: 224

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According to a profile in The Guardian, Mary Midgley is 'the foremost scourge of scientific pretensions in this country; someone whose wit is admired even by those who feel she sometimes oversteps the mark'. Considered one of Britain's finest philosophers, Midgley exposes the illogical logic of poor doctrines that shelter themselves behind the prestige of science. Always at home when taking on the high priests of evolutionary theory - Dawkins, Wilson, and their acolytes - she has famously described evolution as 'the creation-myth of our age'. In Evolution as a Religion she examines how science comes to be used as a substitute for religion and points out how badly that role distorts it. As ever, her argument is flawlessly insightful: a punchy, compelling, lively indictment of these misuses of science. Both the book and its author are true classics of our time.

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'A graceful, refreshing and enlightening book, applied philosophy that is relevant, timely and metaphysical in the best sense.' - New York Times Book Review; 'Midgley is one of the most acute and penetrating voices in current moral philosophy. Her great gift is clarity, both of thought and, especially, of expression. To follow her reasoning is like watching a ballet dancer walking in the street: there is a litheness, a gracefulness, an ease of articulation, which attest to years of learning lightly worn.' - John Banville, Irish Times

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. viii
Evolutionary Dramasp. 1
Do Science and Religion Compete?p. 11
Demarcation Disputesp. 22
The Irresistible Escalatorp. 33
Choosing a Worldp. 40
The Problem of Directionp. 54
Scientist and Superscientistp. 64
Dazzling Prospectsp. 76
Black Holes: Jacques Monod and the Isolation of 'science'p. 86
Freedom and the Monte Carlo Dramap. 95
Scientific Education and Human Transiencep. 104
Mixed Antithesesp. 112
Science, Scepticism and Awep. 122
The Service of Self and the Service of Kalip. 134
Who or What is Selfish?p. 143
Dreaming and Wakingp. 155
The Limits of Individualismp. 163
The Vulnerable World and Its Claims on Usp. 174
Notesp. 192
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780415278331
ISBN-10: 0415278333
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 21st February 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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