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Science and Poetry : Routledge Classics (Paperback) - Mary Midgley

Science and Poetry

Routledge Classics (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2006
ISBN: 9780415378482
Number Of Pages: 314

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"Midgley writes perceptively -- and beautifully -- about many things. But, in the end, it is the poetry, including the poetry of Midgley's prose, that makes the book worth reading."
--Philip Clayton, "Nature
Science, according to the received wisdom of the day, can in the end answer any question we choose to put to it -- even the most fundamental questions about ourselves, our behavior and our cultures. Many go as far as to claim that science is all we need to explain the world. But for Mary Midgley, science, while undeniably a key element in this quest, can never be the whole story as it cannot truly explain what it means to be human. In this typically crusading work, universally acclaimed as a classic on first publication, she powerfully asserts her corrective view that without poetry (or literature, or music, or history, even theology) we cannot hope to understand our humanity. Reading this remarkable book, which draws equally on both the great artists and poets for its inspiration, the reader is struck by both the simplicity and power of her argument and the sheer pleasure to be gained from reading one of our most accessible philosophers.

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'A fiercely combative philosopher ! our foremost scourge of scientific pretension.' -- The Guardian

Preface to the Routledge Classics editionp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Visions of Rationalityp. 25
The sources of thoughtp. 27
Knowledge considered as weed-killerp. 37
Rationality and rainbowsp. 51
The shape of disillusionp. 63
Atomistic visions: The quest for permanencep. 80
Memes and other unusual life-formsp. 95
Mind and Body: The End of Apartheidp. 109
Putting our selves together againp. 111
Living in the worldp. 122
The strange persistence of fatalismp. 137
Chessboards and presidents of the immortalsp. 146
Doing science on purposep. 158
One world, but a big onep. 170
A plague on both their housesp. 181
Being scientific about our selvesp. 200
In What Kind of World?p. 215
Widening responsibilitiesp. 217
The problem of humbugp. 227
Individualism and the concept of Gaiap. 237
Gods and goddesses: The role of wonderp. 250
Why there is such a thing as societyp. 260
Paradoxes of sociobiology and social Darwinismp. 268
Mythology, rhetoric and religionp. 276
Notesp. 289
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780415378482
ISBN-10: 0415378486
Series: Routledge Classics (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 1st February 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.76 x 13.06  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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