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The Myths We Live By - Mary Midgley

The Myths We Live By

Paperback Published: 10th June 2004
ISBN: 9780415340779
Number Of Pages: 208

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Mary Midgley argues in her powerful new book that far from being the opposite of science, myth is a central part of it. In brilliant prose, she claims that myths are neither lies nor mere stories but a network of powerful symbols that suggest particular ways of interpreting the world. ' An elegant and sane little book. Unusually for a philosopher, Midgley has a superb ear for the use and misuse of language .' - Edward Skidelsky, New Statesman ' She has, perhaps, the sharpest perception of any living thinker of the dangerous extremism that lurks behind so much contemporary scientistic discourse ...Merely as anthologies of contemporary folly, Midgley's books are essential reading ...we have Mary Midgley among us. We should pay attention and be grateful .' - Brian Appleyard, The Sunday Times

"An elegant and sane little book. Unusually for a philosopher, Midgley has a superb ear for the use and misuse of language." -Edward Skidelsky, New Statesman "She has, perhaps, the sharpest perception of any living thinker of the dangerous extremism that lurks behind so much contemporary scientistic discourse ... Merely as anthologies of contemporary folly, Midgley's books are essential reading ... we have Mary Midgley among us. We should pay attention and be grateful." -Brian Appleyard, The Sunday Times

Acknowledgementsp. ix
How Myths Workp. 1
Our Place in the Worldp. 7
Progress, Science and Modernityp. 13
Thought Has Many Formsp. 21
The Aims of Reductionp. 29
Dualistic Dilemmasp. 36
Motives, Materialism and Megalomaniap. 43
What Action Isp. 47
Tidying the Inner Scenep. 56
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monstersp. 61
Getting Rid of the Egop. 68
Cultural Evolution?p. 75
Selecting the Selectorsp. 82
Is Reason Sex-Linked?p. 88
The Journey from Freedom to Desolationp. 94
Biotechnology and the Yuk Factorp. 102
The New Alchemyp. 108
The Supernatural Engineerp. 114
Heaven and Earthp. 122
Science Looks Both Waysp. 128
Are You an Animal?p. 135
Problems About Parsimonyp. 142
Denying Animal Consciousnessp. 146
Beasts Versus the Biosphere?p. 153
Some Practical Dilemmasp. 158
Problems of Living with Othernessp. 163
Changing Ideas of Wildnessp. 169
Notesp. 176
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780415340779
ISBN-10: 0415340772
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 10th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 13.92  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 2

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