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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415133784
ISBN-10: 0415133785
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » One of Britain's foremost moral philosophers, Midgley has written a wonderful and rather startling extended essay on the place of philosophy in today's world. Central to her argument is the questioning of the widely held belief that philosophy is difficult, intangible and irrelevant. However, Midgley shows that it is the backbone of the system by which we approach the individual matters of real life, providing the consistency by which we are able to make decisions. She makes her case by applying philosophical reasoning to problems such as the value of education and the environment. Her writing is beguiling and witty, while her clarity is a fitting antidote to the complexity of writers such as Hegel. In her hands, philosophy is reborn as both universally essential and intrinsically personal. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Mary Midgley

Mary Midgley is a moral philosopher. Until her retirement in 1980 she was Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle.

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