Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415289870
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Midgley (1919-). A philosopher with a special interest in ethics, human nature, and science, Mary Midgley has a widespread international following for her work.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction to Revised Edition
Introduction to First Edition
Pt. I Conceptual Problems of an Unusual Species
1 Have We a Nature? 3
2 Animals and the Problem of Evil 24
3 Instinct, Nature, and Purpose 49
Pt. II Art and Science in Psychology
4 Directions without a Director 83
5 On Taking Motives Seriously 101
6 Altruism and Egoism 111
Pt. III Signposts
7 Up and Down 139
8 Evolution and Practical Thinking 158
9 Facts and Values 169
Pt. IV The Marks of Man
10 Speech and Other Excellences 195
11 On Being Animal as well as Rational 243
12 Why We Need a Culture 273
Pt. V The Common Heritage
13 The Unity of Life 309
Bibliography 351
Index 357
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