Evolution as a Religion / Edition 2

Evolution as a Religion / Edition 2

by Mary Midgley, Midgley Mary
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415278324
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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. Her latest book is Science and Poetry.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction to the Routledge Classics Edition
1Evolutionary Dramas1
2Do Science and Religion Compete?11
3Demarcation Disputes22
4The Irresistible Escalator33
5Choosing a World40
6The Problem of Direction54
7Scientist and Superscientist64
8Dazzling Prospects76
9Black Holes: Jacques Monod and the Isolation of 'Science'86
10Freedom and the Monte Carlo Drama95
11Scientific Education and Human Transience104
12Mixed Antitheses112
13Science, Scepticism and Awe122
14The Service of Self and the Service of Kali134
15Who or What is Selfish?143
16Dreaming and Waking155
17The Limits of Individualism163
18The Vulnerable World and Its Claims on Us174
Notes192
Index201

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