Myths We Live By / Edition 1

Myths We Live By / Edition 1

by Mary Midgley
     
 

Britain's foremost living philosopher argues that myth, far from being in opposition to, is actually part and parcel of science. According to Midgley, myths are neither lies nor stories, but a network of powerful symbols that suggest particular ways of interpreting the world. In this interpretation she demolishes three of our most potent myths: the myth of the… See more details below

Overview

Britain's foremost living philosopher argues that myth, far from being in opposition to, is actually part and parcel of science. According to Midgley, myths are neither lies nor stories, but a network of powerful symbols that suggest particular ways of interpreting the world. In this interpretation she demolishes three of our most potent myths: the myth of the social contract, the myth of progress, and the myth of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415309066
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/24/2003
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1How myths work1
2Our place in the world7
3Progress, science and modernity13
4Thought has many forms21
5The aims of reduction29
6Dualistic dilemmas36
7Motives, materialism and megalomania43
8What action is47
9Tidying the inner scene: why memes?56
10The sleep of reason produces monsters61
11Getting rid of the ego68
12Cultural evolution?75
13Selecting the selectors82
14Is reason sex-linked?88
15The journey from freedom to desolation94
16Biotechnology and the yuk factor102
17The new alchemy108
18The supernatural engineer114
19Heaven and earth, an awkward history122
20Science looks both ways128
21Are you an animal?135
22Problems about parsimony142
23Denying animal consciousness146
24Beasts versus the biosphere?153
25Some practical dilemmas158
26Problems of living with otherness163
27Changing ideas of wildness169
Notes176
Index185

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