The Myths We Live By / Edition 1

The Myths We Live By / Edition 1

by Mary Midgley
     
 

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.See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415340779
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/10/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
930,643
Product dimensions:
0.43(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(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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