Science and Poetry

Science and Poetry

by Mary Midgley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415237327

ISBN-13: 9780415237321

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Crude materialism, reduction of mind to body, extreme individualism. All products of a 17th century scientific inheritance which looks at the parts of our existence at the expense of the whole.
Cutting through myths of scientific omnipotence, Mary Midgley explores how this inheritance has so powerfully shaped the way we are, and the problems it has brought with

Overview

Crude materialism, reduction of mind to body, extreme individualism. All products of a 17th century scientific inheritance which looks at the parts of our existence at the expense of the whole.
Cutting through myths of scientific omnipotence, Mary Midgley explores how this inheritance has so powerfully shaped the way we are, and the problems it has brought with it. She argues that poetry and the arts can help reconcile these problems, and counteract generations of 'one-eyed specialists', unable and unwilling to look beyond their own scientific or literary sphere.
Dawkins, Atkins, Bacon and Descartes all come under fire as Midgely sears through contemporary debate, from Gaia to memes, and organic food to greenhouse gases. After years of unquestioned imperialism, science is finally forced to take a step back and acknowledge the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415237321
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.65(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part I: Visions of rationality
1. The sources of thought
2. Knowledge considered as weed-killer
3. Rationality and rainbows
4. The shape of disillusion
5. Atomistic visions: the quest for permanence
6. Memes and other unusual life-forms
Part II: Mind and body: the end of apartheid
7. Putting our selves together again
8. Living in the world
9. The strange persistence of fatalism
10. Chessboards and presidents of the immortals
11. Doing science on purpose
12. One world, but a big one
13. A plague on both their houses
14. Being scientific about our selves
Part III: In what kind of world?
15. Widening responsibilities
16. The problem of humbug
17. Individualism and the concept of Gaia
18. Gods and the goddesses: the role of wonder
19. Why there is such a thing as society
20. Paradoxes of sociobiology and social Darwinism
21. Mythology, rhetoric and religion
Notes
Index

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