Utopias, Dolphins, and Computers; Problems in Philosophical Plumbing

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Overview

Why do the big philosophical questions so often strike us as far-fetched and little to with everyday life? Mary Midgley shows that it need not be that way; she shows that there is a need for philosophy in the real world. Her popularity as one of our foremost philosophers is based on a no-nonsense, down-to-earth approach to fundamental human problems, philosphical or otherwise. In Utopias, Dolphins and Computers she makes her case for philosophy as a difficult but necessary tool for solving some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary society.
How should we treat animals? Why are we so confused about the value of education? What is at stake in feminism? Why should we sustain our environment? Why do we think intelligent computers will save us? Mary Midgley argues that philosophy not only can, but should be used in thinking about these questions.
Utopias, Dolphins and Computers will make fascinating reading for philosophers, educationalists, feminists, environmentalists and indeed anyone interested in the questions of philosophy, ethics and life.

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Argues that philosophy is not a mere academic exercise, but a necessary tool for solving some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary society. Philosopher/author Midgley applies moral philosophy to the following real world issues: environmental sustainability, the treatment of animals, our confusion over the value of education, what is at stake in feminism, and why we believe that intelligent computers will save us. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415133777
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Midgley is a moral philosopher. Until her retirement in 1980 she was Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Newcastle.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Philosophical Plumbing 1
2 Practical Utopianism 15
3 Homunculus Trouble 27
4 Myths of Intellectual Isolation 41
5 The Use and Uselessness of Learning 55
6 Sex and Personal Identity 73
7 Freedom, Feminism and War 85
8 The End of Anthropocentrism? 97
9 Is a Dolphin a Person? 107
10 Sustainability and Moral Pluralism 119
11 Visions: Secular, Sacred and Scientific 135
12 Artificial Intelligence and Creativity 151
Notes 175
Index 180
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