Wickedness / Edition 2

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Overview

To look into the darkness of the human soul is a frightening venture. Here Mary Midgley does so, with her customary brilliance and clarity. Midgley's analysis proves that the capacity for real wickedness is an inevitable part of human nature. This is not however a blanket acceptance of evil. Out of this dark journey she returns with an offering to us: an understanding of human nature that enhances our very humanity.

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Editorial Reviews

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' I have now read the book twice, not because it is difficult (on the contrary it reads with the ease and elegance of Bertrand Russell), but because it is so stimulating.' - Brian Masters, The Spectator
Steven Rose
Mary Midgely is a philosopher with what many have come to admire, and some to fear, as one of the sharpest critical pens in the West.
Guardian
Mary Midgley may be the most frightening philosopher in the country: the one before whom it is least pleasant to appear a fool.
Listener
Mrs Midgley has set out to delineate not so much the nature as the sources of wickedness. Though she calls the book a philosophical essay, it is more a contribution to psychology. The book is clearly written, with a refreshing absence of technical jargon, and each chapter is followed by a useful summary of its principal arguments.
Spectator
I have now read the book twice, not because it is difficult (on the contrary it reads with the ease and elegance of Bertrand Russell), but because it is so stimulating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415253987
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,006,807
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Midgley (1919-), a philosopher with a special interest in ethics, human nature and science, has a widespread international following for her work. Other publications include The Ethical Primate, Science as Salvation, Utopias, Dolphins and Computers and, most recently, Science and Poetry

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition
Preface
1 The Problem of Natural Evil 1
2 Intelligibility and Immoralism 17
3 The Elusiveness of Responsibility 49
4 Understanding Aggression 74
5 Fates, Causes and Free-will 95
6 Selves and Shadows 116
7 The Instigators 136
8 Death-wish 158
9 Evil in Evolution 179
Notes 208
Index 225
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