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Utopias, dolphins, and computers : problems in philosophical plumbing

Author: Mary Midgley
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2000, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why do the big philosophical questions so often strike us as far-fetched and little to do with everyday life? Mary Midgley shows that there is a need for philosophy in the real world.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Midgley
ISBN: 0415133777 9780415133777
OCLC Number: 47249760
Description: x, 182 p.
Contents: 1. Philosophical plumbing --
2. Practical utopianism --
3. Homunculus trouble --
4. Myths of intellectual isolation --
5. The use and uselessness of learning --
6. Sex and personal identity --
7. Freedom, feminism and war --
7. The end of anthropocentrism? --
9. Is a dolphin a person? --
10. Sustainability and moral pluralism --
11. Visions: secular, sacred and scientific --
12. Artificial intelligence and creativity.
Responsibility: Mary Midgley.
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"Midgley's style is refreshingly different from that of mainstream philosophers.The book is a good read and shows us some antiquated bits of philosophical plumbing we have been getting by with, hands Read more...

 
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