Evolution as a Religion Strange Hopes and Stranger Fears

ISBN-10: 0415278333
ISBN-13: 9780415278331
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
Authors: Mary Midgley
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Description: According to a profile in The Guardian, Mary Midgley is 'the foremost scourge of scientific pretensions in this country; someone whose wit is admired even by those who feel she sometimes oversteps the mark'. Considered one of Britain's finest  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/29/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

According to a profile in The Guardian, Mary Midgley is 'the foremost scourge of scientific pretensions in this country; someone whose wit is admired even by those who feel she sometimes oversteps the mark'. Considered one of Britain's finest philosophers, Midgley exposes the illogical logic of poor doctrines that shelter themselves behind the prestige of science. Always at home when taking on the high priests of evolutionary theory - Dawkins, Wilson, and their acolytes - she has famously described evolution as 'the creation-myth of our age'. In Evolution as a Religion she examines how science comes to be used as a substitute for religion and points out how badly that role distorts it. As ever, her argument is flawlessly insightful: a punchy, compelling, lively indictment of these misuses of science. Both the book and its author are true classics of our time.

Jack Zipes was formerly Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. An acclaimed translator and scholar of children's literature and culture, his most recent books include Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller and Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children, both published by Routledge.Mary Midgley is a moral philosopher and the author of many books including Wickedness , Evolution as a Religion , Beast and Man and Science and Poetry . All are published in Routledge Classics.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Evolutionary Dramas
Do Science and Religion Compete?
Demarcation Disputes
The Irresistible Escalator
Choosing a World
The Problem of Direction
Scientist and Superscientist
Dazzling Prospects
Black Holes: Jacques Monod and the Isolation of 'science'
Freedom and the Monte Carlo Drama
Scientific Education and Human Transience
Mixed Antitheses
Science, Scepticism and Awe
The Service of Self and the Service of Kali
Who or What is Selfish?
Dreaming and Waking
The Limits of Individualism
The Vulnerable World and Its Claims on Us
Notes
Index

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