Science as Salvation: A Modern Myth and its Meaning (Gifford Lectures ; 1990)

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What is the role of scientists in society? What should we think when they talk about more than just science? Mary Midgley discusses the high spiritual ambitions which tend to gather around the notion of science.

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Mary Midgley, former Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Newcastle, has written many books, among them Evolution as a Religion and Wisdom, Information and Wonder, both available from Routledge.

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Midgley is a witty, sometimes brilliant writer . . . Science as Salvation is a cut above most attempts to offer a serious critique of science because it does so with precision and attention.
New Scientist

Her book is a learned, deep and witty critique of the pretensions of scientists who extrapolate larger visions of the cosmos and of the place of humans in it.
Christian Century

Mary Midgley is a philosopher with what many have come to admire, and some to fear, as one of the sharpest critical pens in the West.
Times Literary Supplement

... excellent ... It is a rarity among books on the philosophy of science in that it is at once beautifully written, interesting, cogent, and coherent.
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