Utopias, Dolphins and Computers: Problems in Philosophical Plumbing

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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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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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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 us a tool box and tells us to get on with it..
Anne Phibrow Philosophy in Review/Comptes rendus philosophiques

...a pleasure to read...these essays...stand as examples of what philosophy is at its best: the persistent attempt to make sense of things in a way which invites others to join in.
Essays in Philosophy

This book has, up to its last chapter, all the strengths and merits of the earlier volumes. Cranston has great mastery of detail and a superb capacity for transparent presentation, for calm assembly of material, and for reaching balanced judgment..
–International Philosophical Quarterly VOL XXXVIII, No 2 Issue 150, June 1998

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