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Utopias, Dolphins and Computers

Problems in Philosophical Plumbing


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Utopias, Dolphins and Computers by Mary Midgley
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In Utopias, Dolphins and Computers Mary Midgley looks at the chronic difficulties of thinking straight about large-scale problems. What has been described as her 'clarity, warmth of tone and gentle wit' leads us towards a solution; philosophy, she argues, offers a way to solve some highly contemporary problems. How can we bring philosophy into the real world? By using it to consider issues such as environmental sustainability; educational ones such as the separation of teaching from research; and gender problems such as the kind of autonomy women are aiming for. From 'Freedom, Feminism and War' to 'Artificial Intelligence and Creativity', this book searches for what is distorting our judgement and helps us to see more clearly the dramas which are unfolding in the world around us.

Author Biography

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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March 2nd, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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