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    Are You an Illusion? (Heretics) (Paperback) By (author) Mary Midgley

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    DescriptionIn Are You an Illusion? today's scientific orthodoxy, which treats the self as nothing more than an elaborate illusion, comes under spirited attack. In an impassioned defence of the importance of our own thoughts, feelings and experiences, Mary Midgley shows that there's much more to our selves than a jumble of brain cells. Exploring the remarkable gap that has opened up between our understanding of our own sense of self and today's science, she exposes some very odd claims and muddled thinking on the part of cognitive scientists and psychologists when they talk about the self and shows that many well-known philosophical problems in causality and free have been glossed over. Midgley argues powerfully and persuasively that the rich variety of our imaginative life cannot be contained in the narrow bounds of a highly puritanical materialism that simply equates brain and self. Engaging with the work of prominent thinkers, Midgley investigates the source of our current attitudes to the self and reveals how ideas, traditions and myths have been twisted to fit in, seemingly naturally, with science's current preoccupation with the physical and, in doing so, have made many other valuable activities and ideas appear as anti-scientific. Midgley shows that the subjective sources of thought - our own experiences - are every bit as necessary in helping to explain the world as the objective ones such as brain cells. Are You an Illusion? offers a salutary analysis of science's claim to have done away with the self and a characteristic injection of common sense from one of our most respected philosophers into a debate increasingly in need of it.


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    Title
    Are You an Illusion?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mary Midgley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844657926
    ISBN 10: 1844657922
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BISAC V2.8: PHI004000
    LC classification: B
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI013000
    DC22: 126
    BIC subject category V2: HPM
    Abridged Dewey: 149
    BISAC V2.8: PHI015000
    DC23: 126
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/PHILAS
    Thema V1.0: QDTJ, QDTM
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Acumen Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    30 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Durham
    Author Information
    Mary Midgley is one of the most respected moral philosophers of her generation and the author of many books including The Solitary Self (2010).
    Review quote
    "It is a very big little book. Midgley manages in just 150 pages to say more than most scholars manage in a lifetime. ... Midgley combines both the ability to place intellectual fashions in their broader context with having lived long enough to personally witness the rise and fall of many of them. ...in this bite-size book she digests some of the toughest intellectual challenges of our day." -- Stephen Cave, Financial Times
    Table of contents
    Introduction: Are we losing ourselves? 1. Changing relations to the cosmos 2. Sciencephobia and its sources 3. Transcendent numbers: Pythagoras and Plato 4. What explanation is 5. Why the idea of purpose won't go away 6. Is sexual selection natural? 7. The search for senselessness 8. The beasts that perish 9. Free will, not just free won't 10. How divided selves live 11. Hemispheres and holism 12. The supernatural aspects of physics Conclusion: On being still here. Index