The Myths We Live By, Mary Midgley
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The Myths We Live By

Author: Mary Midgley

Narrator: Hillary Huber

Unabridged: 8 hr 55 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Gildan Audio

Published: 11/01/2017

Genre: Philosophy - Ethics & Moral Philosophy

Synopsis

Myths, as Mary Midgley argues in this powerful audiobook, are everywhere. In political thought they sit at the heart of theories of human nature and the social contract; in economics in the pursuit of self interest; and in science the idea of human beings as machines, which originates in the seventeenth century, is a today a potent force. Far from being the opposite of science, however, Midgley argues that myth is a central part of it. Myths are neither lies nor mere stories but a network of powerful symbols for interpreting the world. Tackling a dazzling array of subjects such as philosophy, evolutionary psychology, animals, consciousness and the environment in her customary razor-sharp prose, The Myths We Live By reminds us of the powerful role of symbolism and the need to take our imaginative life seriously.

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