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The Ethical Primate
Humans, Freedom and Morality

ISBN 9780415132244
Published March 26, 1996 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

In The Ethical Primate, Mary Midgley, 'one of the sharpest critical pens in the West' according to the Times Literary Supplement, addresses the fundamental question of human freedom.
Scientists and philosophers have found it difficult to understand how each human-being can be a living part of the natural world and still be free. Midgley explores their responses to this seeming paradox and argues that our evolutionary origin explains both why and how human freedom and morality have come about.



Mary Midgley (1919-2018) was one of the most renowned moral philosophers of her generation and the author of many books, including Beast and Man, Wickedness and The Myths We Live By. She has taken part in many broadcast events, including The Moral Maze and Woman's Hour.


'Clarity of thought and exposition epitomise this book.' - The Times

'This is common-sense philosophy of the highest order.' - Financial Times

'Totally devoid of philosophical jargon and almost every page has a memorable phrase or striking image, as well as a fine sweep of reference ... a deeply humane and attractive book.' - Philosophy Now