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Mary Midgley argues in her powerful new book that far from being the opposite of science, myth is a central part of it. In brilliant prose, she claims that myths are neither lies nor mere stories but a network of powerful symbols that suggest particular ways of interpreting the world.
'For those who haven't yet read Midgley, these essays are an excellent place to start.' - Jon Turney, The Guardian
'An elegant and sane little book. Unusually for a philosopher, Midgley has a superb ear for the use and misuse of language.' - Edward Skidelsky, New Statesman
'She has, perhaps, the sharpest perception of any living thinker of the dangerous extremism that lurks behind so much contemporary scientistic discourse … Merely as anthologies of contemporary folly, Midgley's books are essential reading … we have Mary Midgley among us. We should pay attention and be grateful.' - Brian Appleyard, The Sunday Times
'[Mary Midgley's] latest book is full of good sense and illumination on many topics … Midgley's pathbreaking efforts should be warmly welcomed.' - The Philosopher's Magazine
'Mary's voice, sane, clear and brooking no nonsense, speaks crisply from every page, debunking scientific and non-scientific pretensions alike. A chapter each evening will help me keep sane.' - The Sunday Times
'Christian readers will be sympathetic abd find much material for helpful reflection on the topics chosen.' - The Gospel and Our Culture Network