Wisdom, Information and Wonder: What is Knowledge For?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Wisdom, Information and Wonder

What is Knowledge For?, 1st Edition

By Mary Midgley


286 pages

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In this book one of Britain's leading philosophers tackles a question at the root of our civilisation: What is knowledge for? Midgley rejects the fragmentary and specialized way in which information is conveyed in the high-tech world, and criticizes conceptions of philosophy that support this mode of thinking.


'The writing is fluid, clear and graceful … a rewarding book to read.' - Social Science Quarterly

'Midgley is very good on the hidden moral agenda behind much "value free" science' - Times Literary Supplement

'Midgley bravely strives to re-assert the unfashionable idea that the search for knowledge in general and philosophy in particular ought to have something to do with the acquisition of wisdom by individuals and with our living better as individuals and as communities.' - Anthony O'Hear, Philosophy

'Our educatonal mentors would do well to heed the author's plea for a redress of the balance between understanding and mere accumulation of information.' - The Scientific & Medical Network

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