Mary Midgley

Mary Midgley is a professional philosopher whose special interests are in the relations between humans and the rest of nature, and in the troubled frontier between science and religion (particularly in cases where science becomes a religion).

Born in 1919 she took her university degree in Classics, Philosophy and Ancient History at Oxford during the war. After graduate work, she lectured in Philosophy, first at the University of Reading, then at that of Newcastle on Tyne, where she became a Senior Lecturer. She still lives in Newcastle.

She is the author of many books, including Heart and Mind: The Varieties of Moral Experience; The Ethical Primate; Science as Salvation; Utopias, Dolphins and Computers and Animals and Why They Matter for which she was awarded in 1986 (jointly with Konrad Lorenz) the Premio Gambrinus Giuseppe Mazzotti.

The Solitary Self was published by Acumen Publishing, followed by her latest book Are You an Illusion?