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Mary Midgley (1919–2018)

Author of Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature

Includes the names: Midgley Mary, Mary Midgely, Dr Mary Midgley

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Mary Midgley was born Mary Scrutton in Dulwich, England on September 13, 1919. She was educated at Oxford University. While raising her sons, she reviewed novels and children's books for The New Statesman. She returned to teaching philosophy in 1965 at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She was a moral philosopher who wrote numerous books including Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature, Evolution as a Religion, Science as Salvation: A Modern Myth and Its Meaning, Science and Poetry, The Owl of Minerva, and What Is Philosophy For? She died on October 10, 2018 at the age of 99. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature… (more)
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Mary Midgley, née Scrutton, was born in London, the daughter of a clergyman who served as a Cambridge University chaplain. She was educated at Downe House School, where she developed a love of philosophy and classics.
She attended Oxford University and graduated with first-class honors.
After graduation, she worked for the civil service, and as a teacher at Downe School and Bedford School. In 1947, she returned to Oxford for graduate studies, and then taught in the Philosophy Department of Reading University. In 1950, she married Geoffrey Midgley, with whom she had three children, and lived in Newcastle. She joined the Philosophy Department at Newcastle University in 1962, and taught there until she retired. She is the author of more than 15 books on science, ethics, and animal rights, including Beast and Man (1978), Evolution as a Religion (1985), Science as Salvation (1992) and Science and Poetry (2001). Her autobiography, The Owl of Minerva, was published in 2005.
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