Wisdom, Information & Wonder - What is Knowledge For?
Midgley (Mary)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. The point of knowledge cannot be just to store it. Traditionally, the value of knowledge centred on understanding - on the power to see the connections of things, to wonder at them, and so to live wisely. Today, knowledge is pursued more vehemently and expensively than ever before and specialization continually fragments both the knowledge and the minds of the knowers.
  2. Mary Midgley argues that what is needed is more emphasis on understanding. She contends that science should no longer be isolated from other enquiries and philosophy should once more take up its wider role of finding the connections between things.
  3. Mary Midgley is the author of
    • Beast and Man,
    • Heart and Mind,
    • Animals and Why They Matter,
    • Women’s Choices,
    • Wickedness, and
    • Evolution as a Religion.

Contents
    Acknowledgements – ix
  1. Part 1: Can Specialization Damage Your Health?
    1. Moon-Monsters And Free People – 3
    2. Wisdom And Contemplation – 12
    3. The City Of Organized Thought And Its Town-Planners – 23
  2. Part 2: The Role Of Science
    1. Scepticism And Personal Identity – 33
    2. Personal And Impersonal – 47
    3. Autonomy And Isolationism – 55
    4. Rigour And The Natural History Of Controversy – 63
    5. The Seclusion Of Science – 74
  3. Part 3 The Rolf. Of Philosophy
    1. Can Philosophy Be Neutral? – 93
    2. The Work Of Purification – 107
    3. The Problem Of The Unknown – 115
    4. The Question Of Certainty And The Real Philosophical Revolution – 124
    5. What Foundations Are – 134
    6. Moore And The Withdrawal Of Moral Philosophy – 144
    7. Facts And Values – 154
    8. The Flight From Blame – 164
    9. The Clash Of Systems – 177
    10. Empiricism And The Unspeakable – 185
    11. What Empiricism Is – 196
    12. Style And Substance – 206
    13. Language For Solitaries – 217
    14. Escaping From Solitude – 226
    15. Philosophizing Out In The World – 239
    Suggestions for further reading – 255
    Notes – 258
    Index – 271

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Routledge, 1991, paperback



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