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‘Rings and Books’ by Mary Midgley

Midgley wrote this essay in the mid-1950s for BBC radio. In her memoir The Owl of Minerva, she recalls: “I wrote it because I had suddenly been struck by the fact that nearly all the famous philosophers whose lives we know about were lifelong bachelors...

Iris Murdoch lifeline

Jean Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)   1919       15 July: Born in Phibsborough, Ireland, to Irene Alice and Wills John Hughes Murdoch.   1925       Entered the Froebel Demonstration School, Roehampton.   1932       Joined...

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‘Rings and Books’ by Mary Midgley

Midgley wrote this essay in the mid-1950s for BBC radio. In her memoir The Owl of Minerva, she recalls:

“I wrote it because I had suddenly been struck by the fact that nearly all the famous philosophers whose lives we know about were lifelong bachelors…

Philippa Foot ‘Sir’ letter

Photo of Certificate, Photo of letter, Guidance Qs (t. b. w) In May 1983, Philippa Foot was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was sent a rather grand certificate (click to enlarge) informing...

Then and Now

by Mary Midgley Mary Midgley Considers How What Is Called Philosophy Has Changed Since She And Her Friends First Plunged Into It Changes In World-Pictures. When we four people started studying Philosophy at Oxford in the early...

Iris Murdoch lifeline

Jean Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)   1919       15 July: Born in Phibsborough, Ireland, to Irene Alice and Wills John Hughes Murdoch.   1925       Entered the Froebel Demonstration School, Roehampton.   1932       Joined...

Philippa Foot lifeline

Philippa Ruth Foot (1920-2010)   1920       3 October: Born to Esther Cleveland and Captain William Sidney Bence Bosanquet.   1939       Studied PPE at Somerville College, Oxford. She graduated in 1942, with first-class...

Mary Midgley lifeline

Mary Beatrice Midgley (1919-   1919       13 September: Born in London to Lesley and Tom Scrutton.   1937       Took the Oxford University entrance exam, and was awarded a place at Somerville College, studying...

Elizabeth Anscombe lifeline

Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe (1919-2001) 1919       18 March: Born to Gertrude Elizabeth Anscombe and Allen Wells Anscombe, in Limerick, Ireland.   1937       Graduated from Sydenham High School. From there, she went on...

Interview with Mary Warnock

Last week Liza, Clare and I went along with Lindsay (our film-crew!), to interview Mary Warnock at her London home. We’ll be posting some sound-extracts from the interview here in the coming weeks (along with some from our...

Interview with Mary Midgley

Clare, Luna, and I went along to interview Mary Midgley today at her home in Newcastle. We spent an incredible 90 minutes learning about life in Oxford during the 1930s and 40s, and hearing her thoughts on the contemporary lot...

Interview with Mary Midgley

Mary Midgley has generously offered us her time on Monday, so we’re off to interview her about the Golden Age of female philosophy! We’ve got our own list of questions, but if there’s anything you think we...

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