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Mary Midgley

1919 - 2018

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Mary Beatrice Midgley (née Scrutton; 13 September 1919 – 10 October 2018) was a British philosopher. A senior lecturer in philosophy at Newcastle University, she was known for her work on science, ethics and animal rights. She wrote her first book, Beast and Man (1978), when she was in her late fifties, and went on to write over 15 more, including Animals and Why They Matter (1983), Wickedness (1984), The Ethical Primate (1994), Evolution as a Religion (1985), and Science as Salvation (1992). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Midgley has received more than 268,312 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Mary Midgley is the 1,163rd most popular philosopher (down from 1,069th in 2019), the 4,816th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 4,613th in 2019) and the 90th most popular British Philosopher.

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  • 17

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  • 2.36

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  • 3.27

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Among philosophers, Mary Midgley ranks 1,163 out of 1,081Before her are Susan Haack, C. I. Lewis, Homi K. Bhabha, Wahiduddin Khan, J. J. C. Smart, and Roderick Chisholm. After her are Wendy Brown, Stanley Fish, Michael Novak, Cornel West, David Benatar, and Peter Kreeft.

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Among people born in 1919, Mary Midgley ranks 292Before her are Lawrence Stone, Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, Kaifi Azmi, Kurt Wires, Marie Windsor, and Phyllis Thaxter. After her are Betty Garrett, Edward Brooke, Ernie Kovacs, Alexander Courage, Alla Rakha, and Kitty Wells. Among people deceased in 2018, Mary Midgley ranks 428Before her are Marielle Franco, Bud Luckey, Stanley Anderson, John Perry Barlow, Daniel Akaka, and Ken Berry. After her are Yuriy Tyukalov, László Fábián, Thomas Bopp, Reg E. Cathey, Ennio Fantastichini, and Jim Neidhart.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mary Midgley ranks 4,816 out of 7,765Before her are Doug Sampson (1957), George Grove (1820), Stephanie Beacham (1947), Stephen Wiltshire (1974), Bryan Forbes (1926), and Louise Brown (1978). After her are Herbert Kenneth Airy Shaw (1902), Alexander Albon (1996), Kate Mosse (1961), Terence Davies (1945), William Morgan (1547), and Victoria Tennant (1950).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Mary Midgley ranks 90Before her are Mark Fisher (1968), Bernard Bosanquet (1848), C. H. Dodd (1884), Peter Geach (1916), Susan Haack (1945), and J. J. C. Smart (1920). After her are Nick Land (1962), James Dunn (1939), Dugald Stewart (1753), Mary Warnock, Baroness Warnock (1924), Richard Crashaw (1612), and Kwame Anthony Appiah (1954).