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The Ethical Primate. Anthony Freeman in discussion with Mary Midgley

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[opening paragraph}: The latest book by moral philosopher Mary Midgley prompted Anthony Freeman to consider some of the cultural and ethical aspects of consciousness and to discuss them with the author. What have ethics to do with consciousness? First, it is consciousness that makes morality possible. Second, neither subject fits comfortably into currently popular reductive schemes. As a consequence both have tended to be isolated in a ghetto, shut off from the rest of the intellectual scene. So believes Mary Midgley, and in The Ethical Primate she seeks to open up the ghetto for the good of those on both sides of its walls.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: January 1, 1995

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