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Mary Midgley Celebrations

Centenary Celebrations – Mary Midgley

Mary Midgley died last year at the age of 99 – some three weeks after the publication of her 21st and last book, ‘What is Philosophy For?’, crowning a 50 year career as one of the UK’s most relevant and most read philosophers.

On the occasion of the centenary of her birth, her surviving family invite you to celebrate her remarkable life in a way she would have approved, with an afternoon of intense debate and discussion of her ideas and their influence on the world.  There are two celebration events:

Celebrating Mary Midgley at 100

Saturday 7 September, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


  • Ian James Kidd – Thinking as Wide as the World
  • Andrew Brown – Beast, Man and Charles Darwin
  • Alison Assiter – Midgley on Feminism and Women in Philosophy
  • Bob Brecher – What is Philosophy For?
  • Marthe Kiley-Worthington – Are we Continuous with the Rest of the Animal Kingdom?
  • Mara-Daria Cojecaru – Animals in Ethics

Mary Midgley 100th Birthday Memorial: A Philosophical Celebration
Saturday 14 September, Leech Hall St John’s College 3 South Bailey Durham DH1 3RJ, 10:30 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m.


  • Gregory McElwain – An Overview
  • David McNaughton – Midgley on Wickedness
There will be panel discussions on Mary Midgley’s life and work.
For information on each event, please contact David Midgley (
If you’re new to Mary’s work you might like to know about Gregory McElwain’s recent book on Mary Midgley.
Please do pass on this information to colleagues and friends
With thanks,
The Midgley Family