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Durham University acquires archive of world-famous philosopher Mary Midgley

(15 November 2018)

Credit: Dr Clare Mac Cumhaill

Durham University’s Palace Green Library has acquired the archive of the world-famous philosopher Mary Midgley.

Mary Midgley was one of the world's leading philosophers and her work continues to shape the way we think about human life and our relation to each other, to animals, and to nature.

Born in London, Mary lived in Newcastle upon Tyne for many years until her recent death at the age of 99.

She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Durham University in 1995.

The archive is a major acquisition for Palace Green Library containing materials relating to Mary’s philosophical work including published articles, talks, notes and correspondence.

Professor Anthony O’Hear, President of the Royal Institute of Philosophy said: “Mary Midgley, who sadly died very recently, became an increasingly significant figure in philosophy and in wider public debates over the past few decades.

“The launch of her archive in Durham is a significant moment in the intellectual history of our times, and The Royal Institute of Philosophy is proud to be associated with it.”

For more information contact Dr Clare Mac Cumhaill on telephone +44 (0)191 33 46587 or email:

Related links:

Palace Green Library

Department of Philosophy

The (In Parenthesis) Project