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Durham University

Special Collections

Mary and Geoff Midgley Papers

Mary Midgley was one of the UK’s most prominent public philosophers. Her work covers a broad range of themes, including human nature, non-human animals, environmental issues, science, the connection between thinking, feeling, and imagination, and the role that philosophy has to play in public life.

Mary Midgley, in academic dress for receipt of Honorary D.Litt., at Castle, Durham University

Mary Midgley (1919-2018), on the occasion of her award with an Honorary D.Litt. by Durham University, 1995
(ref MID/E/3, reproduced with permission)

The Mary and Geoff Midgley Papers collection gathers together published and unpublished materials, including books, articles, drafts, radio scripts, and correspondence relating to Mary Midgley’s life and work. It also contains work by Mary’s husband, Geoff Midgley, a philosopher specialising in logic and the philosophy of language. We are grateful to Mary for donating her papers to Durham University so that future generations of thinkers can access them and continue her work.

More information on Mary’s life can be found within the Collection Guide for the Midgley papers (see also the online obituaries linked from the same).

Notes from a Biscuit Tin (external website)

Notes from a Biscuit Tin is a year-long worldwide series of conversations between poets and philosophers, held to mark the centenary of Mary Midgley’s birth. Follow this link to learn more about these events and to find out how you can get involved.

These pages have been created by Dr Liz McKinnell as part of an AHRC funded project exploring the connections between the work and lives of Mary Midgley, Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, and Iris Murdoch.