Worksheets for young people
These worksheets have been designed to introduce two of Mary Midgley's most important ideas: Philosophical Plumbing and Gaia theory. Both cover themes that are relevant to the pandemic and the broader environmental crisis.
This project aims to encourage more and different kinds of thinking. For more information about our work visit Women In Parenthesis.
Once you have completed the worksheets download your certificate!
Mary was interested in the way that our thinking can go wrong. She thought that philosophy (the kind of thinking that philosophers do) was a bit like plumbing. Download a worksheet and find out why!
Mary Midgley cared deeply about the natural world and was a pioneering environmental philosopher. She embraced Gaia theory, the idea of the earth as a living organism like a plant or animal.
We would be extremely grateful if parents, guardians & teachers could help us by completing a brief (5 minute) survey which will help inform and improve our practice. As a thank you for your time and thoughts, we will send you an electronic copy of Mary Midgley’s unpublished radio talk, ‘Rings and Books’. This talk was written in 1953 and reflects on family life and philosophy.