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Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Evolution and the Meaning of Life

  • Author: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1439126291
  • Category: Science
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In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

Darwin's DNA

Darwin's DNA

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  • Publisher: MSAC Philosophy Group
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Darwin's DNA: A Brief Introduction to Evolutionary Philosophy

Darwin's DNA: A Brief Introduction to Evolutionary Philosophy

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Darwin's DNA: A Brief Introduction to Evolutiionary Philossophy

Darwin's DNA: A Brief Introduction to Evolutiionary Philossophy

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C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea

C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea

In Defense of the Argument from Reason

  • Author: Victor Reppert
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 9780830874651
  • Category: Religion
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Who ought to hold claim to the more dangerous idea--Charles Darwin or C. S. Lewis? Daniel Dennett argued for Darwin in Darwin's Dangerous Idea (Touchstone Books, 1996). In this book Victor Reppert champions C. S. Lewis. Darwinists attempt to use science to show that our world and its inhabitants can be fully explained as the product of a mindless, purposeless system of physics and chemistry. But Lewis claimed in his argument from reason that if such materialism or naturalism were true then scientific reasoning itself could not be trusted. Victor Reppert believes that Lewis's arguments have been too often dismissed. In C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea Reppert offers careful, able development of Lewis's thought and demonstrates that the basic thrust of Lewis's argument from reason can bear up under the weight of the most serious philosophical attacks. Charging dismissive critics, Christian and not, with ad hominem arguments, Reppert also revisits the debate and subsequent interaction between Lewis and the philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe. And addressing those who might be afflicted with philosophical snobbery, Reppert demonstrates that Lewis's powerful philosophical instincts perhaps ought to place him among those other thinkers who, by contemporary standards, were also amateurs: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke and Hume. But even more than this, Reppert's work exemplifies the truth that the greatness of Lewis's mind is best measured, not by his ability to do our thinking for us, but by his capacity to provide sound direction for taking our own thought further up and further in.

The Evolutionists

The Evolutionists

American Thinkers Confront Charles Darwin, 1860–1920

  • Author: J. David Hoeveler
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • ISBN: 0742579328
  • Category: History
  • Page: 278
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Charles Darwin's book The Origin of Species, published in 1859, had a wide impact in the United States and influenced thinking in many different fields of intellectual inquiry. The Evolutionists examines the major American thinkers who addressed Darwin's ideas and gave them applications. The book reviews the controversies evolutionary thinking introduced in science, religion, sociology, feminism, economics, law, and philosophy.

Darwin's Dice

Darwin's Dice

The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin

  • Author: Curtis Johnson
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199361436
  • Category: Science
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For evolutionary biologists, the concept of chance has always played a significant role in the formation of evolutionary theory. As far back as Greek antiquity, chance and "luck" were key factors in understanding the natural world. Chance is not just an important concept; it is an entire way of thinking about nature. And as Curtis Johnson shows, it is also one of the key ideas that separates Charles Darwin from other systematic biologists of his time. Studying the concept of chance in Darwin's writing reveals core ideas in his theory of evolution, as well as his reflections on design, purpose, and randomness in nature's progression over the course of history. In Darwin's Dice: The Idea of Chance in the Thought of Charles Darwin, Curtis Johnson examines Darwin's early notebooks, his collected correspondence (now in 19 volumes), and most of his published writing to trace the evolution of his ideas about chance in evolution. This proved to be one of Darwin's most controversial ideas among his reading public, so much so that it drew hostile reactions even from Darwin's scientific friends, not to mention the more general reader. The firestorm of criticism forced Darwin to forge a retreat, not in terms of removing chance from his theory--his commitment to it was unshakable--but in terms of how he chose to present his theory. Briefly, by changing his wording and by introducing metaphors and images (the stone-house metaphor, the evolution of giraffes, and others), Darwin succeeded in making his ideas seem less threatening than before without actually changing his views. Randomness remained a focal point for Darwin throughout his life. Through the lens of randomness, Johnson reveals implications of Darwin's views for religion, free will, and moral theory. Darwin's Dice presents a new way to look at Darwinist thought and the writings of Charles Darwin.