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Turning Images in Philosophy, Science, and ReligionA New Book of Nature$
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Charles Taliaferro and Jil Evans

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563340.001.0001

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Darwinian Tensions

Darwinian Tensions

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(p.46) Three Darwinian Tensions
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Turning Images in Philosophy, Science, and Religion
Author(s):

Anthony O'Hear

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563340.003.0004

There are conceptual tensions in Darwin's own writings on natural selection. It is not clear how far his reading of the theory still has teleological overtones or presupposes a direction of evolution towards greater complexity and perfection. What is clear is that in his application of the theory to humanity there is virtually no difference between Darwin himself and what has come to be denigrated as ‘social Darwinism’. It is also suggested that Darwinism may be compatible with a far more ‘anthropic’ reading of creation than interpreters like Monod suggest.

Keywords:   evolution, Darwin, intelligent design, C. S. Peirce, Behe, Dembski, Hume, Thomas Nagel, anthropic principle

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