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David Fergusson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569380.001.0001

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Morality, Art, and Religion: Invention or Discovery?

Morality, Art, and Religion: Invention or Discovery?

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(p.91) 4 Morality, Art, and Religion: Invention or Discovery?
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Faith and Its Critics
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David Fergusson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569380.003.0005

This chapter argues against neo-Darwinian totalising claims that the world as people know it and live in it requires the descriptive categories of art, morality, and religion. It holds that patterns of explanation and description should not be flattened or leveled out in favour of one single type for no solitary approach or discipline can provide a complete account. In appealing to a further dimension of understanding, the argument seeks to integrate and offer a unified explanation of what happens at other levels including that of biological evolution. The biological explanation is necessary and important, but not exhaustive. These patterns of description are complementary and emergent in the history of the cosmos. The relationship between them is open and even interactive at times, but they do not compete with one another.

Keywords:   morality, art, religion, neo-Darwinian materialism, understanding

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