Darwin In this invaluable book Tim Lewens shows in a clear and accessible manner how important Darwin is for philosophy and how his work has shaped and challenged the very nature of the subject Beginning wi

  • Title: Darwin
  • Author: Tim Lewens
  • ISBN: 9780415346382
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this invaluable book, Tim Lewens shows in a clear and accessible manner how important Darwin is for philosophy and how his work has shaped and challenged the very nature of the subject.Beginning with an overview of Darwin s life and work, the subsequent chapters discuss the full range of fundamental philosophical topics from a Darwinian perspective These include naturaIn this invaluable book, Tim Lewens shows in a clear and accessible manner how important Darwin is for philosophy and how his work has shaped and challenged the very nature of the subject.Beginning with an overview of Darwin s life and work, the subsequent chapters discuss the full range of fundamental philosophical topics from a Darwinian perspective These include natural selection the origin and nature of species the role of evidence in scientific enquiry the theory of Intelligent Design evolutionary approaches to the human mind the implications of Darwin s work for ethics and epistemology and the question of how social and political thought needs to be updated in the light of a Darwinian understanding of human nature A concluding chapter assesses the philosophical legacy of Darwin s thought.Darwin is essential reading for anyone in the humanities, social sciences and sciences seeking a philosophical introduction to Darwin, or anyone simply seeking a philosophical companion to Darwin s own writings.

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    1. useful exploration of philosophy and impact of essential themes of darwin: evolution by natural selection of populations. of species transforming into entirely new species. of how this is scientifically rigorous, believable, truthful, from the vast compilations of gathered species. this is not dogma. surprises me how darwin continues to be relevant, inspiring, useful in a wide range of fields of sciencees not avoid controversy about relevance of id. does not neglect ways in which his theories ar [...]

    2. For the most part this is a really strong introduction to Darwin's thought and various stripes of neo-Darwinian theory and contraversy up to the present. Lewens is at his best as a philosopher of biology but gets a little worrying when he takes on normative ethics. One of the best features of this book is a short list of recommended texts for the various subjects he covers in his chapters.

    3. I have no head for biology, so much of this book went over my head. However, for a general introduction to Darwin's life, this book is very informative and easy to understand. For introduction and explanation of his theories, it is too difficult for laypeople, especially if you have weak background in biology.

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