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Living with Darwin Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith

ISBN-10: 0195384342
ISBN-13: 9780195384345
Edition: 2009
Authors: Philip Kitcher
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Description: Charles Darwin has been at the center of white-hot public debate for more than a century. In Living With Darwin, Philip Kitcher stokes the flames swirling around Darwin's theory, sifting through the scientific evidence for evolution, Creation  More...

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List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Charles Darwin has been at the center of white-hot public debate for more than a century. In Living With Darwin, Philip Kitcher stokes the flames swirling around Darwin's theory, sifting through the scientific evidence for evolution, Creation Science, and Intelligent Design, and revealing why evolution has been the object of such vehement attack. Kitcher first provides valuable perspective on the present controversy, describing the many puzzles that blocked evolution's acceptance in the early years, and explaining how scientific research eventually found the answers to these conundrums. Interestingly, Kitcher shows that many of these early questions have been resurrected in recent years by proponents of Intelligent Design. In fact, Darwin himself considered the issue of intelligent design, and amassed a mountain of evidence that effectively refuted the idea. Kitcher argues that the problem with Intelligent Design isn't that it's "not science," as many critics say, but that it's "dead science," raising questions long resolved by scientists. But Kitcher points out that it is also important to recognize the cost of Darwin's success--the price of "life with Darwin." Darwinism has a profound effect on our understanding of our place in the universe, on our religious beliefs and aspirations. It is in truth the focal point of a larger clash between religious faith and modern science. Unless we can resolve this larger issue, the war over evolution will go on.

Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

Preface
Disinterring Darwin
Goodbye to Genesis
One Tree of Life
At the Mercy of Chance?
A Mess of Pottage
Notes
Index

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