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Genes, Genesis, and God Values and Their Origins in Natural and Human History

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ISBN-10: 052164674X

ISBN-13: 9780521646741

Edition: 1999

Authors: Holmes Rolston

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Here, Holmes Rolston challenges the sociioiology orthodoxy that would naturalise science, ethics and religion. He argues that genetic processes are not blind and selfish, and that nature is not value-free.
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List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/13/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Born in Staunton, Virginia, Holmes Rolston received both a theological and secular education. After receiving a B.S. degree in philosophy from Davidson University in 1953, he went on to earn a divinity degree from the Union Theological Seminary (1956) and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Edinburgh (1958). Rolston initially taught philosophy at Hampden-Sydney College in 1958, before becoming pastor of the Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Virginia, where he remained until 1967. Since 1968 he has been professor of philosophy at Colorado State University. Rolston's main areas of research and writing have focused on the interrelationship between ecology and religion and on…    

Preface
Genetic Values: Diversity and Complexity in Natural History
Natural history: diversity and complexity
Contingent natural history?
Searching genes
Smart genes
Genetic algorithms
Intrinsic and inclusive genetic values
Distributed and shared genetic values
Storied natural history
Genetic Identity: Conserved and Integrated Values
Genetic identity
Genes in organisms
Organisms in communities
Sexuality, selfishness, and community
Interspecifically and intraspecifically shared genes
Culture: Genes and the Genesis of Human Culture
Nature and culture
Gene-mind co-evolution
Genetic determinants in culture
The evolution of ideas
The human genius
Historical versus universal explanations in nature and culture
Science: Naturalized, Socialized, Evaluated
Science: generating and selecting theories
Science naturalized?
Science socialized
The selective advantage of science
Progress in scientific and in natural history
Transcendent science
An unfolding story
Ethics: Naturalized, Socialized, Evaluated
Moral value: love, justice, and respect
Naturalized ethics? Emergent, socialized morality
Naturalized ethics? Illusory, Darwinized morality
Evaluating ethics: values defended and shared
Religion: Naturalized, Socialized, Evaluated
The divine epic of life
Religion and fertility
Religion and altruism
Functional and true religion
Genesis and God