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From Aristotle to Darwin and Back Again A Journey in Final Causality, Species and Evolution

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ISBN-10: 1586171690

ISBN-13: 9781586171698

Edition: N/A

Authors: �tienne Gilson

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Darwin's theory of evolution remains controversial, even though most scientists, philosophers, and even theologians accept it, in some form, as a well-attested explanation for the variety of organisms. The controversy erupts when the theory is used to try to explain everything, including every aspect of human life, and to deny the role of a Creator or a purpose to life. It is then that philosophers and theologians cry, "Foul!". The overreaching of many scientists into fields beyond their competence is perhaps explained in part by the loss of an important idea in modern thinking-final causality or purpose. Scientists understandably bracket the idea out of their scientific thinking because…    
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List price: $18.95
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 10/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Born in Paris, Etienne Gilson was educated at the University of Paris. He became professor of medieval philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1921, and in 1932 was appointed to the chair in medieval philosophy at the College de France. In 1929 he cooperated with the members of the Congregation of Priests of St. Basil, in Toronto, Canada, to found the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in association with St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. Gilson served as professor and director of studies at the institute. Like his fellow countryman Jacques Maritain, Etienne Gilson was a neo-Thomist for whom Christian revelation is an indispensable auxiliary to reason, and on faith he accepted…    

Aristotelian Prologue
The Mechanist Objection
Finality and Evolution
Darwin without Evolution
Evolution without Darwin
Darwin and Malthus
Evolution and Teleology
Bergsonism and Teleology
The Limits of Mechanism
The Constants of Biophilosophy
Linnaeus: Observations on the Three Kingdoms of Nature
Darwin in Search of Species