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Evolution and Ethics Science and Morals

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These two essays by the famous 19th-century champion of Darwin's theory of evolution tackle a subject that is still a major focus of ethical debates today: the relation of science as a whole, and specifically evolutionary ideas, to ethics and moralit... weiterlesen
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Titel: Evolution and Ethics Science and Morals
Autor/en: Thomas Henry Huxley

ISBN: 159102126X
EAN: 9781591021261
Sprache: Englisch.
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These two essays by the famous 19th-century champion of Darwin's theory of evolution tackle a subject that is still a major focus of ethical debates today: the relation of science as a whole, and specifically evolutionary ideas, to ethics and morality. Written toward the end of Huxley's career when he was already famous as a persuasive lecturer and a fascinating expositor of new ideas, these essays demonstrate his rhetorical gifts and talent for explaining the importance of science to a lay audience. "Evolution and Ethics, " his last major talk delivered at Oxford in 1893, was written in response to the then fashionable "Social Darwinism" popularized by philosopher Herbert Spencer. Huxley found Spencer's approach both morally repugnant and a serious misapplication of Darwinian theory to the subject of ethics. Society progresses, Huxley maintained, through individuals who prove themselves to be ethically the best, not physically the most fit. In "Science and Morals, " written some years earlier (1886), Huxley addresses criticisms that he and his associates refuse to take seriously anything that is beyond the bounds of physical science. Huxley replies that he takes very seriously a host of mental phenomena that do not, strictly speaking, fall within these narrow physical limits: the universal law of causation, or the esthetic pleasure of the arts, or the truths of mathematics, for example. He goes on to say that the repudiates the doctrine of Materialism as much as he does that of Spiritualism, and that he coined the term "Agnostic" to apply to his own particular philosophical viewpoint. Students of ethics, the history of science, and the ongoing debates over evolution will welcome this newedition of two masterful essays by "Darwin's Bulldog."

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