The Metaphysics of Evolution

In his work The Metaphysics of Evolution, Fr. Chad Ripperger demonstrates that the theory of evolution is incompatible with the metaphysics of the Catholic tradition.

Author: Fr. Chad Ripperger

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783732217557

Category: Religion

Page: 72

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In his encyclical Humani Generis, Pope Pius XII stressed the importance of preserving the traditional Catholic approach to philosophy. In his work The Metaphysics of Evolution, Fr. Chad Ripperger demonstrates that the theory of evolution is incompatible with the metaphysics of the Catholic tradition.

The Metaphysics of Evolution

Of the numerous conflicts between evolutionary theory and nineteenth - century philosophies of science , only two will be discussed here - the conflict between teleology and evolution by the mechanisms proposed by Darwin , and the ...

Author: David L. Hull

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791402118

Category: Science

Page: 331

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This critical collection of essays represents the best of the best when it comes to philosophy of biology. Many chapters treat evolution as a biological phenomenon, but the author is more generally concerned with science itself. Present-day science, particularly current views on systematics and biological evolution are investigated. The aspects of these sciences that are relevant to the general analysis of selection processes are presented, and they also serve to exemplify the general characteristics exhibited by science since its inception.

the metaphysics of evolution

... or ( as he called it in discipleship of Kant ) " criticist ” position in relation to all doctrines of evolutionary pantheism has had a profoundly modifying influence on both the metaphysical and the ethical ideas developed later .


Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 1001433637



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From Darwinian Metaphysics Towards Understanding the Evolution of Evolutionary Mechanisms

Holdcroft, David; Lewis, Harris: Memes, Minds and Evolution. In: Philosophy, 75 (292), 2000, ... Units of Evolution: A Metaphysical Essay. In: Jensen, U. J.; Harré, R. (Eds.): The Philosophy of Evolution. Brighton: Harvester Press, 1981 ...

Author: Momme von Sydow

Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen

ISBN: 9783863950064

Category: Science

Page: 502

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"Although Charles Darwin predicted that his theory 'would give zest to ... metaphysics, ' even he would be astonished at the variety of paths his theory has in fact taken. This holds with regard to both gene-Darwinism, a purified Darwinian approach biologizing the social sciences, and process- Darwinism found in the disciplines of psychology, philosophy of science, and economics. Although Darwinism is often linked to highly confirmed biological theories, some of its interpretations seem to profit from tautological claims as well, where scientific reputation cloaks ideological usage. This book discusses central tenets of Darwinism historically as well as systematically, for example the history of different Darwinian paradigms, the units-of-selection debate, and the philosophical problem of induction as basis of metaphysical Darwinism. Crucially the book addresses the Darwinian claim that evolution is governed by an immutable and unrelentingly cruel law of natural selection. Paradoxically, Darwins theory is a static, non-evolutionary theory of evolution. The current book sketches the historical background and provides suggestions that may help to replace this approach by the idea of an evolution of evolutionary mechanisms (see Escher's 'Drawing Hands' on the cover). This view even suggests a tendency to overcome the blindness of the knowledge acquisition of primordial Darwinian processes and allows for some freedom from external environments. This book first develops a radically Darwinian approach, then criticises this approach from within. Even Darwinism has a tendency to transcend itself. Although the book addresses several empirical issues, it does not challenge particular findings. Instead it builds on many insights of Darwinism and provides a proposal for interpreting known empirical evidence in a different light. It should help pave the way for further developing an understanding of nature that transcends Darwinian metaphysics"--Publisher's description.

Aquinas and the Metaphysics of Creation

... and whilst many scientists and philosophers today reject biological essentialism,62 the Thomist view of the metaphysical constitution of substances as being (partially) out of matter and form does not exclude evolution by natural ...

Author: Gaven Kerr OP

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190941314

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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In this book, Gaven Kerr expands on the brief treatment of creation offered in his 2015 volume, Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia. Aquinas does not offer one cohesive treatment on the issue of creation; Kerr synthesizes discussions from across his works in order to present a unified Thomistic metaphysics of creation. Kerr argues that Aquinas's metaphysics of creation, wherein God is conceived as the absolute source of all that exists, is the backbone of his philosophical theology. Throughout his writings, the framework of the absolute dependence of creatures on God and of the independence of God as existence itself is ever present. Without understanding this aspect of Aquinas's philosophical thought, Kerr suggests, it is impossible to understand his philosophy of God. When it comes to metaphysics, Thomas is committed to thinking through the issues involved therein on the basis of natural reason. Aquinas and the Metaphysics of Creation demonstrates Aquinas's belief that we must arrive at an affirmation of the existence of God on the basis of a wider metaphysical view as to the constitution of reality, a view that does not presuppose divine truths but can indeed establish them.

The Metaphysics of Biology

This Element is an introduction to the metaphysics of biology, a very general account of the nature of the living world.

Author: John Dupré

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781009021807

Category: Philosophy


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This Element is an introduction to the metaphysics of biology, a very general account of the nature of the living world. The first part of the Element addresses more traditionally philosophical questions - whether biological systems are reducible to the properties of their physical parts, causation and laws of nature, substantialist and processualist accounts of life, and the nature of biological kinds. The second half will offer an understanding of important biological entities, drawing on the earlier discussions. This division should not be taken too seriously, however: the topics in both parts are deeply interconnected. Although this does not claim to be a scientific work, it does aim to be firmly grounded in our best scientific knowledge; it is an exercise in naturalistic metaphysics. Its most distinctive feature is that argues throughout for a view of living systems as processes rather than things or, in the technical philosophical sense, substances.