Evolution and the meaning of life

Grey, William (2010). Evolution and the meaning of life. In John S. Wilkins (Ed.), Intelligent Design and Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (pp. 435-452) Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

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Author Grey, William
Title of chapter Evolution and the meaning of life
Title of book Intelligent Design and Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
Place of Publication Farnham, Surrey, UK
Publisher Ashgate
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Year available 2011
Series The International Library of Essays on Evolutionary Thought
ISBN 9780754627630
Editor John S. Wilkins
Volume number 5
Chapter number 23
Start page 435
End page 452
Total pages 18
Total chapters 26
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The last century has witnessed a succession of revolutionary transformations in the discipline of biology. However, the rapid expansion of our understanding of life and its nature has had curiously little impact on the way that questions about life and its significance have been discussed by philosophers. This paper explores the answers that biology .provides to central questions about our existence, and it examines why the substitution ofcausal explanations for teleological ones appears natural and satisfying in the case of physical theory but meets widespread resistance in the case of biology.
Keyword Biology
Human purpose
Meaning of life
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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