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The Metaphysics of Evolution


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Darwin, Evolution and Genetics

  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108004374

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  • What conclusions do the facts of cosmic and organic evolution require or permit on the origin and destiny of the world and the individual? From 1881 to 1925 Thomas Whittaker, an Oxford-trained scientist turned philosopher, grappled with this question, which he tried to answer by metaphysical interpretation of the sciences. The majority of the essays in this volume first appeared in Mind, and a few in other journals, while three had not been previously published. Whittaker ranges widely over some of the most daring theories of the past, from the early centuries of the common era (including Apollonius of Tyana and Origen), to the middle ages (including John Scotus Erigena and Nicholas of Cusa), the renaissance (Giordano Bruno, Shakespeare) and the early modern period. Whittaker's own view is that hypothesis and imagination are legitimate aids in the search for truth in both science and philosophy in a new synthesis.

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    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108004374
    • length: 496 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I
    Preface to the first part
    1. A critical essay on the philosophy of history
    2. 'Mind-stuff' from the historical point of view
    3. Giordano Bruno
    4. The musical and the picturesque elements in poetry
    5. On the nature of thought
    6. Philosophical antinomies
    7. Giordano Bruno and his time
    8. The problem of causality
    9. Science and idealism
    10. Correspondence
    Part II
    Preface to the second part
    11. Apollonius of Tyana
    12. Celsus and Origen
    13. Origen as philosopher
    14. John Scotus Erigena
    15. Nicholas of Cusa
    16. Animism, religion and philosophy
    17. A compendious classification of the sciences
    18. Teleology and the individual
    19. A new metaphysic of evolution

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    Thomas Whittaker

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