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Purpose in the Living World?
Creation and Emergent Evolution

  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521729437


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  • Are evolution and creation irreconcilably opposed? Is 'intelligent design' theory an unhappy compromise? Is there another way of approaching the present-day divide between religious and so-called secular views of the origins of life? Jacob Klapwijk offers a philosophical analysis of the relation of evolutionary biology to religion, and addresses the question of whether the evolution of life is exclusively a matter of chance or is better understood as including the notion of purpose. Writing from a Christian (Augustinian) point of view, he criticizes creationism and intelligent design theory as well as opposing reductive naturalism. He offers an alternative to both and an attempt to bridge the gap between them, via the idea of 'emergent evolution'. In this theory the process of evolution has an emergent or innovative character resulting in a living world of ingenious, multifaceted complexity.

    • Bridges the gap between creationism and evolutionary science
    • A balanced analysis of the claims of evolution theory and the Biblical message concerning the origins of life
    • Encourages readers to participate actively in the present-day religion-science debate
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    'Undoubtedly the book presents an invaluable contribution to the scholarly discussion about the meaning of the natural world and its philosophical significance.' Antonianum

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521729437
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Does life on Earth have a purpose?
    2. Creationism, intelligent design, and Augustine's idea of time
    3. Darwin, neo-Darwinism and the naturalistic continuity claim
    4. Miller's pre-biotic broth and the premises of evolutionism
    5. A cold shudder along Darwin's back
    6. The emergence theory of Morgan and Alexander
    7. Luctor et emergo: what is emergent evolution?
    8. Towards a general theory of emergent evolution
    9. Hominization and the philosophy of mind
    10. Augustinian faith and evolutionary science
    11. The organism is a whole. The world is a habitat
    12. The slumbering temptation of essentialism
    13. Questions surrounding the emergence process
    14. Enkapsis in nature. Is there an omega point?

  • Author

    Jacob Klapwijk, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
    Jacob Klapwijk is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Philosophy, Free University, Amsterdam.

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