Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith

Paperback | April 27, 2009

byPhilip Kitcher

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Charles Darwin has been at the center of white-hot public debate for more than a century. In Living With Darwin, Philip Kitcher stokes the flames swirling around Darwin's theory, sifting through the scientific evidence for evolution, Creation Science, and Intelligent Design, and revealing whyevolution has been the object of such vehement attack. Kitcher first provides valuable perspective on the present controversy, describing the many puzzles that blocked evolution's acceptance in the early years, and explaining how scientific research eventually found the answers to these conundrums.Interestingly, Kitcher shows that many of these early questions have been resurrected in recent years by proponents of Intelligent Design. In fact, Darwin himself considered the issue of intelligent design, and amassed a mountain of evidence that effectively refuted the idea. Kitcher argues that theproblem with Intelligent Design isn't that it's "not science," as many critics say, but that it's "dead science," raising questions long resolved by scientists. But Kitcher points out that it is also important to recognize the cost of Darwin's success - the price of "life with Darwin." Darwinism hasa profound effect on our understanding of our place in the universe, on our religious beliefs and aspirations. It is in truth the focal point of a larger clash between religious faith and modern science. Unless we can resolve this larger issue, the war over evolution will go on.

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Charles Darwin has been at the center of white-hot public debate for more than a century. In Living With Darwin, Philip Kitcher stokes the flames swirling around Darwin's theory, sifting through the scientific evidence for evolution, Creation Science, and Intelligent Design, and revealing whyevolution has been the object of such veheme...

Philip Kitcher is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. An eminent philosopher, he is the author of many books on science, literature, and music, including Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism; The Lives to Come: The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities; Vaulting Ambition: Sociobiology and the Q...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.9 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195384342

ISBN - 13:9780195384345

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Preface1. Disinterring Darwin2. Goodbye to Genesis3. One Tree of Life4. At the Mercy of Chance?5. A Mess of PottageNotesIndex

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"An informed, intelligent chronicle of Darwin's theory and the controversy surrounding it." --ABC News.com