Subjects of the World: Darwin's Rhetoric and the Study of Agency in Nature

The University of Chicago Press (2009)
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Part one: A progressive orientation: naturalism as exploration -- The vividness of truth: Darwin's romantic rhetoric and the evolutionary framework -- Our most vexing problem: conceptual conservatism and conceptual imperialism -- Naturalism as exploration: the elements of reform -- Part two: The allure of agency: "purpose" in biology -- The real heart of Darwinian evolutionary biology -- A formative power of a self-propagating kind: natural purposes and the concept location project -- A persistent mode of understanding: the psychological power of "purpose" -- Part three: The illusions of agency: "free will" and "moral responsibility" -- The death of an aphorism: the psychology of free will -- The bare possibility of our opinion: libertarian imperialism -- Words give us a special ability: compatibilist conservatism.
Keywords Teleology  Philosophy of nature  Evolution  Agent (Philosophy
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Call number BD581.D25 2009
ISBN(s) 9780226137629   0226137627
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