David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Biology and Philosophy 18 (5):653-668 (2003)
No one has expressed the destructive power of Darwinian theory more effectively than Daniel Dennett. Others have recognized that the theory of evolution offers us a universal acid, but Dennett, bless his heart, coined the term. Many have appreciated that the mechanism of random variation and natural selection is a substrate-neutral algorithm that operates at every level of organization from the macromolecular to the mental, at every time scale from the geological epoch to the nanosecond. But it took Dennett to express the idea in a polysyllable or two. These two features of Darwinism undermine more wishful thinking about the way the world is than any other brace of notions since mechanism was vindicated in physics.
|Keywords||Philosophy Philosophy of Biology Evolutionary Biology|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
John Paley (2011). The Fictionalist Paradigm. Nursing Philosophy 12 (1):53-66.
Similar books and articles
Grant Gillett (1999). Dennett, Foucault, and the Selection of Memes. Inquiry 42 (1):3 – 23.
Arthur B. Cody (2000). Informational Darwinism. Inquiry 43 (2):167 – 179.
Marcin Miłkowski (2009). Is Evolution Algorithmic? Minds and Machines 19 (4):465-475.
Marc Ereshefsky (1997). Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life Daniel Dennett New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995, 586 Pp., $40.00. [REVIEW] Dialogue 36 (03):639-.
David L. Hull (1996). Book Review:Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life. Daniel C. Dennett. [REVIEW] Ethics 107 (1):170-.
J. Hodge (1997). Review. Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life. Daniel C Dennett. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 48 (3):435-438.
Tamler Sommers & Alex Rosenberg (2003). Darwin's Nihilistic Idea: Evolution and the Meaninglessness of Life. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 18 (5):653-668.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads51 ( #38,090 of 1,410,137 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #177,743 of 1,410,137 )
How can I increase my downloads?