Why Thomas is so hardy: literature inspired by evolution to make sense of the senseless

Biology and Philosophy 28 (1):115-123 (2013)
Although existentialism and evolutionary biology might appear to be polar opposites, with the former denying a role for “human nature” and the latter emphasizing it, there are some unrecognized parallels. One in particular is that both disciplines assume that human life is not inherently meaningful, such that any attribution of meaning must arise from human actions. The present article traces some of this intellectual correspondence in the realm of literature
Keywords Literature  Existentialism  Absurd  Natural selection  Fitness  Literary Darwinism  Meaninglessness  Meaning
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DOI 10.1007/s10539-012-9339-x
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