Darwin Rocks Hegel: Does Nature Have A History?

David Kolb
Bates College
In the popular press and the halls of politics, controversies over evolution are increasingly strident these days. Hegel is relevant in this connection, even though he rejected the theories of evolution he knew about, because he wanted rational understanding but without claims to intelligent design. He is reported to have said that nature has no history, but a closer examination will show that his ideaqs are more nuanced and that there is more room for darwinian ideas than one might expect, though not enough to allow the full Darwinian contingency of form.
Keywords hegel  evolution  contingency  philosophy of nature
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"Outside and In: Hegel on Natural History".David Kolb - 2011 - Poligrafi 16 (61-62):27-43.

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