DARWIN

TIM LEWENS
289pp 2006 LIST PRICE: £17.99 (P) N087

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Charles Darwin is best known as a biologist and natural historian rather than a philosopher. However, in this invaluable book, Lewens shows in a clear manner how important Darwin is for philosophy and how his work has shaped and challenged the very nature of the subject. Beginning with an overview of Darwin's life and work, he then discusses the full range of fundamental philosophical topics from a Darwinian perspective. These include natural selection, the origin and nature of species, the role of evidence in scientific enquiry, the theory of Intelligent Design, evolutionary approaches to the human mind, the implications of Darwin's work for ethics and epistemology, and the question of how social and political thought needs to be updated in the light of a Darwinian understanding of human nature. A concluding chapter assesses the philosophical legacy of Darwin's thought.