Creative evolution and the creation of man

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Abstract

This paper argues that Darwin's theory of evolution offers (at least) two modes of understanding the relation between life and human knowledge. On the one hand, Darwin can be included within a general turn to "life," in which human self-knowledge is part of a general unfolding of increasing awareness and anthropological reflexivity; life creates an organism, man, capable of discerning the logic of organic existence. On the other hand, Darwin offers the possibility of understanding life beyond the self-maintenance of organism and, therefore, beyond the rational of life's putative striving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-132
Number of pages24
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
Volume48
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

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  • Philosophy

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