Thursday, July 25, 2019

Aristotle’s Revenge

In his new book Aristotle’s Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science, Edward Feser argues (in the chapter on biology) that while being an Aristotelian does not require believing in evolution, Aristotelian philosophy is not incompatible with the Darwinian theory of Natural Selection. He is critical of the Intelligent Design theory in the book.

Recently, Michael Egnor interviewed Feser regarding his book. The interview has been posted in three episodes. In the first episode ID the Future, Feser talks about his differences with the Intelligent Design theory. Here’s the blurb text of the interview:

“The question this time is whether evolution is compatible with an Aristotelian understanding of reality. Feser says it could be — but he argues against naturalistic evolution anyway. While Feser differs from intelligent design theorists on his approach to the question, he agrees with the conclusion that nature evidences the existence of a mind instilling purpose, goal-directedness, and function within nature.”

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