Chapter 2. Charles Darwin: The Loss of Rational Design

  1. Friedel Weinert

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304930.ch2

Copernicus, Darwin, & Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science

Copernicus, Darwin, & Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science

How to Cite

Weinert, F. (2008) Charles Darwin: The Loss of Rational Design, in Copernicus, Darwin, & Freud: Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304930.ch2

Author Information

  1. University of Bradford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181846

Online ISBN: 9781444304930

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Keywords:

  • Charles Darwin - the loss of rational design;
  • Darwinism - its principles and consequences;
  • Charles Darwin's views of organic life - momentous shift in views on the nature of organic life;
  • Darwin's revolution and the Darwinian view of life;
  • philosophical presuppositions - mechanical worldview, determinism, materialism;
  • from biology to the philosophy of mind;
  • a question of method;
  • essential features of eliminative induction;
  • Darwin and scientific revolutions and philosophical consequences;
  • models of scientific explanation - Hempel's models

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Darwin and Copernicus

  • Views of Organic Life

  • Fossil Discoveries

  • Darwin's Revolution

  • Philosophical Matters

  • A Question of Method

  • Reading List

  • Essay Questions