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The Resource On purpose, Michael Ruse

On purpose, Michael Ruse

Label
On purpose
Title
On purpose
Statement of responsibility
Michael Ruse
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A brief, accessible history of the idea of purpose in Western thought, from ancient Greece to the present Can we live without the idea of purpose? Should we even try to? Kant thought we were stuck with purpose, and even Darwin's theory of natural selection, which profoundly shook the idea, was unable to kill it. Indeed, teleological explanation--what Aristotle called understanding in terms of "final causes" - seems to be making a comeback today, as both religious proponents of intelligent design and some prominent secular philosophers argue that any explanation of life without the idea of purpose is missing something essential. In On Purpose, Michael Ruse explores the history of the idea of purpose in philosophical, religious, scientific, and historical thought, from ancient Greece to the present. Accessibly written and filled with literary and other examples, the book examines "purpose" thinking in the natural and human world. It shows how three ideas about purpose have been at the heart of Western thought for more than two thousand years. In the Platonic view, purpose results from the planning of a human or divine being; in the Aristotelian, purpose stems from a tendency or principle of order in the natural world; and in the Kantian, purpose is essentially heuristic, or something to be discovered, an idea given substance by Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection. On Purpose traces the profound and fascinating implications of these ways of thinking about purpose
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Ruse, Michael
Index
index present
LC call number
BC177
LC item number
.R87 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Label
On purpose, Michael Ruse
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-283) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Athens -- Jerusalem -- Machines -- Evolution -- Charles Darwin -- Darwinism -- Plato Redivivus -- Aristotle Redivivus -- Human Evolution -- Mind -- Religion -- The End
Control code
ocn983824542
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 294 pages
Isbn
9780691172460
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)983824542
Label
On purpose, Michael Ruse
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-283) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Athens -- Jerusalem -- Machines -- Evolution -- Charles Darwin -- Darwinism -- Plato Redivivus -- Aristotle Redivivus -- Human Evolution -- Mind -- Religion -- The End
Control code
ocn983824542
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 294 pages
Isbn
9780691172460
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)983824542

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