Article ID: CBB000931676

Darwin's Idea of the Purposefulness in Nature (2008)


Bylica, P. (Author)

Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Volume: 53, no. 3-4
Issue: 3 - 4
Pages: 259-273

Publication Date: 2008
Edition Details: [Translated title.] In Polish.
Language: Polish

A role of naturalism in the contemporary science is still an important issue, which is commonly discussed in the field of philosophy of science. The author is presenting the factors that are related to the origin of Darwinian theory of evolution, and are crucial for appropriate understanding the matter. Darwin used to be an advocate of William Paley's version concerning the purposefulness. At last, however, the essential part of Darwin's evolutionary concept turned out to be a negation of all previous explanations referring to God's special intervention, or guidance in the process of evolution. Elimination of such explanations is fundamental and much distinctive for modern science as methodological naturalism. A common acceptance of the discussed methodological postulate is firmly connected with the achievements of Darwin's theory. In the present paper the author is willing to show that both scientific and problematic factors were crucial for the fundamental scientific assumption.

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Authors & Contributors
England, Richard K.
Bartov, H.
Muñoz-Rubio, Julio
Brooke, John Hedley
Duarte, Regina Horta
Müller, Jörn
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Science as Culture
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Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch fur Antike und Mittelalter
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Princeton University Press
University of Rochester
State University of New York at Binghamton
Naturalism (philosophy)
Science and religion
Darwin, Charles Robert
Paley, William
Romanes, George John
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Gray, Asa
Huxley, Thomas Henry
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19th century
20th century
20th century, early
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21st century
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