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The earth is our home: Mary Midgley's critique and reconstruction of *evolution and its meanings


2006 2006

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Mary Midgley's philosophy of evolution points the way towards considering the earth as our only true home, since we are products of this planet and its evolving and complex life along with every other organism. From the knowledge of ourselves as knowing animals with a biological as well as a cultural history, Midgley proposes the elaboration of an evolutionary epistemology that situates us firmly on the earth together with other creatures, while at the same time helping us to build knowledge of the world from the complexity of the human experience. I like to call this approach by a known theological analogy, a view "from below," that is, from the underside of the world, from the realms of nature and history. Such an approach does not begin by assuming conceptions of design or order in nature, a view that we term "from above," although it does not rule out the possibility of teleological or metaphysical constructions of reality in the long run. This "down-to-earth" approach I consider essential for any philosophy or theology that wants to take evolutionary theory seriously while committed to a proper and non-dismissive assessment of religious views.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Religion;
Philosophy;
Theology;
Science history
Classification
0322: Religion
0322: Philosophy
0469: Theology
0585: Science history
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; Darwinism; Earth; Evolution; Midgley, Mary
Title
The earth is our home: Mary Midgley's critique and reconstruction of *evolution and its meanings
Author
Rivera-Garcia, Nelson
Number of pages
239
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0225
Source
DAI-A 67/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542870972
Advisor
Blankinship, Khalid Y.
University/institution
Temple University
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3233468
ProQuest document ID
304979657
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304979657
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