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Cottingham, John (2011) The Meaning of Life and Darwinism. Environmental Values, 20 (3), pp. 299-308. [Journal Article]

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    While finding no fault with Darwinism as a scientific theory, this paper argues that there are serious problems for the scientistic construal of Darwinism that interprets the universe as nothing but a purely random and contingent flow of events. Life in a godless impersonal universe is beset by contingency, alienation, despair, failure and fragility. Notwithstanding Alan Holland’s claim that we can evade these problems though self-affirmation, I argue that human beings can achieve meaningful lives only by acknowledging our dependency and accepting the authority of values we did not create.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Values
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Prof John Cottingham
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 22:27
    Last Modified: 23 Feb 2012 21:13
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/1530

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