Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennett

By Daniel C. Dennett

This paintings assesses Darwin's idea of evolution and appears at why it arises such heated debate between scientists, philosophers and sociologists. The e-book goals to teach that Darwinism doesn't devalue the miracles of existence.

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First constructed in the margins of Euclidean geometry, non-Euclidean geometry sheds a revealing light on the limitations of its predecessor. The same may be said of all the new varieties of scientific thought, ... (Bachelard 1984: 8). Put differently, Bachelard denies that the new knowledge can be expressed in the old, rejected framework (" ... , 8)), but he allows for the old knowledge to be expressed in the new. Perhaps it is this asymmetry which also informs his opposition to the categories of influence and the predecessor.

243) (at this level there are numerous differences between various groups, classes and individuals); and "climates of sensitivity: mental conjunctures": these are periods of shorter or longer duration, from a few years up to a generation, periods of optimism or pessimism, of crisis or confidence. According to Mandrou, it is at this level that"gradual changes in outlook" originate (ibid. , 249). Serial history and the construction of the historical fact Mandrou's distinction between different time scales within a mentality is of course but an application of quantitative or serial history to the histoire des mentalites.

This viewpoint motivates Febvre's accusation of massive anachronism directed against those historians of ideas who have tried to present Rabelais as an atheist, and who have made no distinction between the atheism of the sixteenth and later centuries. Against these earlier interpretations, Febvre seeks to show that there is, as one recent commentator puts it, "an epistemological break, a conceptual caesura between the unbelief of the sixteenth and that of the eighteenth century" (Wootton 1988: 703).

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