TITLE

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE IN AN AGE OF NEO-DARWINIAN APOLOGETICS

AUTHOR(S)
FULLER, STEVE
PUB. DATE
December 2009
SOURCE
Ludus Vitalis;2009, Vol. 17 Issue 32, p247
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper is a reflection on the shift in the role of philosophers vis-à-vis scientists from 'philosophers of science' to 'philosophers for science', what I have called the 'underlabourer syndrome'. One consequence of this syndrome in the case of Neo-Darwinism is that the theory has become rife with internal interpretive tensions, which philosophers have tolerated by loosening their own criteria for a good scientific theory. This shift in philosophical standards probably reflects the strong cultural standing of Neo-Darwinism. Intelligent design theory, in its quest to achieve intellectual respectability as an opponent to Neo-Darwinism, has somewhat mimicked its opponent by adopting a conception of 'intelligent designer' just as open as that of the Neo-Darwinist conception of 'evolution'. I argue that neither strategy works well, either epistemologically or politically.
ACCESSION #
47179150

 

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