Darwinian Fairytales

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What is culture? Why should we preserve it, and how? In this book renowned philosopher Roger Scruton defends Western culture against its internal critics and external enemies, and argues that rumours of its death are seriously exaggerated. He shows our culture to be a continuing source of moral knowledge, and rebuts the fashionable sarcasm which sees it as nothing more than the useless legacy of 'dead white European males'. He is robust in defense of traditional architecture and figurative painting, critical of the fashionable relativists and urgent in his plea for our civilization, which more than ever stands in need of the self-knowledge and self-confidence that are the gift of serious culture.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781859723067
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Avebury Series in Philosophy
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Essay I Darwinism's Dilemma 1
Essay II Where Darwin First Went Wrong about Man 13
Essay III 'But what about War, Pestilence, and All That?' 31
Essay IV Population, Privilege, and Malthus' Retreat 39
Essay V A Horse in the Bathroom or the Struggle for Life 53
Essay VI Tax and the Selfish Girl or Does Altruism Need Inverted Commas? 79
Essay VII Genetic Calvanism or Demons and Dawkins 118
Essay VIII 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' or Altruism and Shared Genes 137
Essay IX A New Religion 171
Essay X Paley's Revenge or Purpose Regained 178
Essay XI Errors of Heredity or The Irrelevance of Darwinism to Human Life 212
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