Evolution and the Big Questions: Sex, Race, Religion, and Other Matters / Edition 1

Evolution and the Big Questions: Sex, Race, Religion, and Other Matters / Edition 1

by David N. Stamos
     
 

This provocative text considers whether evolutionary explanations can be used to clarify some of life's biggest questions. It offers a lively, informative, and timely look at a wide variety of key issues facing all of us today-including questions of race, sex, gender, the nature of language, religion, ethics, knowledge, consciousness, and, ultimately, the meaning of… See more details below

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This provocative text considers whether evolutionary explanations can be used to clarify some of life's biggest questions. It offers a lively, informative, and timely look at a wide variety of key issues facing all of us today-including questions of race, sex, gender, the nature of language, religion, ethics, knowledge, consciousness, and, ultimately, the meaning of life.

Some of the questions examined are: Did evolution make men and women fundamentally different? Is the concept of race merely a social construction? Is morality, including universal human rights, a mass delusion? Can religion and evolution really be harmonized? Does evolution render life meaningless? Designed for students and anyone with an interest in the relationship between evolutionary heritage and human nature, the text takes an interdisciplinary approach and offers direction for further reading and research. Each chapter presents a main topic, together with discussion of related ideas and arguments from various perspectives. Along the way, it poses life's biggest questions, pulling no punches, and presenting a challenge to thinkers on all levels.

About the Author:
David N. Stamos teaches philosophy at York University, Toronto

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405149020
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/14/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.15(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Evolution and Knowledge     15
Evolution and Consciousness     43
Evolution and Language     63
Evolution and Sex     87
Evolution and Feminism     113
Evolution and Race     133
Evolution and Ethics     155
Evolution and Religion     177
Evolution and the Meaning of Life     215
Common Misconceptions About Evolution     231
Glossary     241
References     249
Index     267

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