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

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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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Editorial Reviews

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“In conclusion, this book is definitely worth a read, and Stamos successfully shows how evolutionary thinking has a bearing on the “Big Questions.”  (Evo Edu Outreach, 1 December 2011)

"He does not simply present and adjudicate between arguments in the existent literature—he also includes some innovative arguments of his own, which gives one the impression of an author who is seriously engaged with his subject matter. Stamos is not just going through the scholarly motions: he means business." (Reports of the National Center for Science Education, April 2010)

"This book by Stamos is remarkable for the breadth and depth of its discussions. It promises to discuss the big questions and does just that. Stamos is very well informed ... .He presents different views on controversial issues, and does not shy away from pressing his own. Although this is a scholarly work with many references, it is written clearly and with verve. It will be of great interest to any reader willing to make the effort to understand the controversies concerning the implications of evolution. This outstanding work demonstrates how evolutionary ideas are of interest to virtually everyone. Enriching the text are a useful glossary, an extensive bibliography, and a good index. Highly recommended." (CHOICE, November 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405149020
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/14/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.15 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

David N. Stamos teaches philosophy at York University, Toronto. Author of The Species Problem (2003) and Darwin and the Nature of Species (2007), Stamos is well published in a wide variety of academic journals.

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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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