ISBN-10:
1108004555
ISBN-13:
9781108004558
Pub. Date:
12/31/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Evolution and Ethics: Delivered in the Sheldonian Theatre, May 18, 1893

Evolution and Ethics: Delivered in the Sheldonian Theatre, May 18, 1893

by Thomas Henry Huxley

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Overview

Evolution and Ethics: Delivered in the Sheldonian Theatre, May 18, 1893

In 1893, the biologist and educator Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) published the text of a public lecture on ethics and evolutionary theory. He opens Evolution and Ethics with the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk as a metaphor for cyclical evolution-the small seed that becomes a mature plant. Huxley then takes the reader on a journey through two culturally different belief systems Buddhism and Greek intellectual thought - to illustrate human attempts to understand the 'cosmic process'. Huxley outlines the growth of differing concepts of justice as populations became more organised, and how different societies dealt with the knowledge that nature is unjust. Huxley abhors the harsh applications of Darwin's work to society and decries the 'gladiatorial theory of existence'. Arguing against the concept of social Darwinism, Huxley proposes that ethical behaviour must counteract the painful effects of the 'struggle for survival' in order for society to progress.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108004558
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2009
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Philosophy Series
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Ruse is the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. His many books include "Darwinism and Its Discontents" and "Darwin and Design".

Table of Contents

Evolution and Ethics; Notes.

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