One of my colleagues, who specializes in philosophy of science and who is a militant atheist, has said that you’d have to be a moron to be a realist about science these days (I wish he would say what he really thinks one of these days). In short, I don’t think that evolutionary theory, either in its Darwinian or neo-synthesis form, compels us to either nominalism or anti-essentialism unless we presuppose materialist reductionism. If you make that a priori assumption then, sure, lots of things will follow that are not very congenial to the view I’m defending. Like Aristotle, however, I am an anti-reductionist.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The always fascinating Scott Carson is on a roll: