Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The always fascinating Scott Carson is on a roll:
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.

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