The Battle for Darwin's Soul (2002 Murrin Lectures)

Speaker(s): David Livingstone
Date: Winter 2002
Length: 2:39:42
Product ID: RGDL3167S

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In the first lecture, Dr. Livingstone examines a range of ways in which the story of science and religion has been told, and identifies problems with each of them. Here, he argues that a better way of understanding encounters between science and religion is to take much more seriously the local contexts within which such controversies occur. The following lecture begins with a consideration of the state of Darwin's soul, and moves to the soul of Darwinism. Dr. Livingstone identifies some of the weaknesses in the way Darwinian thinking has been applied to ethics, knowledge, and the idea of progress, and concludes by urging that while Darwinism has proven to be a fruitful theory of and concludes by urging that while Darwinism has proven to be a fruitful theory of population change it has severe drawbacks when mobilised as an all-embracing philosophy.

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David N. Livingstone is professor of Geography and Intellectual History at The Queen's University in Belfast, North Ireland. His publications include Darwin's Forgotten Defenders and Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective.

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