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Edward Feser: To Reconcile Aristotle with Evolution


On a new episode of ID the Future, neuroscientist Michael Egnor continues his discussion with philosopher and professor Edward Feser about Feser’s new book Aristotle’s Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science. Download the podcast or listen to it here.

The question this time is whether evolution is compatible with an Aristotelian understanding of reality. Feser says it could be — but he argues against naturalistic evolution anyway. While Feser differs from intelligent design theorists on his approach to the question, he agrees with the conclusion that nature evidences the existence of a mind instilling purpose, goal-directedness, and function within nature.

Image: Aristotle, by Francesco Hayez (1811) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.