There is no sense in which we can say that Hume destroyed the intellectual coherence of design thinking. William Paley could already see this in 1802.
The book under review is a splendid and uniquely well-informed contribution to the debate about what is by all indices a theory in possibly terminal crisis.
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited.
It is my privilege and honor to recommend this fascinating autobiography — which is also perhaps the least I can do to repay a friend and mentor.
The shift in tone from then to now is remarkable. What happened to the awe these systems used to inspire?