Tag: Thomas Malthus
Natural Selection: The Evolution of a Mirage
Natural selection reveals itself as not just a metaphor but a mixed one: Nature being dumb but nevertheless capable of discrimination.
Old Wine in New Bottles: How Darwin Recruited Malthus to Fortify a Failed Idea from Antiquity
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited.
Remembering Paul Johnson’s Assessment of Darwin
The reviewers that insist this work is “ludicrous,” a “smear,” or a “hatchet job” are wrong; it is none of these.
William Wordsworth’s Posthumous Challenge to Darwinian Nihilism
Paradoxically, Wordsworth’s theology may have formed a more effective counterforce to Darwin’s ideas than Biblical orthodoxy itself.
Darwin and the “New Atheists”
There is surely some historical irony in the attempt to enlist Charles Darwin posthumously in defense of the atheist cause.