What does Fodor’s “anti-darwinism” mean to natural theology?
- Yingjin Xu
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In the current dialogue of “science and religion,” it is widely assumed that the thoughts of Darwinists and that of atheists overlap. However, Jerry Fodor, a full-fledged atheist, recently announced a war against Darwinism with his atheistic campaign. Prima facie, this “civil war” might offer a chance for theists: If Fodor is right, Darwinistic atheism will lose the cover of Darwinism and become less tenable. This paper provides a more pessimistic evaluation of the situation by explaining the following: Fodor’s criticism of adaptationism (as the backbone of Darwinism), viz., his refutation of any counterfactual-supporting laws on the macro-evolutionary level, implies that a law-maker is dispensable on this level. This will either encourage skepticism against the omniscience (at least that concerning the future of macro-evolution) of the Creator, or render the notion of God less appealing.
- What does Fodor’s “anti-darwinism” mean to natural theology?
Frontiers of Philosophy in China
Volume 6, Issue 3 , pp 465-479
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- counterfactual-supporting laws
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- Yingjin Xu (1)
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- 1. School of Philosophy, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433, China