Please join us for a lecture by guest speaker, Dr. Robert J. Richards:
“Man, the Goal of the Evolutionary Process in Darwin’s Origin of Species”
Lecture Topic: Those in the movement called Intelligent Design argue for two theses: that organisms give evidence of design and that this indicates the operations of a causal agent capable of producing intelligently design creatures. They mean this latter also to suggest that human beings have a special place in the scheme of life. Darwin also argued in favor of the design thesis, and likewise thought human beings had a special place in the hierarchy of organisms. In short, he too argued for a biology of intelligent design. A close examination of the considerations that went into the construction of Darwin’s theory leads, perhaps, to a heterodox conclusion concerning the role of God and morality in his theory—not what is usually assumed. But then, the work of great scientists can sustain such conclusions.
Speaker bio: Robert J. Richards is the Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Science at the University of Chicago, where he is professor in the Departments of History, Philosophy, Psychology, and in the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science. He is Director of the Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine. His area of research is German Romanticism and the history of evolutionary theory; he is the author of several books, including Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior, The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe, and Was Hitler a Darwinian? Disputed Question in the History of Evolutionary Theory.
Presented as part of the lecture series and graduate seminar: