Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution

Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution by Michael A. Flannery epub pdf fb2

Title: Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution
Author: Michael A. Flannery
ISBN10: 0981520413
ISBN13: 978-0981520414
Publisher: Erasmus Press (February 16, 2009)
Language: English
Subcategory: Religious Studies
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Alfred Russel Wallace's Theory of Intelligent Evolution by Michael A. Flannery


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Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), co-discoverer of natural selection, was second only to Charles Darwin as the 19th century's most noted English naturalist. Yet his belief in spiritualism caused him to be ridiculed and dismissed by many, leaving him a comparatively obscure and misunderstood figure. In this volume Wallace is finally allowed to speak in his own defense through his grand evolutionary synthesis The World of Life published nearly a century ago in 1910. More than just a reprinting of a near-forgotten work, Michael A. Flannery places Wallace in historical context. Flannery exposes Charles Darwin's now-famous theory of evolution as little more than a naturalistic cover for an extreme philosophical materialism borrowed as a youth from Edinburgh radicals. This is juxtaposed by his sympathetic account of what he calls Wallace's intelligent evolution, a thoroughly telcological alternative to Darwin's stochastic processes. Though based upon very different formulations of natural selection, the Wallace/Darwin dispute as presented by Flannery shows a metaphysical clash of worldviews coextensive with modern evolutionary theory itself - design and purpose versus randomness and chance. This book will be of value to scholars and students alike seeking to understand the historical and philosophical roots of a controversy that still rages today.