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By Robert G. Olson

Necessary advisor to 1 of the main influential notion structures of our century. Stressing the paintings of Heidegger and Sartre, it bargains a cautious and target exam of the existentialist place and values — freedom of selection, person dignity, own love, artistic attempt — and solutions to the everlasting questions of the human .

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The differences are ones of degree. Like the other species, we are part of the natural world. Limits of Evolutionary Explanation In what sense could the theory of evolution explain our values? Let us look at morality. To be clear, we need to distinguish morality as a social institution, as a set of capacities, and as a set of statements or assertions. Morality as a social institution consists of the moral beliefs and attitudes that people in a society have and, in particular, their mutual expectations regarding what behavior is acceptable.

Similarly, the capacities that allow us to make sense of economic activity in terms of micro and macro-economic theory should be explicable in terms of natural selection, but that does not mean that the theories themselves are derived from or based on evolution. 65). For example, sociobiological accounts of its origin tend to identify morality with altruism, but morality involves more than just this. Let us apply these conclusions. Even if our capacities to feel and perceive meaning can be explained as a result of a long, mechanical evolutionary process, this does not mean that our sense that life is valuable or meaningful is an illusion, nor that the claim 'Life is meaningful' is false.

Organisms vary in a heritable fashion. Some variants (are better adapted to their environment, survive longer and) leave more offspring than others; their characteristics, therefore, are represented at a greater frequency in the next generation (Wilson, 1984, quoted in Lennox, p. 288). (My additions are in brackets). Darwin derived his theory from five types of observations. First, he made a careful study of artificial selective breeding, which showed him that species could be modified. Second, he studied bio-diversity, noting especially the affinity between species on the Galapagos Islands and those on the South American mainland 500 miles away.

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