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Evolution and Philosophy - AFSV00226
Anglický název: Evolution and Philosophy
Zajišťuje: Ústav filosofie a religionistiky (21-UFAR)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2016
Semestr: zimní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:0/2 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (46)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Garant: doc. James Hill, Ph.D.
Třída: Exchange - 08.1 Philosophy
Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. James Hill, Ph.D. (26.09.2015)

This course aims to explain the significance of evolutionary theory, specifically Darwin’s theory of natural selection, to philosophy. The first part of the course will be of a historical character, and will explore not only the thought of Darwin himself, but also philosophical reactions to his work, particularly as it concerns philosophy of mind and epistemology. The second part will look at contemporary debates certain problems with evolutionary theory, including how the mind can emerge from an evolutionary process that begins from beings seemingly quite lacking in mind and mental faculties.

Central themes of the course:
1. Darwin’s theory of evolution: Background, natural selection, Darwin’s pluralism with regard to the mechanism of evolution, the Descent of Man.
2. Epistemology after Darwin: John Dewey Konrad Lorenz, Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Pierce, Alvin Plantinga.
3. Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett: Neo-Darwinist theories of the evolution of mind.
4. Noam Chomsky, Thomas Nagel, Jerry Fodor, Piattelli-Palmarini: Doubts about neo-Darwinism.
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. James Hill, Ph.D. (20.11.2015)

Students who wish to gain credits for the course must meet two requirements:

(i) Attendance at the seminar each week. More than three absences will make one ineligible for the grade.

(ii) A short essay of roughly 1,000 words on one subject from the course. The essay should show both knowledge of the philosophical position under examination as well as the student's own reasoned standpoint. The title and theme of the essay should be approved by the instructor before the student begins writing. The essay must be handed in by December 1st, 2015 on paper-electronic versions are not acceptable, nor is work coming in after the deadline.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. James Hill, Ph.D. (26.09.2015)



Main Text:

Michael Ruse (ed.) Philosophy after Darwin: Classic and Contemporary Readings.

Princeton University Press, 2009


Other Helpful Texts:

Bowler, Peter J. Evolution: The History of an Idea. University of California Press, (first

edition 1983) 2009

Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or the

Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, 1859

Darwin, Charles. The Autobiography, ed. by Francis Darwin, 1892

Darwin, Charles. The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, 2 vols, 1871

Dawkins, Richard. The Blind Watchmaker, Penguin, 1986

Dennett, Daniel C. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life,

Penguin, 1995

Fodor, Jerry and Piattelli Palmarini, Massimo. What Darwin Got Wrong, 2010

Nagel, Thomas. Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception

of Nature is Almost Certainly False. OUP, 2012

Nagel, Thomas. ‘Public Education and Intelligent Design’, in Secular Philosophy and

the Religious Temperament: Essays 2002-2008, OUP, 2010: pp. 41-57

Richards, Robert J. Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and

Behavior, University of Chicago Press, 1987





In Czech:

Havlík, Vladimir a Hříbek, Tomáš. Z evolučního hlediska: Pojem evoluce v současné filosofii, 2010

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