Eunice Belgum Memorial Lectures
Darwin and Intelligent Design
Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Monday, October 12
Can belief in God be reconciled with belief in Darwin's theory of evolution? The two are not in conflict if the God one
has in mind never intervenes in nature. But if one believes in a God who intervenes, does this block believing the theory of evolution? I explore this question by considering
what biologists mean when they say that mutations are "unguided." I also discuss Darwin's personal views about the existence of God, the problem of evil, and Christianity.
Did Darwin Write the Origin of Species Backwards?
Monday, October 12
After clarifying how Darwin understood natural selection and common ancestry, I consider how the two concepts are related in his theory. I argue that common ancestry has evidential priority. Arguments about natural selection often make use of the assumption of common ancestry, whereas arguments for common ancestry do not require the assumption that natural selection has been at work. In fact, Darwin held that the key evidence for common ancestry comes from characteristics whose evolution is not caused by natural selection. This raises the question of why Darwin puts natural selection first and foremost in the Origin.
Booksigning will take place after each lecture • Books are available in the St. Olaf Bookstore • Parking is available for visitors, faculty, and staff in the Buntrock Commons parking lot.
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Belgum Lectures through the Years
2010 - Elliott Sober
"Philosophical Reflections on Darwin"
2009 - Barbara Herman
"Making Morals Matter"
2008 – Julia Annas
"Virtue and Happiness"
2006 - Galen Strawson
2005 - Jonathan Lear
"The Collapse of Civilization"
2004 - Bas C. van Fraassen
"Seeing and Measuring: Connecting Science to Experience"
2003 - Margaret Urban Walker
"Forgiveness and Moral Repair"
2002 - Frederick Stoutland
"How To Believe in Free Will"
2001 - Lydia Goehr
"Listening, Laughing and Learning"
2000 - Stephan Darwall
"Two Dogmas of Empiricism in Ethics"
1999 - James Harris
1998 - Jean Bethke Elshtain
"How Far Have We Fallen?"
1997 - Hillary Putnam
"Mind, Matter, and Making Sense"
1996 - Gary Iseminger
"Aestheticism: Defined and Defended"
1995 - Georges Rey
"Superficialism about Mind and Meaning"
1994 - Helen Longino
"Scientific Knowledge and Feminist Theoretical Virtues"
1993 - Amelie Rorty
"The Many Faces of Morality"
1992 - Arthur Caplan
"Ethics and the Genetic Revolution"
1991 - Nancy Sherman
"Virtue and Ethics"
1990 - Allan Gibbard
1989 - Keith Gunderson
"The Aesthetic Robot"
1988 - Laurence Thomas
"Living Morally: A Psychology of Moral Character"
1987 - Rosemarie Tong
"Feminist Social Psychology"
1986 - Kenneth Sayre
"Myths for Our Technological Future"
1985 - Merold Westphal
"The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism"
1984 - Naomi Scheman
"Authority and Paranoia: The Social Construction of Gender and the Philosophical Self"
1983 - Georg Henrik Von Wright
"Truth, Knowledge, and Freedom"
1982 - Martha Nussbaum
"The Fragility of Goodness"
1981 - Gareth B. Matthews
1980 - Dagfinn Follesdal
"Understanding and Rationality"
1979 - Kathryn Pyne Parsons
"Not Judge, Not Victim, Nor Savior"