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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front Phil Chin    2011, Vol. 6 Issue (3) : 465-479
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What Does Fodor’s “Anti-Darwinism” Mean to Natural Theology?
XU Yingjin()
School of Philosophy, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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In the current dialogue of “science and religion,” it is widely assumed that the thoughts of Darwinists and that of atheists overlap. However, Jerry Fodor, a full-fledged atheist, recently announced a war against Darwinism with his atheistic campaign. Prima facie, this “civil war” might offer a chance for theists: If Fodor is right, Darwinistic atheism will lose the cover of Darwinism and become less tenable. This paper provides a more pessimistic evaluation of the situation by explaining the following: Fodor’s criticism of adaptationism (as the backbone of Darwinism), viz., his refutation of any counterfactual-supporting laws on the macro-evolutionary level, implies that a law-maker is dispensable on this level. This will either encourage skepticism against the omniscience (at least that concerning the future of macro-evolution) of the Creator, or render the notion of God less appealing.

Keywords adaptationism      algorithm      atheism      counterfactual-supporting laws      Darwinism      Fodor      law-maker      natural theology     
Corresponding Authors: XU Yingjin,   
Issue Date: 05 September 2011
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XU Yingjin. What Does Fodor’s “Anti-Darwinism” Mean to Natural Theology?[J]. Front Phil Chin, 2011, 6(3): 465-479.
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