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On Purpose

Michael Ruse


Can we live without the idea of purpose? Should we even try to? Kant thought we were stuck with it, and even Darwin, who profoundly shook the idea, was unable to kill it. Indeed, purpose seems to be making a comeback today, as both religious advocates of intelligent design and some prominent secular philosophers argue that any explanation of life without the idea of purpose is missing something essential. This book explores the history of purpose in philosophical, religious, scientific, and historical thought, from ancient Greece to the present. The book traces how Platonic, Aristotelian, and ... More

Keywords: purpose, Platonic ideas, Aristotelian ideas, Kantian ideas, Western thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691195957
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691195957.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ruse, author
Florida State University