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The Moral Meaning of Nature: Nietzsche’s Darwinian Religion and Its Critics

Peter J. Woodford


What does biological evolution tell us about the nature of religion, about ethical values, or even about the meaning and purpose of life? Notable contemporary debates have indicated the continuing cultural weight of such questions. This book aims to shed new light on them by examining the significance of an early philosophical discussion of Darwin in late 19th-century Germany. It begins with Friedrich Nietzsche, whose writings stage one of the first - and still most influential - confrontations with the Christian tradition using the resources of Darwinian thought. By examining Nietzsche’s nego ... More

Keywords: religion and science, philosophy of biology, Friedrich Nietzsche, evolutionary ethics, teleology, concept of life, Charles Darwin, philosophy of religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226539751
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226539928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Woodford, author
University of Cambridge