From is to Ought

  • Antony Flew
Part of the New Studies in Ethics book series (NSE)


The panorama presented by evolutionary biology is, though often terrible, magnificent; and to have brought the development of all living things within the scope of a single theory constitutes one of the greatest achievements of the human mind. ‘Thus’, in the concluding words of the Origin, ‘from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers originally breathed by its Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.’56 There is indeed.


Contingent Fact Evolutionary Ethic Ethical Belief Naturalistic Fallacy Factual Premise 
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© Antony Flew 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antony Flew
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  1. 1.University of KeeleUK

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