Seeing in an Evolutionary Perspective

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


It might therefore seem that the conclusions of our long discussion should be what Mrs. Carlyle suggested at the beginning: in her emphatic way she ‘did not feel that the slightest light could be thrown on my practical life for me, by having it ever so logically made out that my first ancestor, millions of millions of ages back, had been, or even had not been, an oyster’.86 Yet even if we discount — as is nowadays generally and perhaps too easily done — any sort of possible implication for questions of religion, Mrs. Carlyle’s conclusion is far too abrupt. For we have still to consider a third way of trying to bring the facts of evolutionary biology into relation with practical conclusions for morals and politics.


Evolutionary Perspective Evolutionary Ethic Moral Claim Evolutionary Vision Divine Command 
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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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