Little known outside his native Australia, David Stove was one of the most illuminating and brilliant philosophical essayists of the postwar era. A fearless attacker of intellectual and cultural orthodoxies, Stove left powerful critiques of scientific irrationalism, Darwinian theories of human behavior, and philosophical idealism. Stove's writing is both rigorous and immensely readable. It is, in the words of Roger Kimball, "an invigorating blend of analytic lucidity, mordant humor, and an amount of common sense too great to be called 'common.'"
Whether the subject is race, feminism, the Enlightenment, or the demand for "non-coercive philosophy," Stove is on the mark with a battery of impressive arguments expressed in sharp, uncompromising prose. Against the Idols of the Age concludes with a generous sampling of his blistering attacks on Darwinism.
Cole Porter and Karl Popper: the Jazz Age in the philosophy of science -- Sabotaging logical expressions -- Paralytic epistemology, or the soundless scream -- D'Holbach's dream: the central claim of the Enlightenment -- "Always apologize, always explain": Robert Nozick's war wounds -- The intellectual capacity of women -- Racial and other antagonisms -- Idealism: a Victorian horror-story (part two) -- Darwinism's dilemma -- Where Darwin first went wrong about man -- Genetic Calvinism, or demons and Dawkins -- "He ain't heavy, he's my brother," or altruism and shared genes.
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Number Of Pages: 347
Published: 1st October 2001