Evolution. Is it just a scientific theory or fact, or perhaps a source of philosophical thought which one adopts as an evolutionist or chooses when one has a particular worldview? Evolution actually has philosophical ramifications, ones I want to examine in this essay.
Evolution means several things and must be examined in its context in each appearance. One meaning is "to change." We can speak of a baseball team's "evolution" from a poor team to
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anything else. This is similar to how a person believes a man is guilty of murder when the evidence favors such a verdict. Lamont, however, says humanists adopt a metaphysical outlook on life and world views like this are often taken dogmatically because a world view colors your whole perception of reality and is a paradigm you adopt because it makes sense. Lamont, like other humanists, most likely believes his metaphysics because he wants to.