Of the plurality of worlds

William Whewell ; edited and with new introductory materials by Michael Ruse

Is there intelligent life on other worlds? William Whewell, one of the most influential British intellectuals of the nineteenth century, weighed in on this question with "Of the Plurality of Worlds." Writing anonymously, Whewell argued that there was no life anywhere else in the universe. Admitting such a possibility, he feared, would threaten humanity's special relationship with God, and open the door to supporters of evolution. The publication of "Plurality" in 1853 ignited a bitter Victorian debate on science and religion. This book reprints the first edition in facsimile, together with a vigorous response to his critics that Whewell added later and new introductory and bibliographic material by noted Darwin scholar Michael Ruse. This edition also includes 84 typeset pages--never before published--that Whewell cut from the original book at the last moment. Showing clearly the theological underpinnings of Whewell's thinking, these chapters also reveal the difficulties facing any Victorian who tried to reconcile traditional Christian thought with the findings of modern science.

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Is there intelligent life on other worlds? William Whewell, one of the most influential British intellectuals of the nineteenth century, weighed in on this question with "Of the Plurality of Worlds." Writing anonymously, Whewell argued that there was no life anywhere else in the universe. Admitting such a possibility, he feared, would threaten humanity's special relationship with God, and open the door to supporters of evolution. The publication of "Plurality" in 1853 ignited a bitter Victorian debate on science and religion. This book reprints the first edition in facsimile, together with a vigorous response to his critics that Whewell added later and new introductory and bibliographic material by noted Darwin scholar Michael Ruse. This edition also includes 84 typeset pages--never before published--that Whewell cut from the original book at the last moment. Showing clearly the theological underpinnings of Whewell's thinking, these chapters also reveal the difficulties facing any Victorian who tried to reconcile traditional Christian thought with the findings of modern science.

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書名 Of the plurality of worlds
著作者等 Ruse, Michael
Whewell, William
Whewell William (formerly Professor of Mineralogy and Professor of Moral Philosophe University of Cambridge)
Ruse Michael (Professor of Philosophy Florida State University USA)
出版元 University of Chicago Press
刊行年月 2001
版表示 Facsim. of 1853 ed
ページ数 v, 510 p.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 0226894363
0226894355
NCID BA55869119
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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