Ben Wiker traces the story that explains our present perplexing moral culture, showing how it was Darwinism that provided the ancient teaching of Epicurus with the seemingly modern and scientific basis that captured twentieth-century minds.Ben Wiker traces the story that explains our present perplexing moral culture, showing how it was Darwinism that provided the ancient teaching of Epicurus with the seemingly modern and scientific basis that captured twentieth-century minds.Read Less
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New. In trying to discern the roots of our ethical malaise, Benjamin Wiker proposes that Darwinism merely gave a shot of steroids to an Epicurean materialistic ''acid'' that has been eating away at our sense of purpose or moral significance for over two millennia. Darwin was only the most recent major figure in a diverse lineage that began with Epicurus and continued at critical junctures with Lucretius, William of Occam, Newton and LaPlace, Macchiavelli, Bacon, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau. The modern world is at the endpoint of a long--well, evolution--of a philosophy that tells us to get what we can, while we can, because this world's all there is. The Christian alternative is becoming as stark and countercultural as it was when it first came into the world. 327 pp.
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