The Journal of Evolutionary Philosophy         

Dedicated to promoting the theory of evolution as a solid foundation upon which to build a meaningful philosophy of human life.
 

About Evolutionary Philosophy

Since the theory of evolution gained widespread acceptance in the late 1800s, scientists and philosophers have been searching for ways to relate evolution to how we live, how we interact with society, and how we think about our place in existence.

All of this has been controversial and problematic. Not only does evolution clash with popular creation myths, but in the first half of the 20th century, we saw how evolutionary ideas could be manipulated by powerful political interests to increase social discrimination and bring about destructive outcomes.

Since then, despite some very thoughtful contributions, evolutionary philosophy has remained an under-appreciated branch of philosophy. For a long time, evolution was ignored by academic philosophers and social scientists as though 'where we came from' had no influence on 'who we think we are' or 'how we should live'.

However, recent advances in biological science, along with the appearance of aggressive new forms of creationism, have forced many academic philosophers and social scientists to decide whether they are prepared to defend evolutionary theory, and this is leading to a resurgence of interest in evolutionary philosophy.

Of particular interest are questions like ... how much of an influence does evolution have on human behavior? And what are the philosophical implications of evolution on issues that relate to ethics and morality?

This is not an evolution vs creation debate website. It assumes that evolution is a fact, but that the theory is still being developed, and that there are still many important questions that need to be answered before evolution can mature into a comprehensive philosophy of life.

 

Summaries of Evolutionary Philosophy

These short summaries cover various aspects of evolutionary theory and philosophy ...

• Evolutionary theories of aging

• The evolution of sexual reproduction

• The evolution of sexual behavior

• Human sexual behavior

• Evolution and homosexuality

• Evolutionary psychology

• Cultural evolution

• Book reviews

The following pages are currently under construction ...

• Evolution and the struggle for power and wealth

• Evolutionary theories of ethics and morality

• Evolutionary analysis of philosophy

• Evolutionary analysis of religion

• Human biological diversity and political equality

• Problems with evolutionary theory

• Opposition to evolutionary philosophy

• Evolutionary metaphysics

• The history of evolutionary theory

These summaries will be continuously refined. If you have any suggestions or corrections, please contact the editor.

 

Links to Evolutionary Philosophy websites

Our Virtual Library of Evolutionary Philosophy has a comprehensive and growing list of links to quality resources relating to the philosophical implications of the theory of evolution.
Click to find websites with ...

• resources for learning about evolution

• advanced references on evolution

• blogs with evolution news

• evolutionary philosophy

• evolutionary psychology

• cultural evolution and memes

• evolutionary ethics and morality

• evolutionary theories of sex

• evolutionary theories of aging

• human diversity and equality

• evolutionary metaphysics

• objections to evolution

• science and philosophy forums

• scientific publications

• evolutionary humor

• other evolution link pages

• evolution webrings

• other virtual libraries

 

Contribute to the Journal

The Journal of Evolutionary Philosophy is currently under development.

Over the next six months, we will be developing this website into the most authoritative and easiest to understand introduction to evolutionary philosophy for every interested person on the Internet.

If you would like to assist our editorial team, if you know of any unlisted websites with relevent information, or if you would like to publish your own article on this website, then please contact the editor.