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" Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of equally inappreciable length. And as natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection. "
The Origin of Species
by Charles Darwin - 19?? - 238 pages
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The Scientific & the Divine: Conflict and Reconciliation from Ancient Greece ...

James A. Arieti, Patrick A. Wilson - Philosophy - 2003 - 334 pages
...will then truly give what may be called the plan of creation."14 The plan, he adds, is benevolent: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection."15 In a way, this plan is better than the one described in Genesis. There God began...
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Death, Men, and Modernism: Trauma and Narrative in British Fiction from ...

Ariela Freedman - Literary Collections - 2003 - 155 pages
...3738 This solution is opposed to the evolutionary one, which insists on ultimate progress, and claims "as natural selection works solely by and for the...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfeclion." Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection, ed. JW Burrow (New...
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Progress and Identity in the Plays of W.B. Yeats, 1892-1907

Barbara Ann Suess - Drama - 2003 - 189 pages
...(1859), in fact, culminates on a ideological note, comforting its readers with the consolation that, "as natural selection works solely by and for the...corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection" (489; 428). 8 Gertrude Himmelfarb points out that Huxley later applauded the teleological...
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The Cambridge Companion to Darwin

Gregory Radick - History - 2003 - 486 pages
...muted colours, continues to operate in the Origin of Species, where the guarantee is issued that since 'natural selection works solely by and for the good...and mental endowments will tend to progress towards perfection'.30 Despite having become a more reserved individual, Darwin yet portrayed nature in the...
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Evolution: The History of an Idea

Peter J. Bowler - Science - 2003 - 464 pages
...offset the negative image of a theory based on struggle and suffering, he suggests in the Origin that "as natural selection works solely by and for the...being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend toward perfection" (488-89). Without implying a single hierarchy of evolution leading to humankind,...
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Caesar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century

Ignatius Donnelly, Nicholas Ruddick - Fiction - 2003 - 275 pages
...I.iv.82. 18. Though Darwin, at the end of the first edition of The Origin of Species (1859), did note that "as natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporeal endowments will tend to progress towards perfection" (chap. 14), he nowhere preached the "gospel" Gabriel...
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Sin and Salvation

Duncan Reid, Mark William Worthing - Religion - 2003 - 250 pages
...least, Darwin also pointed to the future by writing: 'And as natural selection works solely and for good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection.'4 Two words are significant in this statement: 'progress' and 'perfection'. Indeed,...
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The Philosophy of Nietzsche

Rex Welshon - Philosophy - 2004 - 227 pages
...the whole world. Hence we may look with some confidence to a secure future of equally inappreciable length. And as natural selection works solely by and...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection.* * C. Darwin, On The Origin of Species (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1975), 489. Here, in...
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The Oxford Handbook of Rationality

Alfred R. Mele William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Piers Rawling Associate Professor of Philosophy both at Florida State University - Reference - 2003 - 496 pages
...organisms, or species. Darwin (1859, 489) concludes The Origin of Species with this optimistic argument: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection." According to Sober's interpretation, Darwin is arguing that since selection maximizes individual fitness,...
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Nietzsche's New Darwinism

John Richardson Professor of Philosophy New York University - Philosophy - 2004 - 300 pages
...Natural selection acts only in a tentative manner" (Descent 1/178). On the other hand he also says: "And as natural selection works solely by and for...endowments will tend to progress towards perfection" (Origin 489). has progressed, in precisely the case they most have in mind—human societies and values....
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