Notre invité sera Tim Lewens, Professeur de Philosophie des sciences (University of Cambridge), son intervention portera sur le sujet suivant:
This talk explores an ongoing tradition -- and perhaps a surprising one -- that we can helpfully characterise as ‘Neo-Paleyanism’. Prominent evolutionary thinkers from Darwin to Maynard Smith to Dawkins have repeatedly cited the work of the natural theologian William Paley with approval. Of course, they vehemently deny that biological phenomena demand explanation in terms of a designing intelligence. But they recommend attention to Paley’s criteria for the detection of adaptation in nature, and in some cases they have explicitly conceived of evolutionary processes in terms of the creation of design. The talk concludes with discussion of the most recent version of Neo-Palyenism, which we owe to Grafen and Gardner.