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Design in Nature

CPNSS and Forum for European Philosophy Thinking in Public panel discussion

Date: Thursday 7 February 2013 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speakers: Professor Sarah Coakley, Professor John Cottingham, Professor John Worrall
Chair: Tim Marlow

The idea that nature displays an inherent purpose, and more generally the hand of a wise designer, may have suffered a blow from Darwinian science, but it seems not to have been a death-blow. Indeed, from both academic and popular wings of theist opinion there is still considerable interest in arguments from design. The classic arguments contended that the natural world is so complex and suited to our survival that we cannot but credit it to the work of a wise designer. In this event we will explore attempts to revive design arguments in a time after Darwin.

Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity and fellow of Murray Edwards College at the University of Cambridge.

John Cottingham is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Reading and an honorary fellow of St John’s College, Oxford.

John Worrall is professor of philosophy of science at LSE.

The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science and the Forum for European Philosophy gratefully acknowledge the support of the LSE Annual Fund.  

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEnature

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