Supplementing claire colebrook: A response to "Creative evolution and the creation of man"

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Abstract

In her paper "Creative Evolution and the Creation of Man," one of the arguments Colebrook puts forth is that as a means of challenging the mechanistic and teleological conception of Darwinian evolution, creative evolution takes an antihumanist position by positing that there is an absence of end, thus "man" is able to create his own end. But in taking this position, Colebrook points out that creative evolution re-establishes the humanistic discourse on the human that it was attempting to challenge. To elucidate Colebrook's argument, this paper draws on the work of Derrida to "play" with the notion of style in order to reflect on the ways in which philosophical deductive argumentation and reasoning constitute and perpetuate humanist and metaphysical discourses on the human, and the ends of "man".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-146
Number of pages14
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
Volume48
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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