“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Latour's Latest on Teleology

My ego wants to think it's because he read the book I sent him last year. HT Steven Shaviro:

Evolutionary theology shares with the old natural theology of the eighteenth century the admiration for the marvelous adjustment of the world. It does not matter much if this leads to an admiration for the wisdom of God, or of Evolution, since in both cases it is the marvelous fit that generates the impression of providing an explanation. Darwin would destroy the natural theology of old as well as this other natural theology based on evolution: there is no fit, no sublime adaptation, no marvelous adjustment. But the new natural theologians have not realized that Darwin dismantled their church even more quickly than that of those of their predecessors, whom they despise so much.
On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods (footnote 6 to chapter 3, on page 149)

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