Review of Plotkin’s Evolutionary Worlds without End

Posted on July 29, 2011


Not long ago, Philosophy in Review put online a review I did of Henry Plotkin’s Evolutionary Worlds without End. A most worthwhile read (the book that is, the assessment of the review I leave to others). Here is the first paragraph:

Plotkin’s synthesis is a gem of a book, but a flawed gem. His vision of how evolutionary theory promises to serve as the general explanatory theory for all biological phenomena— from organisms, through culture, all the way to science—at times induces vertigo with its depth of vision. Yet, problems—both avoidable and unavoidable—detract from the overall impact the book has upon the reader.