First published in 1900, this philosophical essay on Evolution questions how the acceptance of Evolution as scientific should influence the thoughts and actions of humankind from the perspective of morality and moral conduct. In his discussion, Frank B. Jevons deals with such subjects as pessimism and optimism towards evolutionary theory, the laws of motion and matter, and the importance of scientific evidence.
Table of Contents
1. Optimism 2. Illusion 3. Pessimism 4. Idealism 5. The Real 6. Evolution as the Redistribution of Matter and Motion 7. Necessity 8. Insufficient Evidence 9. Consequences 10. The Chess-Board 11. The Common Faith of Mankind 12. Progress 13. Evolution as Purpose 14. Conclusion; Appendix. On Bishop Berkeley’s Idealism; Index