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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific (December 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410203549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410203540
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Currie-Knight TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2008
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IF you are curious to read this collection of essays, I would suggest looking elsewhere. While most of the essays are correct, "Science and Morals" is completely - and erroneously - missing from this collection. It is replaced by an essay called "Natural Selection not Inconsistent With Natural Theology," and simply slipped in under the title of "Science and Morals."

To compound the difficulty with this edition, there is no formal 'Table of Contents.' To get to a certain essay, one literally needs to scroll through the entire book. One cannot simply click on an essay title in the table of contents and go to that essay. (One would really suspect that, as this is simply a copy of the Gutenberg Project's file, amazon might have put some work in and created a table of contents in order to justify that $1+ hike in price. (Why not just get it from Gutenberg for free?)

Other than that, this is an interesting essay collection and I must confess that the second essay - in which Huxley works at convincing us that the "secondary cause" of evolution does not rule out belief in the "primary cause" opf God - is interesting. Like the rest of the collection, it is just-as-relevant today as it was when first published.

The rest of the essays deal primarily with Huxley's desire to seperate himself with the then-in-vogue philosophy of social darwinism. Contra this, Huxley argues that while nature is, by itself, morally neutral, we must not see human morals as artificial, but as a legitimate part of the natural fabric. And so much about our moral sentiments and laws of civil society show us that our morals often contrast sharply with the social darwinist ethic of "survival of the fittest," and the brute struggle for existence.
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