Thomas Nagel, formerly critical of Kitzmiller vs. Dover case, publishes new book questioning Darwinism

Thomas Nagel

NYU philosophy professor and author Thomas Nagel is shown in 2008. (ASSOCIATED PRESS — FILE)

Thomas Nagel is no stranger to controversy when it comes to arguments over intelligent design, Darwinism and evolution. His criticism of the federal court’s decision in Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District, which banned the teaching of intelligent design in public school biology classes, caused a fury among philosophers and scientists.

Nagel had argued that “The political urge to defend science education against the threats of religious orthodoxy, understandable though it is, has resulted in a counterorthodoxy, supported by bad arguments…”

Now, Nagel is back in the news for his most recent book, “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False.” The New York Times published an article in Thursday’s paper titled “An Author Attracts Unlikely Allies,” detailing the praises from conservative publications and advocates of intelligent design.

The Discovery Institute, a nonprofit best known for its arguments for intelligent design, declared Nagel’s book to be a “defection from Darwinism” by the atheist philosopher, which contained “respectful evaluation of arguments for intelligent design.”

The Times’ article explains that, in “Mind and Cosmos,”

“Mr. Nagel calls for an entirely new kind of science, one based on what he calls ‘natural teleology’ — a tendency for the universe to produce certain outcomes, like consciousness, but without any help from a Godlike agent.”

 Do you remember the Kitzmiller vs. Dover case? Did you agree or disagree with the court’s decision to ban intelligent design teachings in public schools? Leave a comment below.

More:
What was at stake in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District
End of Kitzmiller v. Dover leaves void
Read the full New York Times article on Nagel’s new book
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