Supplementing Claire Colebrook: A response to "Creative evolution and the creation of man"

Nicole Anderson*

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In her paper "Creative Evolution and the Creation of Man," one of the arguments Colebrook puts forth is that as a means of challenging the mechanistic and teleological conception of Darwinian evolution, creative evolution takes an antihumanist position by positing that there is an absence of end, thus "man" is able to create his own end. But in taking this position, Colebrook points out that creative evolution re-establishes the humanistic discourse on the human that it was attempting to challenge. To elucidate Colebrook's argument, this paper draws on the work of Derrida to "play" with the notion of style in order to reflect on the ways in which philosophical deductive argumentation and reasoning constitute and perpetuate humanist and metaphysical discourses on the human, and the ends of "man".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-146
Number of pages14
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
EventSpindel conference (28th : 2009): The sexes of evolution: continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, and evolutionary theory - University of Memphis, Memphis, United States
Duration: 24 Sep 200926 Sep 2009


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