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Philip Kitcher on Point of Inquiry


Philosopher Philip Kitcher appeared on the Center for Inquiry's podcast Point of Inquiry for July 13, 2007, discussing his latest book, Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith (Oxford University Press, 2006) with host D. J. Grothe. Discussing Living with Darwin in BioScience, NCSE's Glenn Branch wrote, "Kitcher discusses the evidence for, and the creationist resistance to, deep time, common ancestry, and natural selection, in vivid and fluent prose, and always with accuracy and insight. Recognizing the historical respectability and the current bankruptcy of intelligent design, he describes it as 'dead science' -- although, in light of its shambling tenacity, 'zombie science' is perhaps a preferable label. Kitcher concludes by offering a historically detailed and sociologically acute diagnosis of creationism as a reaction to what is understood -- and not unreasonably so, he suggests -- as the vanguard of the Enlightenment's critique of supernaturalist and providentialist forms of religion." A Supporter of NCSE, Kitcher is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. An eminent philosopher, he is the author of many books, including the classic critique of young-earth creationism, Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism (MIT Press, 1982).