German Jewish-Christian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (26 April 1889–29 April 1951) is considered one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century.1 He played a pivotal role in the development of 20th-Century analytic philosophy and continues to influence current philosophical thought in topics as diverse as logic and language, perception and intention, aesthetics and culture, ethics and religion.
Wittgenstein’s philosophy is often divided into the early and the late stages, both of which were pivotal in their respective periods of history. Wittgenstein was one of Cambridge University’s “greatest contributors to 20th-century philosophy … and his most trenchant disciple, the Cambridge-trained physicist and philosopher of science Stephen Toulmin (1922–2009)—inoculated us against the naïve view that science shows God does not exist and is irrelevant to cosmology”.2
Lifelong skeptic of Darwinism
Wittgenstein was a lifelong skeptic of Darwinism and in his writings he detailed why. For example, while walking in a Zoological Garden he admired the immense variety of flowers, shrubs, trees, birds, reptiles, and other animals. He wrote regarding what he observed there:
“I have always thought that Darwin was wrong: his theory doesn’t account for all this variety of species. It hasn’t the necessary multiplicity. Nowadays some people are fond of saying that at last evolution has produced a species that is able to understand the whole process which gave it birth. … you can’t say [that today].”3
The argument from design clearly impressed him. He also wrote that “Very intelligent and well-educated people believe in the story of creation in the Bible, while others hold it as proven false, and the grounds of the latter are well known to the former [emphasis in original]”.4….
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