We are grateful to Jerry Fodor—perhaps the most substantial philosopher of our time, who has now died—for exposing what he called the “empty” Darwinian theory of natural selection and for his courage as well as his superb humor in the face of unrelenting opposition.
“I’m in the Witness Protection Program,” Fodor joked when I called him to request an interview following publication of his provocative article in the London Review of Books (“Why Pigs Don’t Have Wings,” October 2007) about the problems of Darwin’s selectionist theory.
Fodor never claimed to be a biologist. “It’s not my field,” he told me. But he was the son of a bacteriologist and was comfortable in the science discourse because he didn’t see philosophy and science as separate.More.
Enjoy Mazur and Fodor as an escape this weekend from turkeys, wrappings, and botched casseroles!
Note: Mazur is the author of Public Evolution Summit, a handbook to the questions many evolutionary biologists are asking today.
See also: New Yorker on the late Jerry Fodor, a careful thinker who took on the “natural selection” cult
Philosopher Jerry Fodor (1935-2017)