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Philosophy of Evolution: The Cosmos

The State of the Question

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The cosmos is endowed with order and beauty.

Regarding creation, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome currently concentrates on the creation of man’s soul, rather than the creation of the cosmos. Very little of the student textbook by La Vecchia is involved in the creation of the universe, the creation of life from non-life, or the creation of body of man, but rather on the psychic evolution of man.1 La Vecchia does not want to seek evolution by looking back toward man’s relation to the animals, but rather by looking forward to hominisation in the evolutionary line of man himself.2 Instead of evolutionary indications such as the use of fire and tools, she would rather pay more attention to burial rites and art to indicate a progressive growth of humanity. La Vecchia traces this process of hominisation from Australopithecus to Homo habilis, then to Homo erectus, and ultimately to both Homo sapiens neaderthalis and Homo sapiens sapiens. She does affirm the immediate creation of the human soul by God.3

Regarding the anthropic principle, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome currently does not explicitly treat the universe working in favor of man. Implicitly, however, in the academic course on evolution La Vecchia provides an opening when she notes that the process of hominisation is now completed and that man has come to the apex of the development of his potentialities.4

Regarding the laws of the cosmos, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome currently concentrates more on the evolution of man, than the evolution of the cosmos. However, the argument that La Vecchia uses to explain, illustrate, and prove evolution philosophically is the process of hominisation.5 The order and predictability of the development of man that La Vecchia traces from Australopithecus to Homo habilis, then to Homo erectus, and ultimately to both Homo sapiens neaderthalis and Homo sapiens sapiens, is a prime illustration of the laws of the cosmos. Man can also know the laws of the cosmos and use them to his advantage.6

Author:  John Edward Mulvihill, S.T.D., D.Min., Ph.D.
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