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dc.contributor.authorLenow, Joseph E.en_US
dc.contributor.editorSimkins, Ronald A.en_US
dc.contributor.editorSmith, Zachary B.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-01T22:34:46Z
dc.date.available2019-02-01T22:34:46Z
dc.date.issued2019en_US
dc.identifier.citationLenow, J. E. (2019). Evolution, Human Enhancement, and Human Nature: Four Challenges to Essentialism in Theological Anthropology. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 18, 205-231.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1941-8450en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/121333
dc.description.abstractThe Christian theological tradition has been predominantly essentialist: it has held that creation is ordered by God’s providential work into natural kinds, and that each kind exemplifies a nature proper to it. Yet essentialism is often taken to be a discredited position in the modern academy. This paper assesses four contemporary arguments against essentialism: a broadly Wittgensteinian one; a Derridean one; an argument from evolutionary biology; and an argument from transhumanist thought. In so doing, it seeks to establish the criteria that any contemporary restatement of essentialism must meet to be considered a success.|Keywords: theological anthropology, evolution, transhumanism, human enhancement, human natureen_US
dc.publisherRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe journal is open-access and freely allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all published material for personal or academic purposes.en_US
dc.titleEvolution, Human Enhancement, and Human Nature: Four Challenges to Essentialism in Theological Anthropologyen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.rights.holderRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.description.volume18en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraskaen_US
dc.title.workSupplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Societyen_US
dc.description.noteReligion and Reformen_US
dc.description.pages205-231en_US


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