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Science and Religion on the Nature of Love

Don S. Browning

in Altruism and Altruistic Love

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143584
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143584.003.0029
Science and Religion on the Nature of Love

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Foundationalism sets aside the possible truths of all aspects of a culture's traditions and assumes that all scientific and moral truth will be discovered and gradually assembled on the basis of sure and certain beginning points. The terms agape, eros, and caritas are translated in English as “love,” but they have had historically quite different meanings. This emerging congruence between religious and evolutionary perspectives on love should not blind us to important remaining issues between the two perspectives. The naturalism that undergirds research guided by evolutionary theory is understandable and to be expected. The conflicting worldviews of evolutionary psychology and Christian theology should be relativized for the purposes of a more general public philosophy. Evolutionary psychology should realize that on the grounds of its discipline alone, it can neither confirm nor deny any particular worldview, even its own heuristic naturalism.

Keywords: foundationism; agape; eros; caritas; love; evolutionary psychology; Christian theology

Chapter.  5720 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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