Darwinism and Conservatism: Friends or Foes?
About This Event

There is a growing debate among conservative thinkers and pundits about whether Darwinian theory helps or harms conservatism and its public policy agenda. Some have argued forcefully that Darwin's theory provides support for conservative positions on family life, economics, bioethics, and other issues, while others have countered that the effort Listen to Audio


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to justify conservative policy positions on Darwinian grounds is fundamentally flawed. Does Darwin's theory help defend or undermine traditional morality and family life? Does it encourage or discredit economic freedom? Is it a spur or a brake to utopian schemes to re-engineer human nature?

Agenda

8:45 a.m.
Registration
9:00
Introduction:
Steven F. Hayward, AEI
9:10
Speakers:
Larry Arnhart, Northern Illinois University
John Derbyshire, National Review
George Gilder, Discovery Institute
John West, Discovery Institute
Moderator:
Steven F. Hayward, AEI
11:30
Adjournment

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  • Steven F. Hayward was previously the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at AEI. He is the author of the Almanac of Environmental Trends, and the author of many books on environmental topics. He has written biographies of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and of Winston Churchill, and the upcoming book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents. He contributed to AEI's Energy and Environment Outlook series. 
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