Thu August 23, 2012
Dr. Lenn Goodman of Vanderbilt University on "Creation and Evolution" (Encore presentation.)
On today's program, we listen back to a conversation from February of this year with Dr. Lenn Goodman, the Mellon Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. At that time, Dr. Goodman was preparing to give a talk here at TU entitled "Creation and Evolution." An award-winning scholar and prolific author, Dr. Goodman's philosophical interests have mainly been in metaphysics and ethics, with special attention to Islamic and Jewish philosophical thought and their creative interactions. He's served on the editorial boards of Philosophy East and West, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, Asian Philosophy, and History of Philosophy Quarterly. He's also written more than 100 articles, as well as the following books: "Monotheism: A Philosophic Inquiry into the Foundations of Theology and Ethics" (1981), "On Justice: An Essay in Jewish Philosophy" (1991), "Avicenna" (1992), "God of Abraham" (1992), "Judaism, Human Rights, and Human Values" (1998), "Jewish and Islamic Philosophy: Crosspollinations in the Classic Age" (1999), "In Defense of Truth: A Pluralistic Approach" (2001), and "Islamic Humanism" (2003). In his chat with us on today's ST, Dr. Goodman basically argues that we as human beings must recognize that science and religion are both awesome, boundless, and vitally important phenomena that cannot exist without one another --- indeed, that each one needs the other in order to achieve its full meaning and potential.