Alan Carling's synopsis of *The Proof of the Pudding: Reason and Value in Social Evolution*

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Thu Dec 20 12:15:33 MST 2001


On September 12, Alan Carling presented a paper at the Marxism
Conference 2001 of the Political Studies Association in which
he presented a synopsis of a new, yet to be published book,
in which he develops and defends his selectionist version
of historical materialism, and relates his theorizing concerning
historical materialism and Darwinism with the work of
various bourgeois thinkers who have been attempting
to relate Darwinism to the human sciences including
the sociobiologists and evolutionary psychologists,
Karl Popper with his evolutionary epistemology,
the social evolutionism of F.A. Hayek, and memetics
as proposed by folk like Richard Dawkins, Susan
Blackmore, and Daniel Dennett.   Carling discusses
and critiques these folks' work and attempts to
make a case as to why his own selectionist historical
materialism represents a superior approach to the
problems that these other people have been attempting
to deal with.

Carling's paper can be found online at

http://www.psa.ac.uk/spgrp/marxism/carling.htm

Jim Farmelant
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