Foiling the Black Knight

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Why is the academy in general, and philosophy in particular, not more involved in the fight against the creationist threat?Andwhy,whena response is offered, is it so curiously ineffective? I argue, by using an analogy with the battle against the Black Knight from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail,that thedifficulty lies largely in a failure to see the nature of the problem clearly. By modifying the analogy, it is possible to see both why large sections of the academy have remained unmoved and also why many of the reactions to the threat have been so unsuccessful. Finally, Ioffer some very broad suggestions as tohow tomodify our approach inlight of this new perspective.




Smith, K. C. (2011). Foiling the Black Knight. Synthese, 178(2), 219–235.

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