Perfection, An End Or Then End

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Perfection, An End or Then End:
The Differing Views of Perfection and Goals
Darwin in The Origin of the Species describes the role of, what he deems, natural selection in the generational changing of species to better adapt to their environment. The adaptation of species over time leads to a question of the idea of an end goal or final adaptation. This end goal in Darwin’s text is the situational perfection of the species. Darwin’s belief of the attainability of situational perfection is a separate subject to explored at a different time. Darwin’s idea of perfection is being defined here as situational because the species adapt in nature to be the most efficient within a particular environment and need to change as the environment changes. He does not describe species adapting to be the most efficient in every environment and confines them to a specific situation. The goal or end is not stagnant making an absolute perfection impossible. To take this idea of perfection further it can be considered in a social context. Hegel presents the idea of perfection as embodied by the state. There is a difference in the definitions of perfection described by each author, but there is commonality. Darwin holds an ideal of a situational perfection; this perfection differs from Hegel’s absolute idea of perfection, which presents an opportunity to observe perfection in a different context, but both authors describe a path of change towards an ultimate goal of their respective perfection.…

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