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DARWIN AND DESIGN: DOES EVOLUTION HAVE A PURPOSE? (HB)


By RUSE, MICHAEL (Author)
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Price : $29.95  
ISBN : 9780674010239  
Dimension :     Page : 384
Year of Publication : 2003    Edition : 1
Publisher : HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Subject : BIOLOGY




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Toronto Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

The intricate forms of living things bespeak design, and thus a creator: nearly 150 years after Darwin�s theory of natural selection called this argument into question, we still speak of life in terms of design--the function of the eye, the purpose of the webbed foot, the design of the fins. Why is the "argument from design" so tenacious, and does Darwinism--itself still evolving after all these years--necessarily undo it?


The definitive work on these contentious questions, Darwin and Design surveys the argument from design from its introduction by the Greeks, through the coming of Darwinism, down to the present day. In clear, non-technical language Michael Ruse, a well-known authority on the history and philosophy of Darwinism, offers a full and fair assessment of the status of the argument from design in light of both the advances of modern evolutionary biology and the thinking of today�s philosophers--with special attention given to the supporters and critics of "intelligent design."


The first comprehensive history and exposition of Western thought about design in the natural world, this important work suggests directions for our thinking as we move into the twenty-first century. A thoroughgoing guide to a perennially controversial issue, the book makes its own substantial contribution to the ongoing debate about the relationship between science and religion, and between evolution and its religious critics.



Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University. He is the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy, and has appeared on “Quirks and Quarks” and the Discovery Channel.



Content :

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. Two Thousand Years of Design
  • 2. Paley and Kant Fight Back
  • 3. Sowing the Seeds of Evolution
  • 4. A Plurality of Problems
  • 5. Charles Darwin
  • 6. A Subject Too Profound
  • 7. Darwinian against Darwinian
  • 8. The Century of Evolutionism
  • 9. Adaptation in Action
  • 10. Theory and Test
  • 11. Formalism Redux
  • 12. From Function to Design
  • 13. Design as Metaphor
  • 14. Natural Theology Evolves
  • 15. Turning Back the Clock
  • Sources and Suggested Reading
  • Illustration Credits
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
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