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Darwin and Design By Michael Ruse

Darwin and Design
by Michael Ruse

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This history and exposition of Western thought about design in the natural world suggests directions for our thinking as we move into the 21st century. It contributes to the debate about the relationship between science and religion, and between evolution and its religious critics.
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Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? by Michael Ruse

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 for 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 this 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 work suggests directions for our thinking as we move into the 21st 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.

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Michael Ruse's latest book, "Darwin and Design", is an intellectual history of the design argument and its Darwinian solution...His story is a fascinating one, enlivened especially by his accounts of various imaginative attempts before Darwin to solve the design problem without recourse to a deity.--Daniel W. McShea"American Scientist" (11/01/2003)

About Michael Ruse


MICHAEL RUSE is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University, and the author of Monad to Man: The Concept of Progress in Evolutionary Biology and Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? (both from Harvard).

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GOR010208507
Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? by Michael Ruse
Michael Ruse
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Harvard University Press
2003-06-03
384
067401023X
9780674010239
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