Debating Design From Darwin to DNA

ISBN-10: 0521709903
ISBN-13: 9780521709903
Edition: 2008
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Description: William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide here a comprehensive balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins--a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 422
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254

William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide here a comprehensive balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins--a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been "design." Is the appearance of design in organisms (as exhibited in their functional complexity) the result of purely natural forces acting without prevision or teleology? Or, does the appearance of design signify genuine prevision and teleology, and, if so, is that design empirically detectable and thus open to scientific inquiry? Four main positions have emerged in response to these questions: *Darwinism* *self-organization* *theistic evolution* *intelligent design*. The contributors to this volume define their respective positions in an accessible style, inviting readers to draw their own conclusions. Two introductory essays furnish a historical overview of the debate. William A. Dembski is an associate research professor in the conceptual foundations of science at Baylor University as well as a senior fellow with Seattle's Discovery Institute. His most important books are The Design Inference Cambridge, 1998) and No Free Lunch (Rowman and Littleton, 2002). Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Wekmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is the author of many books, including Can a Darwinian Be a Christian?: The Relationship Between Science and Religion (Cambridge, 2000).

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University. The author of many books, including The Philosophy of Biology and Taking Darwin Seriously, he is also the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy. He has appeared on "Quirks and Quarks" and the Discovery Channel.

Notes on Contributors
Introduction
General Introduction
The Argument from Design: A Brief History
Who's Afraid of ID? A Survey of the Intelligent Design Movement
Darwinism
Design without Designer: Darwin's Greatest Discovery
The Flagellum Unspun: The Collapse of "Irreducible Complexity"
The Design Argument
DNA by Design? Stephen Meyer and the Return of the God Hypothesis
Complex Self-Organization
Prolegomenon to a General Biology
Darwinism, Design, and Complex Systems Dynamics
Emergent Complexity, Teleology, and the Arrow of Time
The Emergence of Biological Value
Theistic Evolution
Darwin, Design, and Divine Providence
The Inbuilt Potentiality of Creation
Theistic Evolution
Intelligent Design: Some Geological, Historical, and Theological Questions
The Argument from Laws of Nature Reassessed
Intelligent Design
The Logical Underpinnings of Intelligent Design
Information, Entropy, and the Origin of Life
Irreducible Complexity: Obstacle to Darwinian Evolution
The Cambrian Information Explosion: Evidence for Intelligent Design
Index

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