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Darwinism and Its Discontents

ISBN-10: 052172824X
ISBN-13: 9780521728249
Edition: 2008
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Description: This book presents an ardent defence of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution against its many critics by one of the leading experts on this subject. Offering a clear and comprehensive exposition of the thinking of Darwin, Michael Ruse brings the  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

This book presents an ardent defence of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution against its many critics by one of the leading experts on this subject. Offering a clear and comprehensive exposition of the thinking of Darwin, Michael Ruse brings the story up to day, examining important issues such as the origins of life, the fossil record, the mechanism of natural selection, and rival theories such as punctuated equilibrium, the story of human evolution (including the recently found "hobbits," Homo floresiensis), fraud in biological science, literary approaches to evolution, and the philosophical and religious implications of Darwinism, notably a discussion of Creationism and its modern day offshoot, Intelligent Design Theory. Ruse draws upon the most recent discoveries, but writes with a minimum of jargon. His book will appeal to many readers, from professional biologists to concerned citizens who worry that Darwinism is a naturalistic religion that is forced on school children in face of their own deeply held Christian convictions. Openly revealing his own beliefs, Ruse 's aim throughout is to present information and critical tools so that the reader can make informed decisions for him or herself.

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Charles Darwin and His Revolution
The Fact of Evolution
The Origin of Life
The Path of Evolution
The Cause of Evolution
Limitations and Restrictions
Humans
Fact or Fiction?
Dishonest Science?
Philosophy
Literature
Religion
References
Index

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