Darwin and Design Does Evolution Have a Purpose?

ISBN-10: 0674016319
ISBN-13: 9780674016316
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $25.50
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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 ldquo;Quirks and Quarksrdquo; and the Discovery Channel.

Preface
Introduction
Two Thousand Years of Design
Paley and Kant Fight Back
Sowing the Seeds of Evolution
A Plurality of Problems
Charles Darwin
A Subject Too Profound
Darwinian against Darwinian
The Century of Evolutionism
Adaptation in Action
Theory and Test
Formalism Redux
From Function to Design
Design as Metaphor
Natural Theology Evolves
Turning Back the Clock
Sources and Suggested Reading
Illustration Credits
Acknowledgments
Index

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