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But Is It Science?: The Philosophical Question in the Creation/Evolution Controversy / Edition 1
     

But Is It Science?: The Philosophical Question in the Creation/Evolution Controversy / Edition 1

by Robert T. Pennock, Michael Ruse
 

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ISBN-10: 1591025826

ISBN-13: 9781591025825

Pub. Date: 08/28/2008

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On December 20, 2005, a U.S. district court in Dover, Pennsylvania, ruled in Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School Board that teaching Intelligent Design in public school biology classes violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The judge explained that Intelligent Design is not science and "cannot uncouple

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On December 20, 2005, a U.S. district court in Dover, Pennsylvania, ruled in Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School Board that teaching Intelligent Design in public school biology classes violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The judge explained that Intelligent Design is not science and "cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents." This case was just the latest attempt by proponents of Intelligent Design or Creationism to undermine the teaching of evolution in high school biology classes. The emotionally charged controversy, which has been going on since the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, shows no sign of letting up.
This excellent collection, now fully updated, will inform readers about the history of the debate and bring philosophical clarity to the complex arguments on both sides. The editors, both of whom served as expert witnesses in two different court cases, start by chronicling the heated discussion that surrounded the publication of Darwin’s famous work. In the next part, they present articles that explicate modern evolutionary theory, including philosophical critiques by Karl Popper and others. The selections that follow discuss so-called Creation Science, focusing in particular on the 1981 McLean court case in Arkansas. In the final section, the philosophical issues surrounding the distinction between religion and science in the most recent Kitzmiller case are considered. This outstanding overview of an important contemporary debate shows that philosophy has a vital role to play in major decisions affecting education and interpretations of science and religion.

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ISBN-13:
9781591025825
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Part I Religious, Scientific, and Philosophical Background

Introduction to Part I 19

1 The Bible (Genesis 1 and 2; John 1:1-18) 27

2 Natural Theology William Paley 33

3 On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin 38

4 Objections to Mr. Darwin's Theory of the Origin of Species Adam Sedgwick 65

5 The Origin of Species Thomas H. Huxley 73

6 What Is Darwinism? Charles Hodge 82

7 Darwinism as a Metaphysical Research Program Karl Popper 105

8 Karl Popper's Philosophy of Biology Michael Ruse 116

9 Human Nature: One Evolutionist's View Francisco Ayala 136

10 Universal Darwinism Richard Dawkins 158

Part II Creation Science and the McLean Case

Introduction to Part II 187

11 The Creationists Ronald L. Numbers 192

12 Creation, Evolution, and the Historical Evidence Duane T. Gish 231

13 Witness Testimony Sheet: McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education Michael Ruse 253

14 United States District Court Opinion: McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education Judge William R. Overton 279

15 The Demise of the Demarcation Problem Larry Laudan 312

16 Science at the Bar-Causes for Concern Larry Laudan 331

17 Pro Judice Michael Ruse 337

18 More on Creationism Larry Laudan 345

19 Commentary: Philosophers at the Bar-Some Reasons for Restraint Barry R. Gross 350

Part III Intelligent Design Creationism and the Kitzmiller Case

Introduction to Part III 369

20 But Isn't It Creationism? The Beginnings of "Intelligent Design" in the Midst of the Arkansas and Louisiana Litigation Nick Matzke 377

21 What Is Darwinism? Phillip E. Johnson 414

22 Is It Science Yet? Intelligent Design, Creationism, and the Constitution Matthew J. Brauer Barbara ForrestSteven G. Gey 426

23 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District Expert Witness Testimony Michael Behe 434

24 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District Expert Report Robert T. Pennock 456

25 A Step toward the Legalization of Science Studies Steve Fuller 485

26 What Is Wrong with Intelligent Design? Elliott Sober 495

27 United States District Court Memorandum Opinion: Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. Judge John E. Jones II 506

28 Can't Philosophers Tell the Difference between Science and Religion? Demarcation Revisited Robert T. Pennock 536

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