Darwin And Design

Darwin And Design

by Michael Ruse
     
 

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In clear, non-technical language, Ruse 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… See more details below

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In clear, non-technical language, Ruse 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.

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Choice

Ruse examines the concept of 'design' in nature, explaining why it still remains a strong influence despite the scientific revolution, and historically, how it dominated Western thought from ancient Greece (Plato) to the advent and predominance of Christianity...A rich and compelling book.
— J. S. Schwartz

Reports of the National Center for Science Education

Anyone who is interested in the 'science wars' controversy or the history of evolutionary thought will find this book fascinating and rewarding. The prose is masterfill—relaxed, colloquial, rich in information, and suffused with flashes of malicious wit and delicious historical tidbits.
— Matt Cartmill

Natural History

To anyone interested in the evolution of evolution, I recommend this book.
— John Tyler Bonner

Science

This has to be the best of Ruse's many books, and it is hard to imagine how a better one could be written on this subject. With an understanding erudition spiced with good-natured wit and occasional sly ribaldry, Ruse moves easily and assuredly among biology, philosophy, history, and theology.
— Robert T. Pennock

American Scientist

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

Choice - J. S. Schwartz
Ruse examines the concept of 'design' in nature, explaining why it still remains a strong influence despite the scientific revolution, and historically, how it dominated Western thought from ancient Greece (Plato) to the advent and predominance of Christianity...A rich and compelling book.
Reports of the National Center for Science Education - Matt Cartmill
Anyone who is interested in the 'science wars' controversy or the history of evolutionary thought will find this book fascinating and rewarding. The prose is masterfill--relaxed, colloquial, rich in information, and suffused with flashes of malicious wit and delicious historical tidbits.
Natural History - John Tyler Bonner
To anyone interested in the evolution of evolution, I recommend this book.
Science - Robert T. Pennock
This has to be the best of Ruse's many books, and it is hard to imagine how a better one could be written on this subject. With an understanding erudition spiced with good-natured wit and occasional sly ribaldry, Ruse moves easily and assuredly among biology, philosophy, history, and theology.
American Scientist - Daniel W. McShea
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.
The Washington Post
… Ruse's reassuring message is that we need not resist the temptation to seek direction and purpose in biology. Indeed, "biology as we know it today would be dreadfully impoverished without a perspective that asks 'what for.' " — Mark Parascandola
KLIATT
This is the third in a series of books on evolution written by philosophy professor Ruse. This is not "Evolution for Dummies," but an erudite analysis of the love-hate relationship of science and religion. Ruse's writing style is not difficult, but some of the concepts he explores are, requiring a sophistication and education in philosophy, history and science to fully grasp his ideas. Is the fact that life forms are often beautiful beyond any utilitarian need a sign that both scientists and theologians are right in regard to the creation of life? Darwin seemed drawn to both sides of the question and his descendents have been arguing about it ever since. An excellent bibliography and index are included. Serious readers will want to read the first two books in the trilogy, though the books are meant to stand alone as well. KLIATT Codes: A—Recommended for advanced students and adults. 2003, Harvard Univ. Press, 371p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 17 to adult.
—Nola Theiss

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016316
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.99(d)

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