Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?

Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose?

by Michael Ruse
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674016319

ISBN-13: 9780674016316

Pub. Date: 09/30/2004

Publisher: Harvard

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674016316
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,195,282
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Two Thousand Years of Design

2. Paley and Kant Fight Back

3. Sowing the Seeds of Evolution

4. A Plurality of Problems

5. Charles Darwin

6. A Subject Too Profound

7. Darwinian against Darwinian

8. The Century of Evolutionism

9. Adaptation in Action

10. Theory and Test

11. Formalism Redux

12. From Function to Design

13. Design as Metaphor

14. Natural Theology Evolves

15. Turning Back the Clock

Sources and Suggested Reading

Illustration Credits

Acknowledgments

Index

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