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Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA

Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA

by William A. Dembski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521709903

ISBN-13: 9780521709903

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide here a comprehensive, balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins - a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been "design." Is the appearance of design in organisms (as exhibited in their functional

Overview

William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide here a comprehensive, balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins - a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been "design." Is the appearance of design in organisms (as exhibited in their functional complexity) the result of purely natural forces acting without prevision or teleology? Or, does the appearance of design signify genuine prevision and teleology, and, if so, that design empirically detectable and thus open to scientific inquiry? Four main positions have emerged in response to these questions: Darwinism, self-organization, theistic evolution, and intelligent design. The contributors to this volume define their respective positions in an accessible style, inviting readers to draw their own conclusions. Two introduction essays furnish a historical overview of the debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521709903
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
1,252,742
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors     vii
Introduction
General Introduction   William A. Dembski   Michael Ruse     3
The Argument from Design: A Brief History   Michael Ruse     13
Who's Afraid of ID? A Survey of the Intelligent Design Movement   Angus Menuge     32
Darwinism
Design without Designer: Darwin's Greatest Discovery   Francisco J. Ayala     55
The Flagellum Unspun: The Collapse of "Irreducible Complexity"   Kenneth R. Miller     81
The Design Argument   Elliott Sober     98
DNA by Design? Stephen Meyer and the Return of the God Hypothesis   Robert T. Pennock     130
Complex Self-Organization
Prolegomenon to a General Biology   Stuart Kauffman     151
Darwinism, Design, and Complex Systems Dynamics   Bruce H. Weber   David J. Depew     173
Emergent Complexity, Teleology, and the Arrow of Time   Paul Davies     191
The Emergence of Biological Value   James Barham     210
Theistic Evolution
Darwin, Design, and Divine Providence   John F. Haught     229
The Inbuilt Potentiality of Creation   John Polkinghorne     246
Theistic Evolution   Keith Ward     261
Intelligent Design: Some Geological, Historical, and Theological Questions   Michael Roberts     275
The Argument from Laws of Nature Reassessed   Richard Swinburne     294
Intelligent Design
The Logical Underpinnings of Intelligent Design   William A. Dembski     311
Information, Entropy, and the Origin of Life   Walter L. Bradley     331
Irreducible Complexity: Obstacle to Darwinian Evolution   Michael J. Behe     352
The Cambrian Information Explosion: Evidence for Intelligent Design   Stephen C. Meyer     371
Index     393

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