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Wednesday, April 28, 2004


Ruse, Michael. Darwin and design: does evolution have a purpose?. Harvard, 2003.

Choice: "A rich and compelling book that will be welcomed by students in the history and philosophy of science. Highly recommended." First Things: “Although the earlier chapters on Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Kant are too sketchy, even potted, the book picks up with the nineteenth century, where ironies abound…his book is more history than analysis and at times shares in the confusions of his protagonists....” American Scientist: “Ruse is one of the leading philosopher-historians of biology today, and 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…” Christian Century: “Ruse’s generous and sincere outreach to the theological community on issues in science and religion is both inviting and intriguing. Ruse’s works are accessible and invaluable sources of information on evolutionary history and philosophy. They can be of great help to those in the theological and religious communities who wish to take Darwin seriously.” Bioscience: “Ruse’s best book…delightful prose…strikes just the right balance between scholarship and comprehension…”


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