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Defining Darwin

Un libro in lingua di Michael Ruse edito da Prometheus Books, 2009

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In this collection of new and recent essays, historian of science Ruse (philosophy, Florida State U.) re-evaluates Darwin's scientific legacy, paying special attention to the ways in which the concept of natural selection has influenced ethical and religious thought. After showing how Darwin's great theory was at least in part a rebuttal to Kant and Cuvier's earlier philosophic objections to evolution as the motor of species change, Ruse looks at how later thinkers (such as Spencer and Julian Huxley) tried to link Darwinian evolution with ethics. Moving into the present day, Ruse looks at the interplay between functionalist and formalist paradigms in biology. He suggests that one effect of the conflict between evolution and creationism has been to cause some prominent anti-creationists to turn evolution into a kind of religion. Throughout, Ruse's prose neatly straddles the divide between popular and academic writing in a way that most readers will find appealing. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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