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The evolution wars : a guide to the debates
Ruse, Michael.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2000]

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xviii, 428 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
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QH361 .R874 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This award winning text draws on history, science, and philosophy to examine the development of evolutionary thought through the past two and a half centuries.

âeuro;¢ Includes a collection of interesting photographs, ranging from portraits to facsimiles of original texts

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Michael Ruse is a prominent historian and philosopher of science.

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In this latest book, historian and philosopher Ruse delivers an engaging, thought-provoking, and witty analysis of the history of evolutionary thought. Though he clearly defines the parameters of evolutionary biology, his book is really about the evolution of evolutionary thought, and the great and heated conflicts between the players in the history of evolutionary thinking. The evolution controversies are themselves fascinating subjects, and Ruse makes them much more understandable by placing them in the historical, social, religious, and even personal contexts of their times. From the celebrated debates of the 19th century, through the Scopes trial, and past one evolutionist's (Gould's) public assault on the "modern synthesis," Ruse makes real the evolutionary discourse through the past two and a half centuries, bluntly laying open the motives (they are there and in force) of major players on both sides of the continuing evolutionary debate. A must read for students of evolution and the philosophy of science, but also for anyone interested in a fascinating history of a most radical and continuing change in scientific thought that (like it or not) permeates all of biology and society today. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. M. S. Grace; Florida Institute of Technology

Table of Contents

Edward O. Wilson
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologuep. xiii
1 Monad to Man: The Birth of the Ideap. 1
2 Mystery of Mysteries: The Legacy of Charles Darwinp. 29
3 Modified Monkeys: Evolution as Religionp. 59
4 The New World: Darwin in Americap. 89
5 Cold War Warriors: Darwinism and Geneticsp. 117
6 In the Beginning: The Origin of Lifep. 145
7 "Going the Whole Orang": Human Originsp. 171
8 Genetic Determinism? Human Sociobiology Arrivesp. 203
9 Challenges to Orthodoxy: Alternatives to Darwinismp. 231
10 Ultimate Questions: Science and Religionp. 261
Epiloguep. 287
Referencesp. 289
Chronologyp. 301
Glossaryp. 303
Documentsp. 313
Illustration and Document Credits and Permissionsp. 413
Indexp. 419