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Darwin and Design

Does Evolution Have a Purpose?

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$32.00 • £27.95 • €29.95

ISBN 9780674016316

Publication Date: 09/30/2004

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384 pages

12 halftones, 5 line illustrations

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This has to be the best of Ruse’s many books, and it is hard to imagine how a better one could be written on this subject. With an understanding erudition spiced with good-natured wit and occasional sly ribaldry, Ruse moves easily and assuredly among biology, philosophy, history, and theology.—Robert T. Pennock, Science

Michael Ruse’s latest book, Darwin and Design, is an intellectual history of the design argument and its Darwinian solution… 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.—Daniel W. McShea, American Scientist

To anyone interested in the evolution of evolution, I recommend this book.—John Tyler Bonner, Natural History

Anyone who is interested in the ‘science wars’ controversy or the history of evolutionary thought will find this book fascinating and rewarding. The prose is masterful—relaxed, colloquial, rich in information, and suffused with flashes of malicious wit and delicious historical tidbits.—Matt Cartmill, Reports of the National Center for Science Education

Ruse examines the concept of ‘design’ in nature, explaining why it still remains a strong influence despite the scientific revolution, and historically, how it dominated Western thought from ancient Greece (Plato) to the advent and predominance of Christianity… A rich and compelling book.—J. S. Schwartz, Choice

Awards & Accolades

  • A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

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