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Evolutionary Naturalism : Selected Essays - Michael Ruse

Evolutionary Naturalism

Selected Essays

Hardcover Published: 2nd February 1995
ISBN: 9780415089975
Number Of Pages: 316

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b /b b i Evolutionary Naturalism /i /b is a collection of interconnected essays on the history and philosopy of evolutionary biology written by the influential Canadian philosopher, Michael Ruse. In this book, he argues that the time has arrived to take philosophy out of the hands of the academic theorists and to fully embrace the findings and consequences of the modern sciences. br br These clearly written essays cover a broad range of key topics in the philosophy of science. Michael Ruse discusses several issues in the history of science including Darwinism, population biology, and the paleo-ontological theory of punctuated equilibria'. In addition, he expounds an epistemological theory which argues that our knowledge of the external world is informed by the fact that we ar evolved beings, rather than objects of special creation. Ruse maintains that our evolved state must affect our knowledge and perception of the world in which we live. b /b b i Evolutionary Naturalism /i /b also contains a fierce critique of ethical systems which are rendered as no more than biologically determined collective illusions. br br In b /b b i Evolutionary /i /b b /b b i Materialism /i /b Michael Ruse forges a path between the crude objectivity espoused by many working scientists and the relativism of post-modern critiques of science. Written in a clear and non-technical style, this book provides valuable material for all those interested in the relationship between science and philosophy in the modern world.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Case Studiesp. 11
Introductionp. 13
Ought Philosophers Consider Scientific Discovery?p. 15
Are Pictures Really Necessary?p. 34
Controversy in Palaeontologyp. 70
Evolutionary Epistemologyp. 107
Introductionp. 109
A Threefold Parallelism for Our Time?p. 112
Scientific Change is a Family Affair!p. 138
The View from Somewherep. 154
Evolutionary Ethicsp. 197
Introductionp. 199
Evolutionary Biology and Cultural Valuesp. 202
Evolution and Ethicsp. 223
Evolutionary Ethicsp. 257
Bibliographyp. 292
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780415089975
ISBN-10: 0415089972
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 2nd February 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.76 x 13.87  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1