Monad to Man - The concept of progress in evolutionary biology (Relié)

Michael Ruse

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The idea of evolution : it fascinates some of us, disturbs others, and leaves only a very few people indifférent. In a major new interprétation of evolutionary theory, Michael Ruse pinpoints thé common source of this attraction and discomfort. A renowned writer on evolutionary theory and its history, Ruse has long been sensitive to the fact that many people-and not simply religions enthusiasts-find something deeply troubling about much of what passes for science in evolutionary circles. What causes this tension, he finds in his search of evolutionism's 250-year history, is the intimate relationship between evolution and the secular ideology of progress. Ubiquitous in Darwin's time, the idea of an unceasing improvement in life insinuated its way into evolutionary theory from the first. In interviews with today's major figures in evolutionary biology-including Stephen Jay Gould, Edward O Wilson, Ernst Mayr, and John Maynard Smith-and in an intimate look at thé discoveries and advances in the history and philosophy of science, Ruse finds this belief just as prevalent today however it might be denied or obscured. His book traces thé délicate line between those who argue that science is and must be objective and those who deem science a "social construction" in the fashion of religion or the rest of culture. It offers an unparalleled account of evolutionary theory, from popular books to museums to the most complex theorizing, at a time when its status as science is under greater scrutiny than ever before.
    • Progress and Culture
    • The Birth of Evolutionism
    • The Nineteenth Century : From Cuvier to Owen
    • Charles Darwin and Progress
    • Evolution as World View
    • The Professional Biologist
    • Evolution Travels West
    • British Evolutionists and Mendelian Genetics
    • Discipline Building in Britain
    • The Genetics of Populations
    • The Synthesis
    • Professional Evolutionism
    • Contemporary Debates.
  • Date de parution : 01/01/1996
  • Editeur : HARVARD UNIV PR
  • ISBN : 0-674-58220-9
  • EAN : 9780674582200
  • Présentation : Relié
  • Nb. de pages : 627 pages
  • Poids : 1.03 Kg
  • Dimensions : 17,0 cm × 24,2 cm × 3,5 cm

Biographie de Michael Ruse

Michael Ruse is Professor of Philosophy and Zoology at the University of Guelph in Ontario. The author of many books, including The Philosophy of Biology and Taking Darwin Seriously, he is also the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy.

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