Michael Ruse

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  • Phillip A Griffiths, Robert Mccormick, Adams Secretary, Bruce M Alberts, Elkan R Blout, Harkness Professor +33 others
  • 2007
Public Policy (COSEPUP) which has authorized its release to the public. This report has been reviewed by a group other than the authors according to procedures approved by COSEPUP and the Report Review Committee. All orders must be prepaid with delivery to a single address. No additional discounts apply. Prices are subject to change without notice. The(More)
In his new book, The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe, Robert J. Richards argues that Charles Darwin's true evolutionary roots lie in the German Romantic biology that flourished around the beginning of the nineteenth century. It is argued that Richards is quite wrong in this claim and that Darwin's roots are in the(More)
" … any confusion between the ideas suggested by science and science itself must be carefully avoided. " – Jacques Monod, Chance and Necessity, p. xiii. Does evolutionary theory have implications about the existence of supernatural entities? This question concerns the logical relationships that hold between the theory of evolution and different bits of(More)
One of the principal objects of theoretical research is to find the point of view from which the subject appears in the greatest simplicity. Most people don't need to be persuaded that the physical world is bewilderingly complex. Everywhere we look, from molecules to clusters of galaxies, we see layer upon layer of complex structures and complex processes.(More)
Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace independently discovered the mechanism of natural selection for evolutionary change. However, they viewed the working of selection differently. For Darwin, selection was always focused on the benefit for the individual. For Wallace, selection was as much something of benefit for the group as for the individual. This(More)
  • Herbert Spencer, Spencer, E O Wilson, Michael Ruse, Marc Hauser, Hauser
  • 2012
Introduction In the increasingly secular atmosphere of the nineteenth century, intellectuals grew wary of the idea that nature had any moral authority. In an earlier age, one might have looked upon the dispositions of nature as having divine sanction, and thus one could more confidently have referred to natural law as grounding moral judgment. Certain(More)
Introduction Recently, much philosophical discussion has centered on the best way to characterize the concepts of random drift 1 and natural selection, and, in particular, whether selection and drift can be conceptually distinguished 2 These authors all contend, to a greater or lesser degree, that their concepts make sense of biological practice. So it(More)