The Philosophy of Human Evolution

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 12, 2012 - Philosophy - 271 pages
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This book provides a unique discussion of human evolution from a philosophical viewpoint, looking at the facts and interpretations since Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man. Michael Ruse explores such topics as the nature of scientific theories, the relationships between culture and biology, the problem of progress and the extent to which evolutionary issues pose problems for religious beliefs. He identifies these issues, highlighting the problems for morality in a world governed by natural selection. By taking a philosophical viewpoint, the full ethical and moral dimensions of human evolution are examined. This book engages the reader in a thorough discussion of the issues, appealing to students in philosophy, biology and anthropology.
 

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Contents

1 Evolutionary biology
1
2 Human evolution
39
3 Real science? Good science?
66
4 Progress
99
5 Knowledge
128
6 Morality
155
7 Sex orientation and race
185
8 From eugenics to medicine
225
Bibliography
246
Index
265
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Michael Ruse is the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science at Florida State University. His previous publications include Can a Darwinian be a Christian?: The Relationship between Science and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Darwinism and its Discontents (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in an Age of Science (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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