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Defining Darwin: Essays on the History and Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology
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The most surprising finding is discovering how nearly all the major players sponsored untenable evolutionary ideas, according to Ruse--even Darwin. Ruse writes, "the truth is that there is virtually nothing today in evolutionary studies that corresponds to the facts of the Origin."
Starting with Immanuel Kant, Ruse places into perspective the influence the key players--Erasmus Darwin, Baptiste de Lamarck, Robert Chambers, Georges Cuvier, Alfred Russel Wallace, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, John F. W. Herschel, William Whewell, Charles Lyell, Asa Gray, William Paley, Herbert Spencer, Thomas Henry Huxley, Theodius Dobzhansky, Sewall Wright, Julian Huxley, Adam Sedgwick, John Henslow, Josiah Wedgwood, Robert Malthus, Ernst Mayr, Gregor Mendel, Ronald Fisher, J. B. S. Haldane, Edward D. Cope, E.G. Conklin, Stephen Jay Gould, Niles Eldredge, R. A. Fisher, George Gaylord Simpson, David Hume, Alfred Tennyson, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Dawkins, Ernst Haeckel, Rudolf Raff, Daniel Dennett, John Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, E. B. Ford, G. Ledyard Stebbins, and Edward O. Wilson.
Ruse give his perspective on The Origin of Species, natural selection, social Darwinism, humanism, nature as a machine, evolution and ethics, evolutionary humanism, metaethics, Darwin versus Spencer, determinism, evo-devo, genetics, Darwin and religion, evolution as religion, synthetic theory, and Richard Dawkins.Read more ›