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Ruse, Michael

Works: 168 works in 921 publications in 6 languages and 45,031 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Actor, Author of introduction, Other, Publishing director, Contributor
Classifications: QH371, 231.7652
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Ruse
The evolution-creation struggle by Michael Ruse( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Dutch and held by 1,938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his latest book, Michael Ruse, a preeminent authority on Darwinian evolutionary thought and a leading participant in the ongoing debate, uncovers surprising similarities between evolutionist and creationist thinking. Exploring the underlying philosophical commitments of evolutionists, he reveals that those most hostile to religion are just as evangelical as their fundamentalist opponents. But more crucially, and reaching beyond the biblical issues at stake, he demonstrates that these two diametrically opposed ideologies have, since the Enlightenment, engaged in a struggle for the privilege of defining human origins, moral values, and the nature of reality." "Highlighting modern-day partisans as divergent as Richard Dawkins and Left Behind authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Ruse's book takes on the assumptions of controversialists of every stripe and belief and offers to all a new and productive way of understanding this unifying, if often bitter, quest."--Jacket
The evolution wars : a guide to the debates by Michael Ruse( Book )

33 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has been more than 70 years since Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan debated the controversial topic of evolution versus creation. The evolution wars draws on history, science, and philosophy to examine the development of evolutionary thought through the past two and a half centuries. It focuses on the great debates, including the 19th century clash over the nature of classification and debates about the fossil record, genetics, and human nature. Much attention is paid to external factors and the underlying motives of scientists. In these pages you will meet Charles Darwin's grandfather Erasmus, the Frenchmen Georges Cuvier and Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, new creationist Phillip Johnson, J.B.S. Haldane, and many other stars of the debates
The Darwinian revolution : science red in tooth and claw by Michael Ruse( Book )

35 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution : the first four billion years( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to evolutionary biology, with sixteen essays about the history and philosophy of the field, related empirical and theoretical questions about topics such as speciation, adaptation, and development, and articles on important figures, social and political issues, and related religious topics
The philosophy of biology by Michael Ruse( Book )

60 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptation : current usages / Mary Jane West-Eberhard / - The leibnizian paradigm / Daniel C. Dennett / - Six sayings about adaptationism / Elliott Sober / - Two concepts of constraint : adaptationism and the challenge from developmental biology / Ron Amundson / - Developmental systems and evolutionary explanation / P.E. Griffiths / - The return of the gene / Kim Sterelny / - A Critical review of philosophical work on the units of selection problem / Elliott Sober / - Function without purpose : the uses of causal role function in evolutionary biology / Ron Amundson / - Functions : consensus without unity / Peter Godfrey-Smith / - Individuality, pluralism, and the phylogenetic species concept / Brent D. Mishler / - Eliminative pluralism / Marc Ereshefsky / - Science and myth / John Maynard Smith / - Gender and science : origin, history, and politics / Evelyn Fox Keller / - Essentialism and constructionism about sexual orientation / Edward Stein / - Altruism : theoretical contexts / Alex
Can a Darwinian be a Christian? : the relationship between science and religion by Michael Ruse( Book )

30 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Adopting a balanced perspective on the subject, Michael Ruse offers a serious examination of both Darwinism and Christianity. He covers a wide range of topics, from the Scopes Monkey Trial to claims about the religious significance of extraterrestrials. He deals with major figures in the current science/religion debate (Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, and E.O. Wilson on the science side, as well as Arthur Peacocke, Robert J. Russell, and Keith Ward on the religion side). He considers in detail the claims of the new creationism and reveals some surprising parallels between Darwinian materialists and traditional thinkers such as Saint Augustine." "Michael Ruse argues that, although it is at times difficult for a Darwinian to embrace Christian belief, it is by no means inconceivable. At the same time he suggests ways in which a Christian believer should have no difficulty accepting evolution in general, and Darwinism in particular."--Jacket
The stem cell controversy : debating the issues( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Articles by such experts as scientists, philosophers, and theologians present the debate over stem cell research, a technology that uses the tissue of aborted fetuses to research cures for debilitating disesases
Mystery of mysteries : is evolution a social construction? by Michael Ruse( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 1,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is science objective, a disinterested reflection of reality, as Karl Popper and his followers believed? Or is it subjective, a social construction, as Thomas Kuhn maintained? This text adds to the argument, using evolutionary theory as a case study
Darwinism defended : a guide to the evolution controversies by Michael Ruse( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking Darwin seriously : a naturalistic approach to philosophy by Michael Ruse( Book )

30 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together traditional philosophy and modern sociobiology to examine evolutionary biology and its relation to the evolution of knowledge and ethics
Sociobiology, sense or nonsense? by Michael Ruse( Book )

58 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In June 1975, the distinguished Harvard entomologist Edward O. Wilson published a truly huge book entitled, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis. In this book, drawing on both fact and theory, Wilson tried to present a com prehensive overview of the rapidly growing subject of 'sociobiology', the study of the biological nature and foundations of animal behaviour, more precisely animal social behaviour. Although, as the title rather implies, Wilson was more surveying and synthesising than developing new material, he com pensated by giving the most thorough and inclusive treatment possible, beginning in the animal world with the most simple of forms, and progressing via insects, lower invertebrates, mammals and primates, right up to and in cluding our own species, Homo sapiens. Initial reaction to the book was very favourable, but before the year was out it came under withering attack from a group of radical scientists in the Boston area, who styled themselves 'The Science for the People Sociobiology Study Group'. Criticism, of course, is what every academic gets (and needs!); but, for two reasons, this attack was particularly unpleasant. First, not only were Wilson's ideas attacked, but he himself was smeared by being linked with the most reactionary of political thinkers, including the Nazis
Homosexuality : a philosophical inquiry by Michael Ruse( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author considers the role of male and female homosexuality in society and presents a range of theories about the causes of homosexuality as well as diverse theories about free will and the extent to which it influences sexual orientation
Darwinism and its discontents by Michael Ruse( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,028 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting an ardent defense of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, this book offers a clear and comprehensive exposition of Darwin's thinking
Darwin and design : does evolution have a purpose? by Michael Ruse( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Darwin and Design surveys the argument from design from its introduction by the Greeks, through the coming of Darwinism, down to the present day. In clear, non-technical language Michael Ruse, a well-known authority on the history and philosophy of Darwinism, offers a full and fair assessment of the status of the argument from design in light of both the advances of modern evolutionary biology and the thinking of today's philosophers - with special attention given to the supporters and critics of "intelligent design."" "The first comprehensive history and exposition of Western thought about design in the natural world, this important work suggests directions for our thinking as we move into the twenty-first century. A thoroughgoing guide to a perennially controversial issue, the book makes its own substantial contribution to the ongoing debate about the relationship between science and religion, and between evolution and its religious critics."--Jacket
But is it science? : the philosophical question in the creation/evolution controversy by Michael Ruse( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays dealing with the nature of science and the Evolution/Creationism controversy
Monad to man : the concept of progress in evolutionary biology by Michael Ruse( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 the 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
The Darwinian paradigm : essays on its history, philosophy, and religious implications by Michael Ruse( Book )

26 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" is now 130 years old, but it continues to provoke fierce debate. This lively and controversial collection of essays looks at Darwinism from historical and contemporary perspectives
Charles Darwin by Michael Ruse( Book )

26 editions published between 1893 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ruse (philosophy, Florida State U.) brings to the series his long philosophical interest in both biology and Darwin (1809-82). He explores the English naturalist's philosophical thoughts as he developed his theories on evolution, and the philosophical implications of his discoveries and interpretations of them. He also considers neo-Darwinism, which is how most people today understand his work
Evolutionary naturalism : selected essays by Michael Ruse( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays on the history and philosophy of evolutionary biology which put the theory of knowledge and of moral behaviour on a philosophical basis informed by contemporary evolutionary biological theory
The paleobiological revolution : essays on the growth of modern paleontology( Book )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paleontology has long had a troubled relationship with evolutionary biology. Suffering from a reputation as a second-tier science and conjuring images of fossil collectors and amateurs who dig up bones, paleontology was marginalized even by Darwin himself, who worried that incompleteness in the fossil record would be used against his theory of evolution. But with the establishment of the modern synthesis in the 1940s and the pioneering work of George Gaylord Simpson, Ernst Mayr, and Theodosius Dobzhansky, as well as the subsequent efforts of Stephen Jay Gould, David Raup, and James Valentine
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The evolution-creation struggle
Alternative Names
Michael Ruse Canadian philosopher

Michael Ruse US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftphilosoph, Wissenschaftshistoriker

Rʹjuz, M. 1940-

Ruse, Michael 1940-

Рьюз, М 1940-

Рьюз, М. (Майкл), 1940-

Рьюз, Майкл

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Russian (3)

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The evolution wars : a guide to the debatesThe Darwinian revolution : science red in tooth and clawEvolution : the first four billion yearsThe philosophy of biologyCan a Darwinian be a Christian? : the relationship between science and religionThe stem cell controversy : debating the issuesMystery of mysteries : is evolution a social construction?Taking Darwin seriously : a naturalistic approach to philosophy