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Ruse, Michael

Works: 168 works in 912 publications in 6 languages and 45,552 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Actor, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, Publishing director
Classifications: QH361, 231.7652
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Ruse
The evolution-creation struggle by Michael Ruse( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,915 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 )

34 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,769 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 )

38 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 1,703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"La publicación en 1859 de "Sobre el origen de las especies" no sólo modificó los fundamentos de la biología, sino que implicó también un cambio esencial en las creencias y los comportamientos - desde los más superficiales a los más profundos - de la humanidad entera. Esta obra de Michael Ruse - autor de "La filosofía de la biología" - ofrece una síntesis de La revolución darwinista, cuyos precedentes y consecuencias se encuadran temporalmente en el período que se inicia en 1830, fecha de edición de los "Principios de Geología" de Charles Lyell, y concluyen en 1875, cuando Charles Darwin (1809-1882) había realizado sus contribuciones decisivas y los argumentos básicos, favorables o contrarios a sus tesis, habían sido ya expuestos. La dimensión científica, la dimensión filosófica y la dimensión religiosa son los tres cabos que se entrelazan en esta polémica, sobre la que influyeron también factores sociales y políticos y que necessita ser explicada en el contexto de la sociedad británica y de la comunidad científica de su época." --Contratapa
Evolution : the first four billion years( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,596 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 )

66 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,563 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 )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,378 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 )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 1,337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent advances in medical research have shown that embryonic stem cells can be used to treat some of the most debilitating diseases, notably Parkinson's disease, spinal injuries, and nerve cell damage. Yet the troubling ethical downside of this promising technology is that up till now the main source of stem cells has been tissue taken from aborted fetuses. This practice has raised sharp criticisms from opponents of abortion who charge that science is capitalizing on an abhorrent procedure. Proponents of stem cell research argue that scientists are making legitimate use of already aborted fetuses, and it is unfair to deprive those suffering from serious diseases and injuries of a potentially revolutionary therapy. The issue became so divisive that in August 2001, President Bush addressed the nation on new developments in stem cell research and the ethical dilemmas this technology poses. Should such research be permitted? What, if any, moral, religious, or political objections might be raised? Philosophers Michael Ruse and Christopher A. Pynes have compiled this valuable collection of articles by noted experts to address all aspects of this question by examining one of today's most challenging and fiercely debated new areas of science. They explain the scientific research, explore the medical promise that it offers, and present the many sides of the ethical, religious, and policy debate. The contributors -- scientists, medical practitioners, philosophers, theologians, historians, and policy analysts -- offer a variety of perspectives, to give readers the critical tools they need to shape an informed position on the topic. This important resource will be useful and accessible to educated readers with no prior knowledge of this contentious issue. - Back cover
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 1,237 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 )

19 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homosexuality : a philosophical inquiry by Michael Ruse( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,094 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 )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,029 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 )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 995 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( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays dealing with the nature of science and the Evolution/Creationism controversy
The Cambridge companion to the "Origin of species" by Michael Ruse( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Companion commemorates the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species and examines its main arguments. Drawing on the expertise of leading authorities in the field, it also provides the contexts - religious, social, political, literary, and philosophical - in which the Origin was composed. Written in a clear and friendly yet authoritative manner, this volume will be essential reading for both scholars and students. More broadly, it will appeal to general readers who want to learn more about one of the most important and controversial books of modern times."--Jacket
Monad to man : the concept of progress in evolutionary biology by Michael Ruse( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 644 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 book traces the delicate 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
The Darwinian paradigm : essays on its history, philosophy, and religious implications by Michael Ruse( Book )

30 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 624 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 )

28 editions published between 1893 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 575 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
Darwinian heresies( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Darwinian Heresies looks at the history of evolutionary thought, breaking through much of the conventional thinking to see whether there are assumptions or theories that are blinding us to important issues. The collection, which includes some of today's leading historians and philosophers of science, digs beneath the surface and shows that not all is precisely as it is too often assumed to be. Covering a wide range of issues starting back in the eighteenth century, Darwinian Heresies brings us through the time of Charles Darwin and the Origin all the way to the twenty-first century."--Jacket
Evolutionary naturalism : selected essays by Michael Ruse( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 325 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 by Michael Ruse( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 313 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 Canadees filosoof

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

مايكل روس

مایکل روس فیلسوف کانادایی

माइकल रूज़

루스, 마이클


ルーズ, マイケル




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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?Darwinism and its discontents