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new book – ‘The Philosophy of Human Evolution’ by Michael Ruse

Written on February 23, 2012

Philosophy of Human Evolution

The Philosophy of Human Evolution (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Biology) by Michael Ruse (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

(kindle ed.), (amazon.co.uk)

Book description from the publisher:

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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