Darwin and Philosophy Today

  • Michael Ruse
Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 2)


Charles Darwin’s great work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,1 is first and foremost a work in empirical biological science. We must never lose sight of this fact. Drawing on findings and theories of fellow geologists and biologists, from paleontologists to embryologists, from systematics to students of animal behaviour, Darwin skilfully wove a brilliant scientific tapestry, showing how the organic world evolved slowly from humble origins through the mechanism of natural selection.


Natural Selection Evolutionary Ethic Scientific Change Darwinian Theory Evolutionary Epistemology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Ruse
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  1. 1.University of GuelphCanada

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