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Debating Design
From Darwin to DNA

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William Dembski, Michael Ruse, Angus Menuge, Francisco Ayala, Kenneth Miller, Elliott Sober, Stephen Meyer, Robert Pennock, Stuart Kauffman, David Depew, Bruce Weber, Paul Davies, James Barham, John Haught, John Polkinghorne, Keith Ward, Michael Roberts, Richard Swinburne, Walter Bradley, Michael Behe
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  • Date Published: November 2007
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521709903

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  • William Dembski, Michael Ruse, and other prominent philosophers provide here a comprehensive balanced overview of the debate concerning biological origins--a controversial dialectic since Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859. Invariably, the source of controversy has been "design." Is the appearance of design in organisms (as exhibited in their functional complexity) the result of purely natural forces acting without prevision or teleology? Or, does the appearance of design signify genuine prevision and teleology, and, if so, is that design empirically detectable and thus open to scientific inquiry? Four main positions have emerged in response to these questions: *Darwinism* *self-organization* *theistic evolution* *intelligent design*. The contributors to this volume define their respective positions in an accessible style, inviting readers to draw their own conclusions. Two introductory essays furnish a historical overview of the debate. William A. Dembski is an associate research professor in the conceptual foundations of science at Baylor University as well as a senior fellow with Seattle's Discovery Institute. His most important books are The Design Inference Cambridge, 1998) and No Free Lunch (Rowman and Littleton, 2002). Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Wekmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is the author of many books, including Can a Darwinian Be a Christian?: The Relationship Between Science and Religion (Cambridge, 2000).

    • One of the hottest topics in current philosophical thinking
    • Only well-balanced, even-handed overview of the debate about intelligent design and biological origins
    • Some of the leading contributors to this debate are featured in the volume (Elliott Sober, Robert Pennock, Paul Davies, John Polkinghorne, Keith Ward, Richard Swinburne, Michael Behe)
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    "No other collection offers a comprehensive, balanced, accessible overview like this." SirReadaLot.org

    "[A] stimulating collection of essays..." The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Brendan Sweetman

    "The book is highly recommended." Philosophy in Review

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    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521709903
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: General introduction William Dembski and Michael Ruse
    The argument from design: a brief history Michael Ruse
    Who's afraid of ID? A survey of the intelligent design movement Angus Menuge
    Part I. Darwinism:
    1. Design with designer: Darwin's greatest discovery Francisco Ayala
    2. The flagellum unspun: the collapse of 'irreducible complexity' Kenneth Miller
    3. The design argument Elliott Sober
    4. DNA by design? Stephen Meyer and the return of the god hypothesis Robert Pennock
    Part II. Complex Self-Organization:
    5. Prolegomenon to a general biology Stuart Kauffman
    6. Darwinism, design and complex systems dynamics David Depew and Bruce Weber
    7. Emergent complexity, teleology, and the arrow of time Paul Davies
    8. The emergence of biological value James Barham
    Part III. Theistic Evolution:
    9. Darwin, design and divine providence John Haught
    10. The inbuilt potentiality of creation John Polkinghorne
    11. Theistic evolution Keith Ward
    12. Intelligent design: some geological, historical and theological questions Michael Roberts
    13. The argument from laws of nature reassessed Richard Swinburne
    Part IV. Intelligent Design:
    14. The logical underpinnings of intelligent design William Dembski
    15. Information, entropy and the origin of life Walter Bradley
    16. Irreducible complexity: obstacle to Darwinian evolution Michael Behe
    17. The Cambrian information explosion: evidence for intelligent design Stephen Meyer.

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    • Evolution and Creationism
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  • Editors

    William A. Dembski, Baylor University, Texas
    William A. Dembski is an associate research professor in the conceptual foundations of science at Baylor University as well as a senior fellow with Seattle's Discovery Institute. His most important books are The Design Inference (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and No Free Lunch (2002).

    Michael Ruse, Florida State University
    Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Wekmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is the author of many books, including Darwinism and its Discontents (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

    Contributors

    William Dembski, Michael Ruse, Angus Menuge, Francisco Ayala, Kenneth Miller, Elliott Sober, Stephen Meyer, Robert Pennock, Stuart Kauffman, David Depew, Bruce Weber, Paul Davies, James Barham, John Haught, John Polkinghorne, Keith Ward, Michael Roberts, Richard Swinburne, Walter Bradley, Michael Behe

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