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Taking Darwin seriously : a naturalistic approach to philosophy

Author: Michael Ruse
Publisher: New York, NY : Blackwell, 1986.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Ruse
ISBN: 0631135421 9780631135425 0631154787 9780631154785
OCLC Number: 12236751
Description: xv, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The biological background --
The fact of evolution --
The path of evolution --
The theory of evolution: natural selection --
The theory of evolution: modern genetics --
Good science? --
Evolutionary epistemology --
Evolution as analogy --
Herbert Spenser and the law of progress --
Stephen Toulmin's Darwinian model --
The analogy considered: the fact of evolution --
The analogy considered: the path of evolution --
The analogy considered: the cause of evolution --
Donald Campbell's Darwinian variations --
Karl Popper and the revision of Darwinism --
Evolutionary ethics --
Moral issues --
Evolution and ethics --
Herbert Spencer and the moral value of progress --
Spencerian problems --
William Graham Sumner and Social Darwinism --
Thomas Henry Huxley and his stand against nature --
Hume's law and the naturalistic fallacy --
Is the natural innately good? --
Edward O. Wilson and the foundations of morality --
The evolution of the moral sense --
Human evolution --
The fact of human evolution --
The path human evolution --
The cause of human evolution --
The problem of culture --
The biology of language --
Ape language --
Is culture independent of biology? --
Epigenetic rules --
Darwinian epistemology --
The nature of science --
Scientific reasoning --
The case for a biological backing --
The case for (continued) --
The case against --
The rivals to science --
Philosophical precursor: Kant? --
Philosophical precurser: Hume? --
Common-sense realism --
Metaphysical scepticism --
Konrad Lorenz and the biological a priori --
The ultimate foundations --
Darwinian ethics --
Substantive ethics --
Meta-ethics --
The evolution of morality --
The empirical evidence: social animals --
The empirical evidence: chimpanzees --
The empirical evidence: humans --
Substantive ethics reconsidered: utilitarianism --
My family and other animals --
To give and not to count the cost --
Substantive ethics reconsidered: Kantianism --
Moral disagreements --
Darwinian meta-ethics --
Objectifying morality --
Stepping around Hume's law --
Freedom of choice --
Possible precursor: Kant? --
Possible precursor: Hume? --
Looking forward --
Darwin's new critics on trial.
Responsibility: Michael Ruse.

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