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Taking Darwin Seriously, second edition

by Michael Ruse
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1998. 332 pages.

"I do not know if Taking Darwin Seriously is my best or most important book," Ruse writes in the preface to the second edition (1998), "but I do know that it is my most personal and the one which in respects means the most to me." In it, he attempts to "work out a full and satisfying position on the basic questions of epistemology (theory of knowledge) and ethics (theory of morality)" in the light of evolution. The second edition includes a new chapter — "Darwin's new critics on trial" — in which Ruse scrutinizes the antievolutionary claims of Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, and Alvin Plantinga.