The Philosophy of Human Evolution

by Michael Ruse

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 282 pages.

The Philosophy of Human Evolution is a historical and critical survey of the ways in which Darwinian thinking has clashed and interacted with the concerns of philosophers,” reviewer Matt Cartmill explains. “Intended for a general audience, the book showcases Ruse’s manifold skills as a writer. His prose is lucid, straightforward, and colloquial. Each paragraph leads into the next with elegant coherence and no complicated impediments to the smooth flow of ideas. As might be expected from so brief and readable a book, there are no profound or subtle new ideas here; but most readers will bring away new facts and insights from this thoughtful little page-turner.”