Charts the contributions of colourful luminaries like Erasmus Darwin and Julian Huxley, and popularisers of evolution like Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould, together with leaders in the field of evolutionary studies such as Edward O Wilson. Identifying strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the "science wars", he demonstrates that a resolution of the objective and subjective debate is nonetheless possible.
Michael Ruse is a Canadian philosopher of science with a sharp but good-natured wit, and an inclination to pursue controversial topics related to evolution...[In this book] Ruse is at his scholarly best, exploring thoughtfully the role of ideological and epistemic values in evolutionary science. - Phillip Johnson, Washington Times "Because evolutionary theory has been one of the chief battlefields in the war between constructivists and positivists, Ruse could not have picked a more appropriate topic of study...The readers of Ruse's spirited and ambitious book get to enjoy one more salvo in the science wars." - David L. Hull, Science"
Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University. He has appeared on "Quirks and Quarks" and the Discovery Channel.