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This volume provides a comprehensive and even-handed overview of the debate concerning biological origins. This has been a controversial debate ever 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 and intelligent design. In this unique survey leading figures in the debate argue for their respective positions in a non-technical, accessible style. Readers are thus invited to draw their own conclusions. Two introductory essays furnish a historical overview of the debate.
'The topic is hot; the editors are superb; the cast of contributors is star-studded.' Ronald Numbers, The University of Wisconsin, Madison 'The editors have done a fine job in amassing the leaders of various fields, all of whom are very well known - theologians, scientists, mathematicians and philosophers.' Ronald Trigg, University of Warwick 'The two editors have put together an excellent team to discuss a hot topic ! I would expect this to become a standard work of reference on the issue of 'intelligent design'.' John Brooke, University of Oxford 'No other collection offers a comprehensive, balanced, accessible overview like this.' SirReadaLot.org 'The book is highly recommended.' Philosophy in Review
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