Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism

Paperback | June 23, 1983

byPhilip Kitcher

not yet rated|write a review

Abusing Science is a manual for intellectual self-defense, the most complete available for presenting the case against Creationist pseudo-science. It is also a lucid exposition of the nature and methods of genuine science. The book begins with a concise introduction to evolutionary theory for non-scientists and closes with a rebuttal of the charge that this theory undermines religious and moral values. It will astonish many readers that this case must still be made in the 1980s, but since it must, Philip Kitcher makes it irresistibly and forcefully.

Not long ago, a federal court struck down an Arkansas law requiring that "scientific" Creationism be taught in high school science classes. Contemporary Creationists may have lost one legal battle, but their cause continues to thrive. Their efforts are directed not only at state legislatures but at local school boards and textbook publishers. As Kitcher argues in this rigorous but highly readable book, the integrity of science is under attack. The methods of inquiry used in evolutionary biology are those which are used throughout the sciences. Moreover, modern biology is intertwined with other fields of science--physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology. Creationists hope to persuade the public that education in science should be torn apart to make room for a literal reading of Genesis.

Abusing Science refutes the popular complaint that the scientific establishment is dogmatic and intolerant, denying "academic freedom" to the unorthodox. It examines Creationist claims seriously and systematically, one by one, showing clearly just why they are at best misguided, at worst ludicrous.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$38.98 online
$39.00 list price
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25
HURRY, ONLY 1 LEFT!

From the Publisher

Abusing Science is a manual for intellectual self-defense, the most complete available for presenting the case against Creationist pseudo-science. It is also a lucid exposition of the nature and methods of genuine science. The book begins with a concise introduction to evolutionary theory for non-scientists and closes with a rebuttal ...

Philip Kitcher is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, and Director of its Center for the Philosophy of Science. Kitcher is the author of a searching book on "Scientific" Creationism, Abusing Science, published by The MIT Press in 1982.

other books by Philip Kitcher

Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner's Ring
Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner's Ring

Kobo ebook|Mar 31 2004

$10.79 online$13.99list price(save 22%)
Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism
Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism

Kobo ebook|Oct 28 2014

$25.29 online$32.81list price(save 22%)
see all books by Philip Kitcher
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 5.88 × 0.44 inPublished:June 23, 1983Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:026261037X

ISBN - 13:9780262610377

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

With his book, Abusing Science, Kitcher...takes his place beside such eloquent champions of Darwin's theory as Thomas Huxley and Clarence Darrow.